DC named one of best places to visit in US

There’s a multitude of well known visitor attractions in the D.C. area, The Exorcist Stairs, the site of the climactic scene from The Exorcist is one of the more unusual. (WTOP)
The Washington Monument is one of D.C.'s most popular monuments. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The Washington Monument is an iconic feature of the D.C. skyline. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery, one of 18 Smithsonian Institutions in D.C. (Courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery)
The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery, one of 18 Smithsonian Institutions in D.C. (Courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery) (Courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery)
Dupont Underground. Abandoned trolley tunnels, a mile away from the White House, are turning into an art space. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Dupont Underground. Abandoned trolley tunnels, a mile away from the White House, are turning into an art space. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Seeing the White House is a must for most visitors to D.C. President George Washington, selected the site for the White House in 1791.  (Thinkstock)
Of course seeing the White House is a must for most visitors to D.C. President George Washington selected the site for the White House in 1791. (Thinkstock) (Thinkstock)
The Mansion on O Street has 100 rooms to explore along with elaborate tea services. (WTOP)
The Mansion on O Street has 100 rooms to explore along with elaborate tea services. (WTOP) (WTOP s)
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington during the Spring snow storm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Washington D.C. is home to a number of war memorials. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall is a tribute to the dead and missing from Vietnam. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (AP)
Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. is one of the most famous tourist sites. (Thinkstock)
Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. continues to be one of the most famous tourist sites and is an evening tour staple. (Thinkstock)   (Thinkstock)
The U.S. Capitol's former columns still stand at the United States National Arboretum in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The U.S. Capitol’s former columns still stand at the United States National Arboretum in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
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Tours of the modern day United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building and the home of the United States Congress, are a popular choice. (Thinkstock) (Thinkstock)
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The Washington Monument is one of D.C.'s most popular monuments. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery, one of 18 Smithsonian Institutions in D.C. (Courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery)
Dupont Underground. Abandoned trolley tunnels, a mile away from the White House, are turning into an art space. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Seeing the White House is a must for most visitors to D.C. President George Washington, selected the site for the White House in 1791.  (Thinkstock)
The Mansion on O Street has 100 rooms to explore along with elaborate tea services. (WTOP)
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington during the Spring snow storm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. is one of the most famous tourist sites. (Thinkstock)
The U.S. Capitol's former columns still stand at the United States National Arboretum in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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WASHINGTON — When it comes to travel destinations to tick off the bucket list, D.C. is one of the most desirable places to visit in the U.S.

The District was one of TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travelers’ Choice Award Winners for Destinations in the U.S., taking the 11th spot out of 25.

The winners were determined by the online planning and booking site based on a number of factors. The quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide were looked at on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period, along with traveler booking interest on the site.

It seems that D.C.’s abundance of history and plentiful cultural offerings is attracting travelers.

“It’s clear in looking at this year’s list of Travelers’ Choice award-winning destinations that our millions of reviewers across the globe love exploring iconic cities that are full of rich history and culture,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor.

New York City took the top spot for the best destination to visit in the U.S. Maui, Hawaii, was in second place, Las Vegas, Nevada, took third, Oahu, Hawaii, fourth and Orlando, Florida, fifth.

A global list of winners was also compiled by TripAdvisor. Paris, France, scooped the top award, followed in second place by London, United Kingdom.


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