When you’re walking through the city, the best thing you can do is look upwards. Washington D.C. is home to some of the most iconic architectural gems in the world, like the White House and the U.S. Capitol Building. Outside of the well-known buildings you see in textbooks and postcards worldwide, here are some modern-day masterpieces to behold right in our favorite city.

Union Station

New York City has Grand Central Station, and London has King's Cross Station; Washington D.C. has the incomparable and effervescent Union Station. The magnificent building boasts grand statues, majestic arches, and dramatic staircases, all highlighted by Beaux-arts design. From the moment you walk in the front of the building through its wildly beautiful and tall arches, you enter into a remarkable plaza with gold leaf ceilings and patterned floors that will take your breath away. Your train ride just became a movie scene!

The Hirshhorn Museum

For a destination filled with some of the best modern art globally, it makes sense that the building itself would also be one of the most beautiful locations in Washington. The Hirshhorn Museum is a cylinder with a hollowed-out middle, meaning you can walk into a courtyard in the middle of the museum and be surrounded by the museum walls on all sides. When you walk through the building, each floor is a circle that ends up back in the same place — so you’ll never get lost! Stunning outside and in, you won’t forget your first time stepping foot into this incredible museum.

Arena Stage

The Arena Stage is more than a theatre; it ranks among the grandest and jaw-dropping stage exteriors in all of the city. Built by architect Bing Tho, the Arena Stage building is located by the Wharf in Southwest Washington and is unlike anything else in the District. The round building with all glass walls—similar to the Hirshhorn but with no hollowed-out interior—placed a 1950s theater-in-the-round back in 2010. The performing arts center is a precious example of modern architecture, and it also boasts sustainability and preservation.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

A much-needed and gorgeous newcomer to the mall, The National Museum of African American History and Culture blows other buildings in D.C. out of the water with its unique design. The building’s striking exterior was inspired by the Yoruba crown — a three-tiered crown used in Yoruban art of West Africa. The bronze building was designed by British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye and is lovely because of its significant meaning and identity. Step inside to behold even more beauty!

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