Washington DC Photos: Images from the Potomac River

Potomac River with Washington Monument
Dusk in Washington, DC, Potomac River with Washington Monument to left and Kennedy Center to the right, by the river. Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Archive Photos Collection/Getty Images

Washington DC is one of the most scenic cities in the nation. This photo shows an early evening view across the Potomac River looking toward the National Mall. Crossing the Arlington Memorial Bridge to Washington DC leads to the many famous memorials, monuments and museums. The Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument are two of the most iconic national landmarks in the nation's capital. Many of the best views of the city can be seen by boat or on land from across the Potomac River. Take this photo tour and enjoy a variety of images of Washington DC. 

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View of Georgetown University from the Potomac River

Georgetown University
Daniela Duncan

Georgetown University has a beautiful campus with Gothic and Georgian brick architecture. As you drive along the George Washington Memorial Parkway or take a boat ride along the Potomac River, you can see a picture perfect view of the Georgetown campus. Also in this photo, you can see the Georgetown Boathouse on the waters' edge and the  Washington National Cathedral in the distance. 

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John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts

Kennedy Center
Brooks Craft/Kennedy Images

The John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts is a memorial and live theater that is situated right on the Potomac River in Washington DC. The building is one of the largest and most prominent in the nation's capital. Kennedy Center patrons enjoy panoramic views of the area from the theater's terrace.rt

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Washington Harbour - Georgetown Waterfront

Washington Harbour
Dennis K. Johnson

Washington Harbour is a multi-use development in Georgetown that is home to many restaurants, a boat dock, an office complex, residential apartments and retail establishments. Visitors flock to the waterfront restaurants during the summer months to enjoy outdoor dining and views of the Potomac River. 

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Rosslyn Virginia Skyline from the Potomac River

Rosslyn Virginia Skyline

Views of the Rosslyn, Virginia skyline can be seen best from the George Washington Memorial Parkway, aboard a boat on the Potomac River, and from Theodore Roosevelt Island. Rosslyn is an urban community that is just over the river from Washington DC. 

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East Potomac Park

Rachel Cooper

East Potomac Park is a peninsula located between the Washington Channel and the Potomac River just south of the Tidal Basin. The park has terrific views of Washington DC and Northern Virginia and is a popular destination for outdoor recreation. 

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Key Bridge Over the Potomac River

Key Bridge Over the Potomac River
Cameron Davidson

The Key Bridge is one of the many bridges that crosses the Potomac River into Washington DC from Northern Virginia. The six lane arch-style bridge crosses into the Georgetown neighborhood and provides spectacular views. The bridge was built in 1923 and was named in honor of Francis Scott Key, the man who wrote the Star Spangled Banner. 

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Aerial View of Washington DC

Aerial View of Washington DC
Cameron Davidson

Here is an aerial view of Washington DC and the Potomac River. The nation's capital has a variety of green space and is a beautiful city.