Family photos act as frozen memories at different points in your lives. They can be whimsical, stoic or downright awkward. Whatever style of family photo you want to take, there are great photographers and locations you can use. Here are the best places to take family photos in Washington, D.C.

United States National Arboretum
3501 New York Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 245-2726

The United States National Arboretum is one large expansion of scenic backdrops. Besides being a great place for families to picnic, walk and generally spend time together, it is a beautiful place for a family photo. Take a picture at the famous columns, at one of the gardens and pretty much anywhere in the museum. You can take a whole series of photos that you can use for your future holiday cards, scrapbooks or just for your social media profiles. Enjoy nature and some time with your family.

The Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial Circle N.W.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 426-6841

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most beloved and memorable presidents in U.S. history. His contributions to the country and to generations of people, will always be his legacy. The Lincoln Memorial immortalizes those contributions and all the president stood for. Commonly used in movies and television, it is also one of the most photographed landmarks in DC. Residents and visitors take engagement, wedding, anniversary and other important pictures there. Use this symbol of unity as the backdrop for your family photo.

Tidal Basin
Tidal Basin and Ohio Drive NW
Washington DC, 20003
(202) 484-0206

Located near several memorials, including the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial and Jefferson Memorial, the Tidal Basin is a body of water that seems to connect these great landmarks. The most recognizable attribute of the basin are the many cherry blossom trees that line it. The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival honors the gift that was given to the city. When the blossoms are in bloom, it makes an incredible background for a family photo.

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Tudor Place
1644 31st. St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-0400

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden has a reading room, gardens, art collection, hosts events and more. This Georgetown gem is one of the overlooked attractions in the city. With ornamental gardens, fountains, an orchard and more on over five acres, there are plenty of special spots at Tudor Place for you to take a family photo. Spend some quality time with your family learning the history about the house and garden, then capture it with a photo that will become a part of your family’s history.

The John F Kennedy Center
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(800) 444-1324

One of Washington DC’s most popular venues, museums and historic landmarks, the John F. Kennedy Center sees millions of visitors each year. The views alone attract a number of people to the center, including those wanting a special backdrop for their photos. While many people take their wedding photos there, you can take your family photos there as well. Capture the monuments, river and the DC landscape in the background of your family photo. And make sure to catch a show or at least take a tour.

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