9 Movie Locations to Visit in Washington DC

On Wednesday I visited a Washington D.C. landmark I had wanted to see for years.

The Exorcist Steps.

It got me thinking. These steps could not possibly be the only place where awesome movies were filmed. I mean, this is Washington D.C. We are pretty famous as far as cities go.

My kids on the Exorcist Steps


I did some research and lo and behold – there are a ton of cool places around here where movies were shot.

Check them out.

  • The Bar From St. Elmo’s Fire 1 of 9
    The Bar From St. Elmo's Fire
    The bar in St. Elmo's Fire is really called The Tombs and it is in Georgetown. You can go there and get a drink. You can even feather your hair and act like a yuppie if it suits you.
    Photo Credit - Source
  • Union Station 2 of 9
    Union Station
    Sooooo many movies have scenes filmed in Washington D.C.'s Union Station: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Head of State, The Wedding Crashers, Hannibal, and Collateral Damage just to name a few. I usually just go there to catch trains.
    Photo Image
  • National Archives 3 of 9
    National Archives
    Scenes from All the President's Men, National Treasure and JFK were filmed at The National Archives. Plus, they have the actual Declaration of Independence.
    Photo Credit source
  • Dulles Airport 4 of 9
    Dulles Airport
    Yes, Dulles is the Airport in Die Hard 2: Die Harder.
    Photo Credit: Source
  • The Willard 5 of 9
    The Willard
    The Willard InterContinental was featured in the finale of the Steven Spielberg/Tom Cruise film Minority Report. It is really close to the White House.
    Photo Credit:Source
  • The Lincoln Memorial 6 of 9
    The Lincoln Memorial
    The Wedding Crashers, G.I. Jane, Independence Day, Armageddon, Thank You for Smoking, Nixon, The Long Kiss Goodnight and a geographically inaccurate Forrest Gump are among the many movies that have used the Lincoln Memorial as a shooting location.
  • Riggs Bank 7 of 9
    Riggs Bank
    This joint was in Transformers AND The Pelican Brief.
  • Gallerie L’enfant 8 of 9
    Gallerie L'enfant
    The Gallerie L'Enfant (or L'Enfant Gallery, if you are the sign) was in the Kevin Kline movie Dave. I adore Dave. I don't even know if anyone else has seen it.
  • Exorcist Steps 9 of 9
    Exorcist Steps
    My neighbor wanted to go to a water park. Instead I took my kids to the Exorcist Steps in Georgetown. Someday they will think that I am awesome.
    Image Credit: Sarah Braesch, Source: Sarah Braesch


Next time you are in DC call me. I still haven’t been the St. Elmo’s Fire bar.

* * *

More of me on That’s Right. You Heard Me:
Things I Could Live Without
10 Free Things to Do With Your Kids in Washington D.C.
What Do I Do with this Wedding Dress?

Article Posted 4 years Ago
share this article
facebook twitter tumblr pinterest
See Comments
what do you think?
share this article
facebook twitter tumblr pinterest
See Comments
what do you think?
what do you think?
close comments

Related Videos