Washington D.C. is the epicentre of memorials and monuments honouring the individuals who went above and beyond for their country. Make sure to mark your maps with the Thomas Jefferson, FDR and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials, Korean War, Veteran Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and The World War II Memorial.
Being the birthplace of jazz legend Duke Ellington, it’s natural to assume there are jazz clubs and you’d be right. Visit the top music districts to enjoy and appreciate those jazz tunes.
In Washington D.C. you’ll find high quality museums. Some of the best museums in DC offer plenty of culture. The Smithsonian Institution,the world’s largest museum and research complex has 19 museums and galleries. Other museums to visit are the National Museum of American History, Woodrow Wilson House Museum and the International Spy Museum.
Washington D.C. is the center of government in the United States. Tour the White House and visit the East Wing, the Blue Room, Red Room and Green Room; the State Dining Room; the China Room; and a view of the White House Rose Garden. Learn about the buildings, courtrooms, laws and people involved in making changes at the Supreme Court. Also places to visit are the Pentagon, The Library of Congress, and the U.S. Capitol.
After a day of immersing yourself in memorials, monuments and government buildings take a walk on the Georgetown waterfront. People-watch, have a picnic, or enjoy the view of sights such as the Key Bridge, Potomac, the Washington Harbour and more.
It’s easy to ride the Metro or hop on a bike and explore all that DC has to offer. Walk the halls of free Smithsonian museums, paddle on the Potomac River or sit back on a double-decker tour bus and soak up some history. Local shops, funky marketplaces and people-watching hot spots beckon by midday, as nighttime gives way to multi-course dinners and drinks from local breweries. However you spend your time here, make it count. in this incredibly picturesque city.
Built to honor then President Abraham Lincoln, the memorial is symbolic of the impact that Lincoln was able to give to the United States of America. From the symbolic columns to the inaugural speech one cannot help but feel the amount of history that the monument represents.
Erected in commemoration of George Washington, the Washington Monument is an obelisk that is considered as the tallest of its kind as well as being the tallest stone structure in the world. Various memorial stones coming from various groups also add to the solemnity of the structure.
No visit to the capital is ever complete without visiting the US Capitol, the US Supreme Court, as well as the White House. Make sure to book guided tours to fully enjoy your visit as well as to get to know the history behind each building. Some tours (like the case viewing for the Supreme Court) have limited slots so be sure to book in advance.
A very solemn memorial, the Holocaust museum is a must visit for anyone who plans to go to Washington DC. The museum provides guided tours that explain the events that led to the holocaust as well as its impact during its time.
Administered by the Smithsonian Institution, the museum offers various collections of specimens and artifacts from geology to human origins and western cultures.