5/5 - Excellent
Verified traveler20 Oct. 2019
Loved Washington- plenty to do and see
From the President's home at the White House, to the home of Congress and the Senate on Capitol Hill, this is the city where the government of America conducts it day-to-day business. And from the tall white obelisk of the Washington Monument, to the striking Lincoln Memorial, Washington is a city packed with reminders of an American past that stretches from Founding Fathers to Civil War to Civil Rights.
If everything seems so very familiar when you wander around Washington, that's because it is. Countless films, books and news broadcasts have stamped these symbols of power into the world's consciousness. The National Mall, that criss-cross of parkland that's the backdrop for much of the city's architectural and monumental drama, is really the only place to start.
Here you can walk the spaces that have packed with the American people at times of crisis and celebration – Martin Luther King's famous 'Dream' speech rang out here. So too did the noise of the Vietnam War protests, and the crack of fireworks each Independence Day on 4th of July. The Mall is also where America tries to heal its wounds. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is tucked into a corner, a poignant reminder that while America doesn't always agree, it can still put divisions behind it.
This capital city is big on celebrating all aspects of the national culture. The National Air and Space Museum vies for your attention with the National Museum of Natural History, which jostles with the National Gallery of Art. There is a museum dedicated to the news media at the Newseum, and one that thrusts you into the role of secret agent, the International Spy Museum.
Foggy Bottom has the remnants of a notorious slum tucked in amongst its government offices and cultural centres. Watergate hides here too. And the Arlington National Cemetery doesn't just provide America's fallen with their last resting place. General Lee – that hero of the South who almost broke up the United States – has his home here. His estate was chosen as the national war cemetery as punishment for leading the Confederates armies.
And what about the 'D.C.' bit – the District of Columbia – in the name. It isn't there merely to set the capital apart from the State of Washington, on the far-flung north-west US coast. As the capital, the District of Columbia is wholly separate from the strongly independent States that make up the United States of America. Visit any one of those States, and you'll get a window onto a piece of the American soul. But it's only in Washington D.C. that those pieces are woven together to make the American Dream whole.
Museums, Historical Buildings and Monuments
Explore the home and workplace of the president of the United States. See entertainment areas and state rooms and learn about the history of this famous building.
This mammoth monument to America's first President and foremost founding father casts a long shadow over Washington – but for a long time it's place was in doubt.
This Memorial houses a statue of the President who took a stand against slavery – and who had just started to heal the nation, when he was brutally assassinated.
Sitting on top of Capitol Hill is a Washington landmark that’s been the home of American democracy for more than 200 years.
A place to muse on the words of one of the authors of the US Declaration of Independence, and perhaps its most thoughtful of Presidents.
One of the quieter, reflective corners of the Mall, this memorial carries the name of every single soldier who died in America's most controversial war.
Jump on a double-decker bus to explore Washington, D.C. at your leisure. As the authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service, this is the official tour of the National Mall and an ideal way to explore the Nation’s Capital.
Delve into the African American heritage of the United States and its capital city on this local-led tour of D.C. Visit landmarks like Frederick Douglass' house and the Martin Luther King Jr.
Named “Washington's Best Tour” by the Washingtonian Magazine, the Old Town Trolley offers the most comprehensive tour of the Nation's Capitol. Sit back while expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington D.C.
Glide along Pennsylvania Avenue and the National Mall during a guided Segway tour that shows you all of Washington, D.C.'s most important landmarks. Dive head-first into U.S. history while admiring monuments, museums, and memorials dedicated to the nation's formative years.
Your tour begins at the US Navy Memorial and loops around the National Mall, stopping at iconic landmarks and powerful tributes to key moments in American history along the way.
Immerse yourself in the world’s greatest news stories in the Newseum's 15 galleries and 15 theaters. Experience 5 centuries of news history, play reporter in an interactive newsroom, and take in panoramic views of the capital city from the terrace.
Verified traveler1 Oct. 2019
A great place to visit. So much history and attractions to see.
Savoring America’s melting pot of cheap eats and unique treats
From the National Mall’s legendary landmarks to the glittering restaurants of Dupont Circle, Washington D.C. promises an unforgettable adventure.
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