If you are considering a place to visit in the United States that is full of history and many thought-provoking things to see, then one place to consider is Washington, DC. As our nation’s capital, since 1790, Washington, DC is filled with museums, memorials, and places to visit that are rich in American history and culture. A visitor could easily spend several days in Washington, DC, and still not see every historical site that is recommended by previous travelers; however, if you are looking for some ideas of places that shouldn’t be missed, then continue reading below for some information about our favorite spots in, and around, Washington, DC.
-The National Mall and Memorial Parks: The heart of Washington, DC involves the National Mall and the beautiful area right around the Mall. This grassy area, aligned with walkways, is surrounded by some of Washington’s most visited places. Visitors will find several Smithsonian Museum buildings located along the edge of the Mall, as well as memorials, statues, and many other interesting things to see.
-Memorials in Washington, DC: The memorials can be visited by walking, by car, or by tour bus. These memorials include ones, such as; the Washington Monument, Abraham Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, WWII Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Roosevelt Memorial, and many others.
-The White House Visitor Center: Unless you have scheduled well in advance, then you probably will not be allowed into the actual White House, but visiting the White House Visitor Center, that is operated by the National Park Service, can provide you with some interesting White House information. The White House has been home to the standing U.S. President since 1800.
-Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Ranked as the most popular museum in the U.S., this massive museum is home to the world’s biggest collection of historical spacecraft and aircraft. The museum is located adjacent to the National Mall, and incorporates a second location, that can be found at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near the Washington Dulles International Airport.
-National Archives Museum: This museum is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, just a little north from the National Mall. It is within this building that you can see the documents that helped to create our country; the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. There are also several other important documents that can be seen here, and visitors can easily spend a couple of hours in this museum.
-Arlington National Cemetery: Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA, is this beautiful cemetery. Comprised of over 600 acres of rolling hills, visitors can experience peace, devotion, and respect, as you see the U.S. Military at their assigned posts and walk around the final resting place of some very influential Americans.
-Smithsonian National Museum of American History: This museum that is unique to our country, is home to a plethora of artifacts that helped to shape our American culture. It is located along the edge of the National Mall, and as with all of the Smithsonian Museums, entrance is always free to the public.
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