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Below are some of the most popular sites in Washington D.C. and the surrounding area. Click on any button to learn more.
The National Cathedral welcomes those of all faiths. See the stunning Gothic architecture of the Cathedral which is the 6th largest in the world and took 83 years to construct. While at the National Cathedral, you can pay your respects to Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, who is buried there. Woodrow Wilson is the only United States President interred in Washington, DC.
Go back in time to see the Wright Flyer from 1903 or the airplane Charles Lindbergh flew solo from New York to Paris (The Spirit of St. Louis). Then look at the Apollo 11 Command Module (Columbia) and afterwards actually touch a rock from the moon. The National Air and Space Museum has thousands of artifacts that share the journey of flight from airplanes to spaceships! There’s even a Planetarium on site as well as amazing shows in an IMAX theater. The National Air and Space Museum is a sight not to be missed.
The African Bush Elephant will greet you as you enter The National Museum of Natural History. But fear not, there are many other mammals on display that will amaze you. There are also exhibits in the Ocean Hall where you can explore whales and other deep sea creatures. Afterwards take a walk to the gem collections and see the Hope Diamond. Is the diamond cursed? Your guide will tell you stories for you to decide. The fun doesn’t stop there, you will see mummies from Egypt and see what shows are playing in the IMAX theater! Be sure to include this sight during your stay.
See the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner. Go to the Land of Oz and see the ruby slippers worn by Dorothy. Imagine wearing dresses and other garments that former and present First Ladies have worn. The fun doesn’t stop there, as you can look into the kitchen of Julia Child and see old episodes from her cooking show. The National Museum of American History is one of the most popular museums on the National Mall, be certain not to miss it.
The highest court in the United States. The Court is next to the Library of Congress and consists of 9 Justices including the Chief Justice of the United States. Inside the Supreme Court building you will walk through an exhibit of past Supreme Justices including Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Justice and Sandra Day O’Connor, the court’s first woman justice. If the court is not in session, you can look into the actual court chamber.
Visit the largest collection of knowledge in the world. There are over 144 million items in The Library of Congress also known as the Jefferson Building. Just think, the library started with the personal library of Thomas Jefferson. The Library of Congress is more than just books. Only 22 million items in the library are books and manuscripts but you will also find music, films and even musical instruments.
Completed in 1982, the design for the Vietnam Memorial was decided in a competition won by an American architect Maya Lin. The memorial pays tribute to those members of the armed forces who were either KIA (Killed in Action) or MIA (Missing in Action) during the war. As you read the names on the wall, those soldiers marked with a diamond were killed in action while those marked with a cross are missing in action. Since many veterans of the war are unable to make it to the memorial, there is a duplicate of the memorial that travels to various locations in the United States. The monument is called “The Moving Wall”.
The hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery serve as the final resting place to over 400,000 active duty members, veterans and their families. See the Eternal Flame as you pay your respects to President John F. Kennedy. Observe the traditional Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Visit many more memorials to those who, as President Lincoln said, “Gave the last full measure of devotion.” Arlington National Cemetery is a must see location on your trip to Washington, DC.
This memorial honors the millions of individuals of the Armed Forces of the United States who gave their support during World War II. One of the more moving points of the memorial are the 4,048 Gold Stars representing the over 400,000 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice. Each Gold Star represents 100 Americans who lost their lives during World War II.
This simple but beautiful structure is located just off the reflecting pool pays tribute to those who lost their lives and all those who served in World War I from the Washington, DC area. This circular memorial is made from Vermont Marble and is 47 feet high. Construction was completed in 1931 and dedicated by President Herbert Hoover. In 2010 the memorial underwent a restoration to return the structure to its original color and making access easier.
Visit this moving tribute to the men, women and children who lost their lives during this terrible time in history. Prior to visiting the exhibit, you can take a journey through Daniel’s Room. This exhibit will allow you to experience the changes and hardships experienced by one family through a child’s eyes. The National Holocaust Museum is a powerful sight and one you will always remember.
One of the newest memorials pays tribute to the slain civil rights leader who fought for social equality for people of color in the United States through non-violence. The monument also commemorates the year The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law. The 30-foot granite relief statue is named “The Stone of Hope” from his 1963 speech at The Lincoln Memorial.
Nestled in the Tidal Basin, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial pays tribute to one of the country’s founding fathers, author of The Declaration of Independence and the 3rd President of the United States. The domed memorial itself was influenced by The Pantheon in Rome and features a 19-foot bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson. Allow yourself to go back in time as you walk around the 5-ton statue and gaze upon the walls of the memorial that quote some of Thomas Jefferson’s famous sayings.
This memorial dedicated to the 32nd President of the United States covers over 7 ½ acres and traces the 12 years of his presidency. President Roosevelt is the only President to have been elected to the presidency 4 times. This beautiful tribute recalls famous quotes, displays statues and covers the President’s leadership during the depression and World War II.
If you’re driving to Washington DC, the Washington Monument will most likely be the first structure you will see from miles away. Standing at over 555 feet tall, this structure dedicated to the first President of the United States is an incredible sight to behold from land or air – if you’re lucky enough to see it while landing at one of the local airports.
Visit the home of our nation’s first President. You will start your adventure at the Visitor’s Center where you will receive an orientation of the mansion from your guide. Upon entering the grounds, you will see: the original entrance to Mount Vernon that George Washington used, the Slave bunk quarters, the Blacksmith, and other sites. After touring the three buildings that make up the mansion, you will visit the Old Tomb where George Washington was originally laid to rest and the new sanctuary where you can pay your respects to George and Martha Washington. Finally, at the Education Center you will visit the newly opened museum, see a 4D Movie (it snows in the theatre,) and answer the question, were George Washington’s teeth made of wood? Let’s go to Mount Vernon together and find out!
See the documents that really started it all for the United States. On display you will see: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights in the rotunda. There are additional secrets to the room your guide will share with you! Also, at the Archives you will see and hear the first recording and video of a United States President and other exhibits!
See the White House, the home of the President of the United States. Hear the history and heroism regarding the White House including the destruction of the building during the War of 1812. You will hear stories of former Presidents during their time in the White House. Unfortunately, we will not be able to go inside the White House on this tour, however you can apply for a reservation to visit the building either through your local congressional representative or by visiting the White House Web Site (Whitehouse.gov)
One of the most recognizable buildings in the country. The U.S. Capitol stands at the center of Washington, D.C. Come and explore this historic building as you will see a short video of how the country was started, our government created and ceremonies that take place at the Capitol. Afterwards, we will visit a few areas of the Capitol including the Rotunda under the Capitol Dome.
On the night of April 14, 1865, President Lincoln wanted to enjoy the performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre. Instead, he was shot by John Wilkes Booth and passed away the following day. Take a trip back to the past and explore museum in the basement of Ford’s Theatre as see many artifacts of the time. You will sit in the theatre itself and see exactly where President Lincoln was sitting when he was shot. Finally, we will cross the street to the Petersen Boarding House and see the bed where Abraham Lincoln died. You will hear the whole story behind the assassination plot and aftermath stories as well.
The memorial depicts 19 soldiers on patrol representing the four branches of the military. The statues are over seven feet tall and weigh close to 1000 pounds. Fourteen statues represent the Army, three statues represent the Marine Corps., one statue represents the Navy and one statue represents the Air Force. The granite wall depicts photos of 38 soldiers, 38 months and the 38th Parallel which separates North and South Korea.
Dedicated in 1922, The Lincoln Memorial stands right on the banks of the Potomac River welcoming visitors to Washington, D.C. Together we will explore the specific meanings of the columns that surround the sanctuary as well as the stories and mistakes in this magnificent memorial to the nation’s 16th President of the United States.