Washington D.C. is situated on the east coast of the USA, along the banks of the Potomac River.
The city has an area of just under 70 square miles, but it sure packs a lot in! Washington was founded as the nation’s capital in 1791.
As soon as you land here you get a sense of the power and history that this metropolis represents.
The National Mall, located in the heart of Washington, DC, making it easily accessible from all areas, and receives more than 24 million visitors annually. In addition, an important historical dimension appears in it, this place extends with open green spaces with natural landscapes, It will provide you a time of relaxation and peace. Most visitors start at the National Mall, a two-mile green strip often referred to as “The Nation’s Front Lawn”.
Clearly there’s no shopping to be done at this Mall, you will have the opportunity to take a sweep of the country’s most famous monuments and museums, all in one place.
A lengthy tour inside the park will give you an idea of the history of America, ancient and modern, in an interesting and enjoyable way without the need for a guide.
To the north you’ll see America’s most famous residence, The White House.
To the south stands the Washington Monument, as the tallest building in Washington, D.C. Rising 555 feet, this marble obelisk is the centerpiece of the National Mall, and took 36 years to complete. When it was completed in 1884, it was the tallest building in the world. This building in Washington remains one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the city and the world, and is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
The US Capitol Building, on top of Capitol Hill, is the nation’s seat of federal government.
Rest a while by the Reflecting Pool. Surrounded by America’s most iconic tributes to its heroes and founding fathers, it’s easy to let your mind wander back through the various chapters of America’s history.
The nearby Lincoln Memorial is where Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.
Admire the many sculptures and waterfalls at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial further along the Mall. It is a presidential memorial dedicated not only to the memory of United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), but also to the era he represented.Dedicated on May 2, 1997 by President Bill Clinton.
Across the Tidal Basin, Thomas Jefferson keeps a watchful eye on the White House from his own memorial, built in the style of ancient Rome.
The Mall is also home to many of the nation’s Smithsonian buildings. To learn more about this interesting collection of museums and galleries, stop by at the Information Center in the Smithsonian Institution Building called the Castle.
The whole family will enjoy the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where you can let your imagination fly high among historic airplanes and spacecraft.
Another charming central suburb is Foggy Bottom, named after the fog that rises from the Potomac River. Culture-vultures, students and nature lovers congregate in this pocket neighborhood near the Potomac River. Here you’ll find the Watergate Hotel, the Kennedy Center, the State Department and the southern tip of Rock Creek Park, it’s got something for nearly everyone.
Pass Washington Circle to get to Georgetown. With its eighteenth-century buildings, it is the oldest district in D.C. Historic neighborhood, commercial, and entertainment district located in northwest Washington, D.C., situated along the Potomac River. And today university students give it a lively atmosphere.
The major thoroughfares of M Street, N.W. and Wisconsin Avenue comprise the primary commercial hubs of luxury boutiques, offers a mix of third-generation businesses next door to new cafe concepts and repurposed historic buildings, trendy restaurants and clubs found within the neighborhood.
In the nearby Smithsonian National Zoo, the residents are sure to delight monument-weary children.
Just across the river in neighboring Virginia is the nation’s most hallowed ground, Arlington National Cemetery.
Wander among rows of tombstones dedicated to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
President John F. Kennedy‘s final resting place, marked by an ‘eternal’ flame, is one of the most visited graves.
Lee Memorial is located in Arlington National Cemetery. The land was once a 1,100 acre plantation owned by George Washington Parke Custis. His only surviving child, Mary Anna Randolph Custis, married Robert E. Lee in 1831. For thirty years prior to the Civil War, the Lee family lived at Arlington.
From Arlington House you can look back over D.C. and its surrounding suburbs.
Washington has a lot more to offer than the political buildings and stately monuments that it is so famous for.
And no matter how often you’ve seen these landmarks in the news or in movies,
nothing beats the real thing!