Washington DC is the capital of the United States of America. Also known as the city of icons such as the White House and the Capitol. It is the city where you can admire the American Declaration of Independence, visit presidential memorial sites and take a look at the buildings where the country is governed.
The most interesting part of the city lies at the ‘National Mall’. In this park full of museums, monuments and water features, the prominent buildings of the city are centered together.
The “D.C.”, which you often see behind Washington, stands for “District of Columbia”. This is the federal district in which the capital belongs. The District of Columbia is named after an old name for the US: Columbia (again derived from Columbus).
The White House
Who does not know the White House? One of the most famous buildings in the world is in Washington D.C., and you can not ignore that during a visit to the city. The spacious official residence of the president consists of 132 rooms spread over 6 floors. In addition to offices and living quarters, there is also a cinema room, a swimming pool and a basketball court, and the complex is surrounded by a huge garden. You can find the bright white house on Pennsylvania Avenue, unfortunately it is not possible to get very close, but the view from the entrance gate is impressive enough.
Near the White House is another American icon: The US Capitol, or The Capitol. In this gigantic structure, with a beautiful white dome, is the place where the American legislature sits. Through the underground visitor center you can enter the building and view the enormous dome from the inside. The colossus has a diameter of no less than 30 meters, and is decorated with a fresco on which, among others, the Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant can be seen.
The Capitol Visitor Center welcomes visitors from across the United States and around the world. Identification is not required to enter the Capitol or to enjoy a tour.
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Right in front of the Capitol is the Washington Monument. This gigantic obelisk measures 169 meters and is the highest obelisk in the world. The monument is made of marble, granite and sandstone, and was built in honor of the first president of the United States: George Washington. If you like it, you can enter the monument and the lift, that will bring you to the top. On all four sides you will find a window from where you have a special view of the city and surroundings.
The Washington Monument is Closed until 2019
National Mall is the name of the park that lies between the Capitol and the Washington Monument. It is an elongated, green park, full of trees, flowerbeds, fountains and gardens. There are regular events held, it is the place where the president is inaugurated and on hot days it is a wonderful festival location. Around the park are some of Washington’s most famous sights and museums, so a visit to the park is easy to combine with a tour of Washington’s highlights.
Washington National Cathederal
The beautiful cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is on the list of the largest cathedrals in the world. The first stone was laid in 1907 and then it was finished in 1990. They have tried to give the cathedral as much attention as possible even down to the smallest details.. With a variety of Gothic styles, a special structure has been erected here which has a medieval appearance.
Research and education are at the top of the list of priorities within this institute. The majority of the facilities that fall under this institute can be found at the National Mall. There are a number of very interesting museums such as the National Museum of American History. But not only history is discussed. Much attention is also given to art and, for example, the animals in the National Zoological Park. The British mineralogist and chemist James Smithson left a considerable amount of capital after his death to the government of America to share his knowledge and science with the people. This Smithsonian Institute has been opened since 1846.
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National Museum of Natural History
On the outskirts of National Mall there are many well-known museums, and one of them is the physics museum of Washington. The collection of the National Museum of Natural History includes more than 125 million specimens of plants, animals and minerals, including ancient fossil and virtually complete dinosaur skeletons. The museum is part of the Smithsonian Institute and is one of the world’s leading physics museums. Would you rather see the animals in person? The beautiful National Zoo, the zoo in the northeast of the city, is also part of the Smithsonian.
Admission is free for all Smithsonian museums and the zoo in Washington, D.C.
Those who are interested in American history should visit the National Archives. A number of documents of great historical value are stored here. For example, here is the American Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and four copies of the Magna Carta, which set out how the power of the king is limited. Part of the archive is designed as a museum, where you can admire these famous documents yourself.
At the end of the National Mall is the Lincoln Memorial. This is an impressive memorial for the American president Abraham Lincoln. The monument was dedicated to the deceased president in 1922. On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King held his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech on the steps of this memorial. From the Lincoln Memorial you have a good view of the Reflecting Pool, in which the Washington Monument is reflected.
The Historic Georgetown neighborhood
Georgetown, located on the water of the Potomac River, is a beautiful historic district of Washington with architecture from the 18th and 19th century and cobbled streets. The town was founded around 1751 and has become one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city. The district has had many famous inhabitants over the years, such as John. F. Kennedy and Elisabeth Taylor. Georgetown is easy to discover on foot, you will find many nice shops, restaurants and a lively nightlife.
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