The National Mall, Washington D.C.
Almost all the important sites to see in Washington D.C. are located along the National Mall. The mall is a long tree-lined park about 300 feet across and about a mile long. Along the sides are the national museums (nine in all, tenth coming soon), important government buildings, war memorials (to the Korean, and Vietnam Wars). In the middle in the Washington Monument, the White House to the north, and the Jefferson Memorial to the south. On the two ends are the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S. Capitol Building.
Fondest memory: My favorite part of Washington are the cherry blossoms which come out in March and April. They frame everything in beautiful hues of pink, white and red. It's an amazing sight to see!
The D:C area is one of the most European site in the States. The axis from the Lincon's memorial to the Washington Monument is great. And the grass land between.
Fondest memory: The White house in located outside the above-mentioned axis, in the west, where the sun never shines on it.
The Mall and Smithosnian Museums, Adams Morgan,The Holocaust Museum (plan somthing light hearted afterwards), The Uptown Movie Theatre on Connecticut Ave. (seats over 900 and is an old conventional theatre converted, screen is two stories tall)
Fondest memory: Walking around the Mall and along the river on a a breezy fall evening when the stree lights have come on but the sun hasn't quite set...breathtaking and a rare pleasure for me as a suburbanite
Favorite thing: This is the Mall. Two magnificient sand and gravel streets form a delightful boulevard between the Linclon and the Capitol Building. It's a great walk among the most impressive sights the city offers. Bring comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk a LONG ways. It's worth it though.
One of the most spectacular sights on this planet has to be a fireworks display in Washington, DC, with the best exhibit on July 4 (American Independance Day)each year.
The firewrks are set up along the Washington Monument Reflecting Pool, just west of the Washington Monument. There is not a bad seat anywhere along the Mall. Some of the best places to watch however, are from the west side of the Potomac River. The views are towards the Memorial Bridge and towards the Capitol Building, with fireworks reflecting in the River. It's marvelous.
Park in the Pentagon Parking lot if you drive, and walk the one km to the river. Or, get there in time and watch the display from The Iwo Jima Memorial. No better view in the world than at this memorial. The memorial is also a very moving sculpture. I'll try to include a photo and blurb later in this page.
Fondest memory: Standing in the spot where Martin Luther King gave his speech...'I Have a Dream' on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. at night, facing the Washington Monument & seeing the reflection in the Refecting Pool.
Walking into the Capital was one of the most amazing things that I had ever seen and the art work is so amazing.
Fondest memory: Some of my friends and I where hanging out near that pool that is opposite of the Capital and I was facing the Washington Monument and the sun was setting.... I took a picture and it was the most spiritual thing that I have ever seen. (I'll have to find that picture and post it)
figure on spending a whole lot of time in museums. Washington has some of the best -- especially the Air and Space Museum. Don't miss the Hope Diamond in the Hall of Minerals in the Smithsonian.
Fondest memory: The Washington Monument at night with a strong wind blowing through the flags surrounding it. I'm not a rabble-rousing patriot, but there is something about that sight that can stir anyone's heartbeat just a little.
Favorite thing: The beautiful Capitol pictured from The National Mall, while walking towards the Smithsonian Institute area...
explore the National Mall and visit some of the museums to your taste.
Fondest memory: night walks and rides along the avenues and dining at 'Childe Harold' restaurant
My fondest memory of Washington D.C. is being around the MALL RIGHT BEFORE THE 4TH OF July and seeing how that has brought a country together as one.
Fondest memory: The White House was a great site.
Favorite thing: Washington is great for learning about the history of the US and having fun doing it. With the many museums and monuments (all of which are free) there are TONS of things to do while visiting.
Favorite thing: This early evening view of the Washington Mall was taken from the top of the Washington Monument, looking east at the Capitol.
The mall in Washington, D.C. is my favorite place to go, because from there you can walk to most of the monuments and museums.
Fondest memory: I love to see the city at night!
Favorite thing: Visit the various monuments throughout the city. This one is dedicated to the Army Nurses and here one of the early World War II nurses, Doris Ace Dooley, looks on.