A memorial to George Mason lies just southwest of the Jefferson Memorial.
The George Mason Memorial commemorates one of our lesser-known but very important Founding Fathers. Along with James Madison, Mason is known as the "Father of the Bill of Rights." He was an anti-federalist. He wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights in June 1776. He was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and was one of the five most-frequent speakers during the deliberations. He actively campaigned for a Bill of Rights to be included in the Constitution. Since it was not included initially, he refused to sign the Constitution. He was later instrumental in the inclusion of the first Ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, collectively known as the "Bill of Rights."
Motorcyclists rallied to Washington, D.C. from all over the country to commemorate the terrorist attacks on America on September 11th 2001 and September 11th 2012.
They were denied a permit by Washington, D.C., but they came anyway.
The Capital Building is one impressive building. We didn't bother to stop bc you can't really see much more than the internal lobby. I was informed that if you contact your congressman at home a month before your trip, that it is possible to receive at tour of the capital building from one of your states' employees. That's pretty cool. I will definitely remember this for my next trip.
This museum is pretty interesting bc it isn't just like the constitution and presidents. It is about the American people. Like famous Americans, our food, pop culture, advertising, civil rights, trains, etc.
A few examples of what you can see: We saw a recreation (play) of a "sit in". The actress was fantastic. Julia Childs Kitchen was recreated. They had Celia Cruz's grammy's. Really too much to list everything.
Over all it is very worth the time to see the museum.
There are tons of small monuments throughout DC, with a number of them on or near the National Mall. One of which is the DC War Memorial. This is a small dome memorial that commemorates the Washington DC citizens who fought in World War I. It was recently restored, so it is in great shape, and a nice place to stop for a moment of seclusion.
Just a stones throw away from the Jefferson Memorial, this is a tribute to one of the founding fathers. It has a statue of Mason on a large concrete bench, overlooking a circular pool. That's about all there is to it. It would be a nice place to reflect, but that is made hard to do since it is in close proximity to a very busy road :)
Easily overlooked in the great expanse of the National Mall is the Summerhouse. It was partly designed that way - the great landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted didn't want the building spoiling the overall design. But he also recognised the need for visitors to have somewhere to rest and recuperate. The small structure is thoughtfully designed, with each arched doorway giving a different view. One of the windows is covered by a grille and looks into a tiny grotto complete with waterfall. It's a cool, relaxing place to escape the heat and crowds if you know where to look.
One of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city, the curiously named Foggy Bottom is believed to have got its name from the smoke that billowed out of the factory chimneys that once lined its streets. Today it is a leafy university suburb with red brick townhouses and a riverside location. The George Washington university engulfs the neighbourhood and fills its streets with students who mingle with the many workers at the US Department of State. It has one unique sight: The American Meridian. Before finally giving in to the idea of a timezone delimited by a line passing through Greenwich, London, the Americans tried, like the French, to create their own. The line can still be seen in Foggy Bottom today.
If you want to get off the National Mall and see a bit of the living city, this is a pleasant, relaxing place to stroll.
There were once canals on the National Mall. What is now Constitution Avenue was once part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal system and used for shipping goods in and out of the city. By the late 19th century the railroads were ascendant, and the canals no longer needed. As the canal in central Washington had become a repository for the population's garbage, nobody was upset to see the back of the stinking waterway. Today all that is left of this canal is the pretty Potomac Bluestone Lock Keeper's House.
Not everyone likes the squirrels. Some describe them as tree rats with bushy tails. But kids love them and the parks of Washington are awash with some of the tamest squirrels you can find anywhere. I swear they'd eat out of your hands if you are patient enough. Though it's probably best not to due to the small chance that they might have rabies.
The current squirrel population, like much of the humans of Washington D.C., were transplanted there a century ago. The original population was wiped out by hunters, who may or may not have eaten them. I wouldn't want to cast aspersions on the original inhabitants of this great city. Maybe they just wanted them as trophies!
Part of the Smithsonian institution it is located on the independence avenue side of the Smithsonian Castle. It is one of the smaller of the Smithsonian museums, focusing on African art, from the traditional to the modern. It focuses on the collection of Mr Tishman, which was mainly from Western and Central Africa.
Hours-10 am-5:30 pm daily except December 25
The Christopher Columbus fountain stands at the entrance to Union Station in Washington DC. The fountain was created by Daniel Burnham and Lorado Taft. The dedication ceremony was on 8th June 1912.
The ceremony was watched by the then President William Howard Taft. A great parade took place with Knights of Columbus representatives attending from all over the world.
This memorial honors the sacrifice of the 2nd Infantry Division of the US Army. Originally it was intended to honor losses in World War I and was originally dedicated by President Franklin D Roosevelt in 1936. Later on it was expanded to honor losses in the Second World War and the Korean War. Significant battles that the division participated in In World War II are on the West panel and those from the Korean War are on the east panel.
The18 foot tall flaming sword guards the gateway. The depiction of the flaming sword has been around a long time, One famous reference is the flaming sword put in the hands of the cherub once Adam and Eve had been banished from the Garden of Eden. In this particular case the flaming sword is meant to symbolize the defense of Paris from the German advance (in world war II.)
If you are in the capital on 4th of July, get some snacks, find a nice spot near the Lincoln memorial or any national monument, squat on the grass and enjoy the fireworks, its a great outdoor activity and its free!!
Definitely don't miss this one!
The Smithsonian Institution is truly amazing, and with so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know which ones you most want to visit during your time in Washington, D.C. When I went, my friends and I went to the Air and Space Museum, the Art museum, spent almost a whole day at the Natural History Museum, and then regretted that we didn't have more time at this museum, our favorite, the National Museum of American History.
Whether you're a history buff or not, there will be something to interest you at this museums. Into fashion? They have a whole collection of all of the First Lady's inaugural gowns. Like classic movies? They have the ruby slippers Judy Garland wore in the Wizard of Oz. Is Abraham Lincoln your favorite president? They have a whole are devoted to him, including his suit and his signature hat. Are you a Seinfeld fan? They have the Puffy Shirt there. Play with Barbie or G.I. Joe growing up? They have originals. They have artifacts from all of the wars, George Washington's uniform from the Revolutionary War even, the original Star Spangled Banner, and so much more that we didn't get to see!
There's truly something that anyone in your group would enjoy seeing at this museum, so don't overlook it next time you're making the difficult choice of which Smithsonian to visit.
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