Washington D.C. Things to Do
Martin Luther King Sculpture
Martin Luther King Sculpture
Iwo Jima Memorial
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The White House Washington D.C.
Another day in Washington took us the White House. I should start by saying that the tour of the White House now requires a lengthy process of requesting a tour through your congress representative if...
Washington Monument Washington D.C.
Shortly after arriving in the Washington, D.C., our bus driver let us off on Independence Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets. Nearby stands one of the most widely recognized monuments in the...
U.S. Capitol Building Washington D.C.
...Holds the Legislative Branch of the US Government we call Congress.
The Legislative Branch is bicameral, composed of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Lincoln Memorial Washington D.C.
Night or day, the Lincoln Memorial is amazingly impressive and inspirational. I went to his birthplace for the centennial of his birth, and spent four days in the area. While I loved the celebratory...
U.S. Holocaust Museum Washington D.C.
the u.s.h.m.m is a fasinating and disturbing history of nazi germany and the holocaust. to see the permanent exhibit you get a ticket at the information counter on the main floor. you are then given a...
Arlington National Cemetery - House Washington D.C.
If you visit D.C. you must visit Arlington Cemetery and be sure to observe the changing of the guard. It is one of the most impressive events I have ever observed.
There are signs that ask you to be...
National Gallery of Art Washington D.C.
This was one of the last museums we visited in Washington. with less than a week to our Canadian travel, I had to choose between the National Archives and the National Art Gallery. Well I chose the...
Korean War Veterans Memorial Washington D.C.
One of the newer War memorials on the National Mall, the Korean Memorial was dedicated in 1995 to honor the service of Americans in the first armed conflict during the Cold War. On June 25, 1950 North...
World War II Memorial Washington D.C.
The entry of the United States into World War II was brought on most decidedly by the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941 followed by a declaration of war on the United States...
S.I. National Air and Space Museum Washington D.C.
Escaping from the rain, the museum was a good idea, though, as a matter of fact, I expected more from it.
Maybe because I'd been in Cape Canaveral, I appreciated the way the interactive displays...
The National Mall Washington D.C.
A few of our most famous and popular landmarks are in various stages of construction/renovation. You will notice scaffolding.
1. Washington Memorial- closed since the 2011 Earthquake, crews will...
Chinatown Washington D.C.
Who says I don’t appreciate Chinatown?
Where else could I buy an umbrella by $5, right exiting the restaurant, to face an unexpected rain?
(The French group was surprised, thinking I was prepared,...
Ford's Theatre - Petersen House Washington D.C.
Abraham Lincoln died at the Petersen House at 7:22 AM on April 15, 1865, across the street from Ford's Theatre where he had been shot in the head the night before. The house contains the bed where...
Jefferson Memorial - The Tidal Basin Washington D.C.
Among the many memorials in Washington, this is one of the more prominent ones. Dedicated to the third president of the United States, it is one of the more photographed memorials in Washington....
FDR - Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Washington D.C.
This has been one of our favorite memorials in Washington. My family and I, loved the quotes by FDR, the waterfalls and simplicity of the memorial in general. There are a total of 6 waterfalls and two...
Union Station Washington D.C.
Union Station is a big building (the largest at the beginning of 20th century) that was built in 1907 in beaux-arts style by D.Burnham.
It used to be the main transfer hub for anyone traveling into...
Library Of Congress Washington D.C.
This was definitely my favorite place on Capitol Hill. The architecture is absolutely beautiful! It was more intricate and in a different style than I'd seen anywhere else in Washington, D.C. You also...
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Washington D.C.
On Veterans Day 1982 a new Memorial was dedicated on the National Mall to honor the service of the men and women who fought in the Vietnam War. Though it is easily one of the most popular attractions...
Smithsonian Institute Castle Washington D.C.
When you get out at Smithsonian Metro or have just finished your trek through the Natural History Museum you will look across the Mall and you will see this red sandstone building that looks sort of...
National Archives Washington D.C.
Having said that, we made a last minute stop here after spending the afternoon at the National Gallery of Art West Wing. We went through the security checks that we were used to after...
FBI Headquarters Washington D.C.
That's what is written on front of the bronze statue of three individuals, outside the FBI building in Pennsylvania Avenue. The building was ready for use in the mid 70's and officially named the J...
The Pentagon Washington D.C.
The next day we go to Pentagon city the mall with very good shops and good restaurants. We where goiing with the metro, a very good system in Washington DC and very clean. Here a map of the metro.
S.I.Natural History Museum Washington D.C.
This exhibition runs through April 21, 2013. But don't worry, it comes back on a regular basis.
This exhibition shows the variety of orchids that are native to Latin America, it shows them in various...
U.S. Supreme Court Washington D.C.
As you approach the U.S Supreme Court Building, look up. You will see near the top of the building a row of relief sculptures of the great law givers of our world's history. Each one of them is...
International Spy Museum Washington D.C.
This is the best museum i've ever been to! Me and my friends found it while we were on a politics trip and didn't fancy the Smithsonian.
Its so exciting when you go in because you get giving a...
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CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS FOUNTAIN
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.
2nd Division Memorial
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!!
S.I. National Museum of American History
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...
U.S. Air Force Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to all the sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Air Force and including the Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps; the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps; the Division of Military Aeronautics, Secretary of War; the Army Air Service; the U.S. Army Air Corps; and the U.S. Army Air Forces. More than 54,000 airmen have died in combat while serving in the Air Force and these historical service arms of the military, the second highest of any of America’s four armed services.Designed by James Ingo Freed, which features three stainless steel spires that reach for the sky and the tallest is 270 feet. It represents the airstreams of the United States Air Force Thunderbird Demonstration Team.These three spires also represent the three core values of the Air Force - integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all that is done - and the Air...
Presidential Inauguration 2013
On January 21, 2013 President Barack Obama will be inaugurated for his second 4 year term as President of the United States. During the last Inaguration in 2009 there were 1.8 million people on the Mall. They are expecting somewhat fewer visitors this time, probably in the neighborhood of about a million. However the challenges of putting together an event for that many people seem daunting to me. Hotels- right after the election hotel rooms in Washington were selling for twice their normal price. Fancier hotels naturally are much more expensive. I heard that some hotels were charging up to 600 dollars a night during the Inaguration (with packages). Needless to say, if you haven't made hotel arrangements by now you will either have an enormous amount of money in which case it wont make any difference OR you will end up having to stay a good ways away. Transportation- unless you are...
My Fair Lady
If you are interested in theater then you must watch My Fair Lady, which is a musical play. It is an adaption of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion.Manna Nichols plays the main protagonist, Eliza Doolittle, and is the soul and spirit of the play. Not far behind is Prof. Henry Higgins, amazingly played by Benedict Campbell. Sign up with the Arena Stage for special deals and offers and watch the play at a discounted rate. It runs for approximately 3 hours with a 10 minute intermission.It runs till January 6, 2013.
District of Columbia War Memorial
Originally dedicated in 1931 to honoring the service in World War I of citizens of the District of Columbia, the national capital. It is one of the lesser known memorials, located in West Potomac Park, the only District monument on the National Mall. In the cornerstone you will find the names of 499 Washingtonians who lost their lives in the Great War. The last surviving US veterans of World War I petitioned Congress that the DC War Memorial be expanded to serve as a memorial to World War I for the nation.The memorial was refurbished and reopened on November 10, 2011 after a year of work.
West Potomac Park
The West Potomac Park is National Park in Washington administered under the US National Park Service. It is located adjacent to the National Mall and easily accessible. I believe we walked the length of it as we toured the many outdoor monuments and attractions; it stretches to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, from the Lincoln Memorial and the grounds of the Washington Monument. The park hosts most of the outdoor attractions/ monuments/ statutes, including the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the surrounding land on the shore of the Tidal Basin. In the nineteenth century, an artificial inlet of the Potomac River was created and it links the Potomac with the northern end of the Washington Channel.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udval-Ha
FREE parking after 4:00 pm was exciting news since we did not want to pay for parking. Located near Dulles Airport, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udval-Hazy Center opened in 2003 and was named in honor of its major donor. It is also a companion to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington; together they feature the largest collection of aviation and space artifacts in the world. From Herndon, it is literally 10 minutes away, there was no reason for us not to go, besides I really wanted to see the shuttle discovery.The museum features two large hangars; the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar. The center piece here is the shuttle discovery which is drawing huge crowds. We spent most of the 3 hours at the museum in this hangar; other space artifacts we found fascinating were the mobile Quarantine Unit made from a manufactured home, the...
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