If you count the most important capital cities of the world, Washington, D.C could not be counted off the list. It is not it is as large as the other capital cities, but instead, it is because it is important the capital of one of the most powerful countries in the world as well as the city itself is an attraction for tourist due to is extended and versatile go-to places. If you are in this city, take a subway and get to the below-mentioned places to make your time worthwhile here.
Washington National Cathedral
The church and state are usually separated by the U.S government and this the reason that a formal national cathedral in the state except for the one that is Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington. This is considered as the nation’s spiritual home. Also, most of the people know this as the Washington National Cathedral. This is the sixth-largest cathedral of the world and is based on Neo-Gothic structure. The Funerals of Presidents Reagan, Eisenhower and Ford, were held here. The cathedral’s worship services do not charge anything; however, there is an admission charge to visit the other parts and areas of Cathedral.
Library of Congress
If you love going to libraries well you then should visit Washington DC’s Library of Congress. It is the biggest library in the world contemporarily. It was founded in 1800 and had some humble beginnings. In its starting year, it had the early documents for the United States and for nearly 100 years it was used as a reference library for Congress. However, in contemporary times it has around 158 million items, including 36 million books in 460 different languages. It also has got 69 million manuscripts. The books that are rare in the history of North America can be found here. It is open for the public and is considered to be a paradise for the book lovers and history lovers.
This town is historical and was established even before the U.S government established Washington, D.C. It is one of the trendiest places to live in the United States of America. Old stone houses, the top university and the history of people like Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy and the famous writer Francis Scott Key make this place a must-go in the region of Washington D.C.
National Air and Space Museum
You don’t have to be a kid to be amazed at this National Air and Space Museum. This museum has much to offer for people who are adults. From the 1903 Wright Flyer to Apollo 11 moon landing many of such exhibits can excite you in there. And amazingly the basic museum is free and only featured things are charged.
Thomas Jefferson, who was the third US President, has got a lot of history in Washington, D.C and this makes Jefferson Memorial another important go-to place in Washington, D.C. This memorial could be one of the places that you can visit to get a bit of flavour of politics and history America. Also, if you visit on the right time, you can participate Washington’s annual cherry blossom festival which is hosted by this memorial.
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States of America who deserved great respect for all of his work and achievements, and thus his memorial is another great place to visit in Washington D.C. The memorial holds another important element that is the same place where Martin Luther King Jr. had his famous speech. This is thus a place most of the people would love to visit. The memorial is open 24 hours a day, with National Park rangers on hand from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
If I can name the best-known obelisks here on earth, the list couldn’t be completed without Washington Monument being listed in it. This is a monument to the military achievement of George Washington during the Revolutionary war. It can get you the stunning top view of the entire city, but that part of the monument is not accessible for 24 hours and is open only in the day time.
United States Capitol
It is the places where Congress meets, and the sessions of the House of Representatives, as well as sessions of the senate, are held. Visitors might need passes to visit it although they are free but are required to be collected from Congressmen’s office. At the same time, they can also get passes to tour the Capitol building, as guided tours do not include visiting legislators in action. The Capitol was one of the first buildings constructed by the fledgeling U.S. government following the Revolutionary War.
Who in the world would be unaware of the White House? The home to President of US. It is considered to be the symbol of the United States of America to the entire world. This place holds a number of formal meetings of foreign leaders and other such important personalities of the world. However, the registration to visit this place should be done 6 months prior to your visit through Congressman’s office.
Visitors to Washington, D.C., won’t want to miss a stroll on the National Mall, a greenway that will take them past many of the capital’s important sites. Located downtown, the National Mall stretches on the west from the US Capitol building to the Potomac River and on the east from the Jefferson Memorial to Constitution Avenue. Across the streets from the mall, but still considered part of it, are a variety of Smithsonian museums and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. To the east, nearby attractions include memorials to Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and James Garfield and the Reflecting Pool. With about 24 million visitors a year, it is the top tourist attraction in Washington.
These are the important and attractive places that tourist from all around the world can visit while they are in Washington, D.C. These 10 places are the perfect blend of enjoying your time along with exploring the historical, cultural and political backgrounds of the United States of America.