A major attraction of Washington D.C. is the historical significance of the many buildings, museums, and memorials. Tour the famous Fords Theater where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Browse exhibits about the Depression era and World War II, as well as view countless American artifacts in the Library of Congress. Experience the view from the Washington Monument and see the Lincoln Memorial in the reflecting pool along the National Mall. Since taxpayer money funds many public attractions, many sites around the capital are free of charge, which helps make planning activities in Washington D.C. affordable. Experience first-hand a city that is full of rich history and a bustling political machine, yet boasts some of the best dining and nightclubs anywhere.Washington, D.C. is truly a city where you can witness the government at work and the world at play...read more »
The National Archives helps you see American history first hand. This building houses uniquely historical items such as the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the cancelled check that paid for the purchase of Alaska from Russia! It’s an absolutely fantastic collection indeed.
The Smithsonian Institute is by far one of the most widely visited places in the entire city! With a score of museums in its collection, there is something for everyone. Check out the legendary Wright Flyer in the Air and Space Museum, the supposedly cursed Hope Diamond in the Natural History Museum, the country’s only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the National Gallery of Art, and see uniquely American items like Dorothy’s ruby slippers and Fonzie’s leather jacket in the American History Museum. Other museums include the new and completely fabulous museum of Native American history and a slew of art museums.
Another great museum houses a much somber exhibit, the National Holocaust Museum. With heart rendering exhibits documenting the world’s most tragic period of time, this museum is dedicated to the men, women, and children who perished during this reign of terror.
Your trip to Washington is not complete without a visit to memorials like Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Roosevelt Memorial, or Jefferson Memorial. The Jefferson museum looks really beautiful in spring when its Japanese Cherry trees are in full bloom. Do not miss out on the Vietnam Wall, the Korean War Memorial or the new World War II Memorial...read more »