Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors
This picture was taken on my recent trip to Washington D.C. This is my second time to the nation's capital and I must admit it's one of my all time favorite places to see. There's a certain energy that I enjoy. I'm guessing it has to do with being in a major city with a great connection to all the major sights and sounds. Below are my top 5 places I enjoy visiting.
Visit the Smithsonian Museums: It is made up of several museums and you'll find something in there for everyone! Whether you enjoy history, science, art, or technology - some of the highlights for me have been seeing Julia Child's kitchen, Dorothy's Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz movie, a piece of the Berlin Wall, The Fonzie's jacket, the Apollo 11 Command module, the Hope Diamond, and the Portrait Gallery of America's Presidents, and much more.
Tour the National Monuments and Memorials: Our national monuments are quite impressive and you can visit them at any time of the day, including late at night when everything is illuminated. My personal favorites include the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, FDR Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and the newly constructed Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.
Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Memorial: More than 330,000 American servicemen as well as many famous Americans are buried at the 624 acre national cemetery. Among the notable Americans buried there are Presidents William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Robert Kennedy. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier stands on a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. The tomb was dedicated in 1921 and contains the remains of soldiers from WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. The tomb is guarded 24 hours a day and each hour (each half-hour in summer) there is a changing of the guard ceremony with a special march and salute. Outside the walls of the Arlington Cemetery, you'll find the Iwo Jima Memorial dedicated to all personnel of the United States Marine Corps who have died in the defense of their country since 1775. The famous statue is based on the iconic photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.
Tour the Three Houses of Government: Explore the U.S. Capitol Building, the White House and the U.S. Supreme Court. You'll need to plan ahead and find out how to take a tour of the three houses of government. For instance for a tour of the White House you'll need make a request in advance through one of your members of Congress.
Take a Walk Through Georgetown: One of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., the streets are lined with upscale shops, restaurants, and bars. Have fun and enjoy!