As our capital, Washington, D.C. is home to our nation’s government buildings, as well as many well-known museums, monuments, and memorials. More than 20 million tourists visit every year to see the history and culture the city has to offer. Below we have listed several popular activities to try, though there are many more which are also accessible.
- Smithsonian Museums
The Smithsonian is a complex of 17 museums and the National Zoo in D.C, as well as two others in New York. Some of the most popular museums include the Air and Space Museum, National History Museum, the Portrait Gallery, and the Postal Museum. The 154 million artifacts located throughout these museums are all free and open to the public.
- Library of Congress
As the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, the Library of Congress is a research library which serves our national Congress. It is one of the largest libraries in the world and sits in three different buildings on Capital Hill.
- Arlington National Cemetery
This 624 acre cemetery was established in 1864 during the Civil War on the grounds of the Arlington House, formerly the estate of Robert E. Lee’s wife. It is home to over 400,000 of our nation’s veterans from more than 12 different countries, as well as several president’s and other famous figures from United States History. It is also the location of the Tomb of the Unknowns, which has been guarded perpetually since 1937. The Tomb pays tribute to all those buried in the cemetery who have not been identified.
- The White House
As one of the most famous homes in the world, the White House the official home to the President of the United States and the first family. The building has undergone various changes from every single family which has occupied it, making it an important piece of history to see.
- Memorials and Monuments
There are over 160 different memorials and monuments in the city of D.C, honoring president’s, influential people, wars and historical events. Famous memorials include the Korean, Vietnam and World War I and II Memorials, all dedicated to the incredible efforts of our veterans during their respective wars. The most famous monuments are for our President’s, the Lincoln, Jefferson, and Washington Monuments.
- Capital Building
The Capital Building is home to the United States Congress and sits on top of Capital Hill. The building was completed in 1800 and has since undergone several additions, most notably of its’ dome. The visitor center offers over 580,000 square feet of educational exhibits focusing on the important government process and decisions which are made in the building.
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