Tourist Attractions in Washington DC

Washington DC is a fantastic place to visit. Washington DC owns a very interesting history, besides that the American government is located in Washington. There are a lot of things to visit in Washington. You can admire the incredible National Gallery of Art, visit the beauty of the (Unite States Botanical Gardens) and the wild animals of the National Zoo. The following page will provide you with information on Washington sights and important places in this historic city!

White House

The White House is the most famous house in the whole world and serves as the prestige presidency symbol of the president of the USA. The White House is the official residence of the president of the United States of America (USA). Built from 1792 to 1800, its 132 rooms have been the home and working place for every president since John Adams.

In the east wing of the house you can find the rooms of the First Lady and her staff offices. The rooms of the First Family, on the second and third floor, give them privacy and comfort far away from the media attention. In the west wing there are the office of the President and its staff offices.

The Pentagon

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The Pentagon is the United States Defence Department headquarters. It is located in Arlington and is the symbol of the American army.

Designed by the the American architect George Bergstrom (1876 – 1955), the pentagon is the world's largest office building by floor area. This building gives hospitality to approximately 23.000 military and civilians, and about 3.000 service persons who maintain the Pentagon.

The Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest juridical body in the country.

It met the first time the 1 February 1790 at the Merchants' Exchange Building, in New York City which was the capital of the USA back then. Afterwards the Supreme Court was moved to Philadelphia and when Washington became the capital in the 1800's, the Court occupied various spaces in the United States Capital. In 1935 it moved to the first building of Street Northeast, Washington DC. The construction was designed in classical style sympathetic to the surrounding buildings and is clad in marble quarried chiefly in Vermont.

United States Navy Memorial

The United States Navy Memorial, on the seventh street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Indiana Avenue in Washington DC, honours all the people who have served and still serve the US Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine. The memorial is close to the Archives–Navy Memorial–Penn Quarter station and to the National Archives building.

Arlington Cemetery

The Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, is a military cemetery located in Washington. Founded during the Civil War on the lands of the Arlington House, it was of the Robert E. Lee wife's family, a descendant of Marta Washington. The cemetery is situated on the other side of the Potomac from Washington DC, near the Pentagon, which can be seen from the hill where the Arlington Cemetry is located.

It is easy to reach using the underground, with the Blue Line. More then 290.000 are buried in an area of 2.53 km². Veterans and soldiers, including president John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Jefferson Memorial

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is one of the several presidential memorials in Washington DC. It is dedicated to the third president of the United States, one of the American Founding Fathers. The building, made in neoclassical style, was designed by Jhon Russel Pope.

Its construction began in 1939, the building was completed in 1942 and the bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson was added to the monument in 1947. When completed, the memorial was and still is one of the most significant locations in the city.

Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is another United States Presidential Memorial, built in honour of the sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln. It is located near the National Mall and was inaugurated on the 30th of May 1922. The architect was Hanry Bacon, the sculptor was Daniel Chester French and the painter for the interior murals was Jules Guerin.

The construction has a form and a style similar to the Greek construction style, included are a majestic sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two famous speeches of President Lincoln. Moreover there is also the well-known Martin Luther King speech "I have a Dream" hold during the end of the March on Washington for Freedom in Vietnam.

National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum is the most popular museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It has the largest aircraft and spacecraft collection in the world. It is also a vital centre for research in matter of history, science, aviation and space technology, as well as plant science, geology and geophysics.

The National Air and Space Museum is considerated one of the most important modern works of architecture in Washington. The Smithsonian Institution wanted to build an important structure because of the United States Capital proximity, but not too daring. The museum, constructed by the Gilbane Building Company, was completed in 1976.

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Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is a large, tall and sand-coloured obelisk on the west side of the national Mall. This is also a presidential memorial, built to honour the first Unite States President, George Washington. The monument, made of marble, granite and sandstone is both the tallest stone structure and the tallest obelisk in the world, standing 169,294 m.

Designed by Robert Mills, is the tallest Washington DC structure. Its construction began in 1848 but wasn't completed until 1884, almost 30 years after the architect's death. This interruption during the construction was because of the shortage of funds from the Civil War which moved all the attention on more urgent aims.

National World War II Monument

The U.S. National World War II Memorial is a monument dedicated to all the people who served in the American army during the second world war. The construction is made by 56 columns and two arches with a fountain. It is located in the National Mall, exactly in the site where the Rainbow Pool used to be, in the east part of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

It was opened again the 29 April of the 2004 and it was dedicated to president George W. Bush, two days before the Memorial Day. It is managed by the National Park Service under its National Mall and Memorial Parks group.

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