Be educated and entertained by America’s rich history by traveling to the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. This article lists five historical attractions.
Washington D.C., or simply D.C. as it is frequently referred to, is the capital of the United States of America. Named in honor of America’s first President, George Washington, D.C. has a rich history which can be experienced by visiting one of its many museums, monuments or memorials.
The White House, the official residence of the American President, is universally regarded as a symbol of the United States. Constructed in 1800, it was not until 1901 that President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave this structure its current title. Surviving two fires and housing a total of 44 Presidents, the White House embodies America’s unique and fascinating history. The White House is also the only private residence of a head of state that is open to the public. All tours are free of charge but must be organized in advance.
The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum development, encompassing 19 museums and galleries, a National Zoo and nine research facilities. Created in 1846, the Smithsonian has recorded over 30 million visits. The range of museums on offer preserve America’s heritage through a range of exhibits on topics including African American History and Culture, Air and Space, American History, American Indian Culture and American Art. Most Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are free of charge and open every day of the year, apart from Christmas Day.
The Lincoln Memorial was erected in 1922 as a tribute to America’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. It is one of many monuments built to honor an American President. Between the north and south chambers of this memorial, sits a statue of Lincoln below the epitaph: “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.” The Lincoln Memorial is best known as the location of Martin Luther King Junior’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech.
The Washington Monument was built in 1884 in tribute to George Washington’s leadership during the American Revolution. The Washington Monument is one of the most renowned structures in Washington D.C., and one of the city’s earliest attractions. Standing at over 555 feet, this monument is the world’s tallest stone structure.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Vietnam War was one of the longest and most controversial wars in American history. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the U.S. service members who served in the Vietnam War. The Memorial consists of the Three Soldiers Statue, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The Memorial Wall is inscribed with the names of some 60,000 Americans who were killed or went missing during the Vietnam War.