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Washington D.C. Attractions
Lincoln Memorial is one of the most inspiring monuments in Washington.
Inside the Greek-styled structure is Daniel Chester French's statue
of Lincoln overlooking the reflecting pool, with The Gettysburg
Address and Lincoln's second inaugural speech inscribed on
the walls. This moving site has been the setting for numerous rallies
including Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
One of the best views of the National Mall and Capitol is from the steps
of the Lincoln Memorial.
of the most recognized structures in the world, the White House
should be a part of any Washington itinerary. Tuesday through Saturday,
the White House tourguides take you through five rooms of the Presidents
home. Even if you don' t get the chance to go inside, visiting the
White House is fun. Tourists and political activists perennially
surround the White House, and it is not unusual to see White House
correspondents recording their "stand-ups".
author of the Declaration of Independence, President, Secretary of
State, and designer of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson proved himself an
accomplished architect of both buildings and nations. The Jefferson
Memorial pays tribute to him by having a statue of Jefferson in the
center of a colonnaded monument with excerpts of his writings engraved
on the walls. Since it overlooks the Tidal Basin, in warmer weather
visitors can view the monument from a paddleboat. One of the best views
of the White House can be seen from the Jefferson Memorial.
Washington Monument, the tallest free standing masonry structure in the
world, is a 555-ft obelisk that dominates the Washington Skyline.
Tours are available to take the 72-second elevator ride to the top, and
then walk down the stairs to see the 193 stones and plaques donated to
the monument. The Washington Monument is undergoing repairs, so it could
be swathed in a blue tarp by the time of your visit. Check out the view
from the top of the Monument, it's incredible.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, nestled between the
Potomac and the infamous Watergate Hotel, is the cultural center of
Washington. It houses the National symphony Orchestra, the Washington
Opera, Washington Ballet and the American Film Institute. Besides these
events, the JFK Center has free performances, restaurants, gift shops
and great views of the city. Sunday brunch at the JFK Center is very
popular among Washingtonians.
out over three buildings, the Library of Congress is one of the largest
libraries in the world. Although the stacks are not open to the public,
one can sit and read at the Main Reading Room's mahogany desks. (only
members of Congress can check books out). Books are only part of the
attraction, because the Library of Congress also has exhibits and free
films for the public. Check out the Great Hall decorated with paintings
and murals for scholarly inspiration.