Our nation’s capital is situated in an odd crossroads of sorts. The city sits nestled in a V-shaped tract of land made by the intersection of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers and is bordered to the north and east by Maryland and on the southwest by Virginia. If you’ve never been to the Nation’s Capital it is definitely something you should see before you die. The entire history of our nation can be seen here and some of the best architecture the nation has to offer is there to be soaked up by anyone and everyone. Here are 4 things you need to see in Washington D.C. as you pack up your Toyota and head down for a fun and educational weekend.
The Washington Monument and the National Mall
This park is in the center of everything. The Lincoln Memorial is situated at the west end, and the U.S. Capitol sits at the east end. On the sides sits the National gallery of art, the Smithsonian Castle, and 5 different museums including 3 Smithsonian museums. For any sightseeing tour of the capitol, this is definitely the place to start.
The U.S. Capitol
Laying at the west end of the national mall, the U.S. Capitol is where it all happens. The Senate and the House of Representatives make their offices here and decide on every bill that will become law. For over two centuries this building has been the center of our nation’s government and every president since Andrew Jackson has been sworn in on the east front steps. Definitely worth a visit.
The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world and one of the most prestigious. It sits in three buildings and houses over 160 million items. It is also the oldest federal cultural institution in the U.S. The Library of Congress is also the home of the U.S. Copyright Office and is the main research arm of Congress. The architecture is amazing as well.
The Lincoln Memorial
This neoclassical monument is a tribute to America’s 16th president and is best seen at night. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865, just as the Civil War was ending, just two short years later Congress incorporated the Lincoln Monument Association to build the memorial to the 16th president. Situated in front of the reflecting pool, the steps were the site of Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Inside the memorial is divided into three chambers, North, Central, and South. The central chamber is dominated by the Statue of a seated Lincoln while the north and south chambers are adorned by inscriptions and murals. At night the lights really bring this place to life.
Washington D.C. is a hotbed of history and culture. The very essence of the American experience lives in this corner on the border of Maryland and Virginia. It is a must-see experience for everyone.