Best things to do in Washington
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If you love exciting cities, then you will love Washington DC. Unique in its way, the city is the official capital of the United States of America and like most American cities it receives millions of visitors yearly who are attracted to its beauty.
With its attractions suited for every type of person - whether you are the outdoor type or you simply want to relax at an art museum, Washington DC is a city that can provide both. Often described as “The American Rome” all the major buildings relating to the nation’s government can be found in the city including the famous White House and the U.S. Capitol.
Built in 1966, the Washington monument is an obelisk to commemorate the first president of the United State of America and once commander-in chief of the Continental Army George Washington. Standing at 554 feet (168.86 m), it is the world’s tallest obelisk and before the construction of the Eiffel Tower in 1889 it was the world’s tallest structure.
Its name speaks for itself, the White House arguably America’s most important and most famous landmark. Located at the famous 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, it is recognized as the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States of America – a function which it has held since the 1800 when it was established. Modelled after the Leinster house in Dublin, it was designed by Irish born architect. Access to the White House is highly restricted, so most visitors settle for admiring from outside its gates.
Featuring some of the best artistic works of all time, the National Galley is a mine of beauty. Located just beside the National Mall, it was established in 1937 by the United States Congress to preserve, exhibit and foster the understanding of the nation’s works for art. The museum which consists of two buildings name the West and East buildings is divided into several rooms and themes – one of its major items included is its Italian Renaissance collection featuring works from Fra Angelico and Leonardo da Vinci.
Perhaps the most important building in the country after the White House. Located on Capitol Hill, it is the home of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of its Government. Built in 1800, the Neoclassical structure has played a crucial part in American history and has often been the location for country changing decisions. There are regular tours offered, which allow visitors to see its wonderful interiors and most of the rooms while getting to learn a little about the building’s history.
If you are fascinated by air crafts and space or you are simply looking for something different, then you should visit the National Air and Space museum. Established in 1946, it is one of Washington’s most visited attractions with millions of visitors yearly, it ranks fifth in the World’s most visited museums. Filled with artifacts, most of it collections are from items obtained from the US Army and Navy.