Seeing Red, White and Blue in Washington D.C.
Posted on August 31, 2011 by sguese
Marble, monument and museum heaven in the United States can truly only be found in one place. The nation’s capital builds on the American dream, and seems to be what most dream of when they think about America. Washington D.C. is America’s front yard, home to the President, Congress and of course, Fonzia’s jacket. The capital offers much to see and do even if you don’t bleed red white and blue.
Museums, museums, museums–If there is one museum to visit while in Washington D.C., the Smithsonian would be it. Within, visitors will find national treasures covering a wide range of subjects, from American pop culture to air and space. Also within the Smithsonian complex is the Natural History Museum.
Tour the National Monuments and Memorials: Washington D.C. is known for its monuments sand memorials. The best time to see them is at night, when the crowds have subsided and they are light up with a certain American magic. Visitors shouldn’t miss the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial.
Pay a visit to the three Houses of Government: If you aren’t familiar with the division of power in the United States, Washington D.C. can provide some education. Travelers can tour the three houses of government. Those three houses include the U.S. Capitol Building, the White House and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Take in a production at the Kennedy Center’s Live: theatrical productions take place at the Kennedy Center. From musicals to concerts by the National Symphony this is the place in town to see the best shows.
Gape at Georgetown: The capital’s historic waterfront lies in Georgetown. A bustle of activity, Georgetown has long been a shopper’s paradise. In addition to shops, streets line with restaurants representing nearly every nationality.
Get Out of Town: There are a number of day trips to take from the nation’s capital. The 500 acres estate of first president George Washington sits within minutes of D.C. Mount Vernon has been beautifully restored and furnished. Many of the original objects dating back to the 1740s are on display. The quaint historical town of Alexandria also positions just over the Potomac River from Washington D.C. From colonial houses to antique shops, Alexandria lends small town charm just outside the big city.
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