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Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. (District of Columbia) is the capital of the United States, located on near the Potomac. The city developed in the late s. XVIII to be the permanent capital and given the name in honor of George Washington, first president of the country. It is a city with political importance, such as culture, here is the Smithsonian Institute, the world’s largest museum complex and is also the central of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and other major institutions.

Attractions in Washington D.C.

Most attractions are located near the National Mall, an open-air going from the Washington Monument to the Capitol. This area is the scene of numerous demonstrations and is where Independence Day is celebrated every 4th of July with fireworks.

National Mall

National Mall

 The Capitol is one of the main attractions of the city, is neoclassical and houses both chambers of Congress in the country.

It opened in 1800 . Consists of a large central dome with two annex buildings on each side, on the north side is the Senate chamber and the south wing, the House of Representatives. Front of the Capitol we find the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial , monument to President Ulysses S. Grant 18th . The sculpture depicts Grant on horseback directing his gaze to Lincoln Memorial. The platform of the monument has 77 meters long and 22 meters wide , the tips are two sculptural groups representing combat soldiers on horses and in the center is the sculpture of Grant on the horse with a calm attitude and around four pedestals with a lion resting on each one. It is the second largest equestrian statue in the United States and the fourth worldwide . East of the Grant Memorial is the Botanical Garden, with species from around the world collected by Charles Wilkes in his voyage around the world in 1838

Capitolio and Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

Capitolio and Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

On the east side of the National Mall is the Smithsonian Institution, an educational center, and research associated with twenty museums where are the Anacostia Community Museum, African American history; the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Asian Art; Building of Arts and Industry; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, modern art; National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History and the National Portrait Gallery, among others. It also has museums in New York and Virginia, and more than a hundred museums affiliates, and research centers.

Smithsonian Castle

Smithsonian Castle

On the opposite side of the Capitol, the National Mall is the Washington Monument, a large obelisk commemorating the country’s first president, who won the War of Independence against the British in 1884. With almost 170 meters high was the tallest structure in the world until the construction of the Eiffel Tower. Construction began in 1848 and ended in 1884.

Washington Memorial

Washington Memorial

The White House, official residence of the President of the United States, is near the Washington Monument, the Capitol connects with the Pennsylvania Avenue. Screened at the first term of George Washington, the architect was the irish James Hoban’s. The first to give the name of the White House, was the president Theodore Rooseveltt.

White House

White House

From the Washington Monument to the Capitol to the opposite side is the Lincoln Memorial, a building in the shape of a Greek temple with a statue of President Abraham Lincoln sitting. Has hosted important speeches, including Martin Luther King, I have a dream. The monument was inaugurated in 1922.

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Near the Lincoln Memorial, is the Jefferson Memorial. Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the country, one of the founding fathers. It is a neoclassical building consisting of porch and cupola. It was designed by John Russell Pope and was opened in 1943.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Other important monuments include the National Monument to World War II, the Veterans Memorial Korean War Memorial and Vietnam Veterans.

Washington DC Location Map

Washington DC Location Map

New York Distance: 370km. Direction: South. Travel Time: About 4 hours.
Car: Lincoln Tunnel to New Jersey Turnpike (I-95). (I-95).
Train and Bus: Trains and buses to Washington from Penn Station.
Tour: You can visit the city of Washington on a Day Trip to Washington D.C.. More info here.