Teeming with Iconic Monuments, Free Vast Museums, luminous marble memorials, eclectic neighborhood, and fantastic local flavor, Washington DC is truly a home away from home. Capital of the United States, Washington DC is lined up with corridors of power, starred with high-profile politicos and has a long borne reputation of a stuffy government-driven town. However, this front yard city of USA offers up loads of history and great events. From fun to food, shopping to sightseeing, Washington DC is a place unlike any other. As Charles Dickens rightly called it “City of Magnificent Intentions,” heart of Washington beats in its open spaces, brilliant architecture, great opportunities, and fantastic landscape.
This tree-lined open space stretching from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial is the highlight of most visits to Washington DC and is a historical hub housing many of the city's most famous and honored monuments, memorials and museums. This landscaped park was designed by architect Pierre L'Enfant and is also the nation’s most visited national park and features the Washington Monument, WWII and Lincoln Memorials, 156 reservations, circles, fountains and more. It boasts of greater annual attendance than famous destinations like the Grand Canyon or Yosemite National Parks.
The White House serves many purposes. It is where the President works and lives with his family. It is also the symbol of the United States to the rest of the world. It is where the President officially meets with leaders of foreign nations and hosts them at state dinners. The site for the White House was selected by George Washington, first president of this new nation, but President John Adams was the first to live in it. It was burned by the British during the War of 1812 but later reconstructed. Self-guided tours are available for visitors who plan ahead. They must request a tour through their congressman’s office 21 days to six months in advance.
National Air and Space Museum
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum maintains the world's largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts and fascinates anyone from 8-80 alike. With plenty of hands-on activities and exhibits that include everything from 1903 wright flyer to the Apollo 11 moon landing the museum is a treasure trove par excellence. It is a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum collects, preserves, studies, and exhibits artifacts, archival materials, and works of art related to the history, culture, and science of aviation and spaceflight and the study of the universe.