A capital city an say a lot about one’s country – Washington, D.C., USA is no exception.
Washington, D.C. really does live up to its expectation. Though it is of course a more government/political influenced city there are so much to explore in this city and is definitely worth every bit of your visit. Not only it is home to the famous White House and Lincoln memorials and other countless prominent landmarks, monuments and war memorials, it is a very family-friendly city filled with all kind of museums – science museum, natural history museum, art galleries.
Getting around the city is super convenient as most attractions are within walking distance and there are also many small self bike rental stations at each important spot.
Here are the main highlights of Washington, D.C. that can’t be missed..
1. Lincoln Monument
Little introduction needed Lincoln Monument is one of the first places to visit in Washington D.C. It is built in the honoured of Sir Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of United States of America.
2. Reflecting Pool
Reflecting Pool is located right outside Lincoln Memorial which also overlooks the Washington Monument. It stretches as far as a couple of football fields. Locals love to ride bicycles and take evening strolls along the pool.
3. National World War II Memorial
Within walking distance or at the other end of the reflecting pool located the National World War II Memorial. Surrounded by 48-52 pillars in each inscribed the name of each state, it is as grand as majestic as it looks and sounds. It is purposefully built in the honour of Americans who served during WWII.
4. Washington Monument
Washington Monument is considered one of tallest pillars in the world standing at over 550m surrounded by countless US flags.
5. The White House
The White House is arguably one of the most famous buildings in the US. It is the official residence and workplace for US presidents over countless generations.
6. National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art has a handful collections of new and old paintings including one of the only few self-portraits of Sir Vincent van Gogh himself.
7. National Museum of Natural History
National Museum of Natural History is definitely the place for science lovers. They stocks many interesting and valuable learning materials in here! Perfect for both family visit or solo!
8. Smithsonian Castle
Serene. Calm. Peaceful. If you those terms identify with you then you will definitely enjoy Smithsonian Castle. Though there are not much to see inside the buildings (a very tiny museum), Smithsonian Castle has lovely garden and fountains for you to escape from the crowd and come closer to nature.
9. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
This place is one of the many Smithsonian museums in the area and is also one of the best ones in my opinion. Not only Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has one of the World’s very first plane by the Wright brothers it also have a number of space-related educational materials and plane models for you to enjoy. Beware: You can easily spend the whole day here.
10. United States Capitol
The Capitol Building is another important building and is no-doubt one of the prominent landmarks of Washington D.C. It is where the US Congress is located. It is within walking distance from other attractions and is well worth a visit.
All in all, the Capital of the United States of America is a place no like others. Though it is a bit quieter than NYC, Washington D.C. gives a whole different vibes and experiences that you can never experience in other cities.
Live, Love, Laugh, Lots.
Kasidit Vongvatanapuntu (Kay)