Washington D. is situated on the east coast of the USA, along the banks of the Potomac River. The city has an area of just under 70 square miles, but it sure packs a lot in Washington was founded as the nation's capital in 1791. As soon as you land here, you get a sense of the power and history that this metropolis represents.
Most visitors start at the National Mall. A two-mile green strip often referred to as `` The Nation's Front Lawn''. Clearly, there's no shopping to be done at this Mall. What it does offer is a sweep of the country's most famous monuments and museums. All in one place. Begin your tour of the Mall at the Zero Milestone.
The proposed reference point for distances on all US. Maps. To the north, you'll see America's most famous residence. The White House. To the south stands the Washington Monument. Rising 555 feet. This marble obelisk is the centerpiece of the National Mall. The US Capitol Building on top of Capitol Hill is the nation's seat of federal, government. Rest a while by the Reflecting Pool.
Surrounded by America's most iconic tributes to its heroes and founding fathers. It's easy to let your mind wander back through the various chapters of America's history. Nestled in the trees. Is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Engraved in its walls are the names of tens of thousands of soldiers who lost their lives in the battlefields of Vietnam.
The nearby Lincoln Memorial is where Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous Have A Dream'. Speech. Admire the many sculptures and waterfalls at the Franklin, Delano Roosevelt Memorial, further along, the Mall. Across the Tidal Basin. Thomas Jefferson keeps a watchful eye on the White House from his own memorial, built in the style of ancient Rome.
The Mall is also home to many of the nation's Smithsonian buildings. To learn more about this interesting collection of museums and galleries. Stop by at the Information Center in the Smithsonian Institution, Building called the Castle. The whole family will enjoy the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Where you can let your imagination fly high among historic airplanes and spacecraft. Create your own headlines at the Newseum. An interactive museum dedicated to the world of news media. , The Botanic Garden of the Capitol Building, offers an escape from monuments and museums.
The residents are sure to delight monument-weary children. Another family favorite is the International Spy Museum. Play undercover agent in an interactive game where nothing is, as it seems Just across the river in neighboring Virginia is the nation's most hallowed ground.
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