Washington D.C., the Capitol of the United States, comprises marble, monuments and museums in the shadow of the
Capitol dome. For culture – the
Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, the Folger, plus a National Mall that’s the front yard and public podium
of the American people.
Real Washingtonians might be opinionated but
they’re also warm, so come visit, and see a
global capital that’s local enough to love.
Anchoring the Mall's west end is the hallowed shrine to Abraham Lincoln,
who gazes peacefully across the reflecting pool beneath his
neoclassical Doric-columned abode. To the left of Lincoln you can read
the words of the Gettysburg Address, and the hall below highlights other
great Lincoln-isms; on the steps, Martin Luther King Jr delivered his
famed 'I Have a Dream' speech.
Just peaking at 555ft (and 5in), the Washington Monument is the tallest
building in the district. It took two phases of construction to
complete; note the different hues of the stone. Tickets are free but
must be reserved from the kiosk , or you can order them in advance by
calling the National Park Service .
Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
The opposite of DC's white, gleaming marble is this black, low-lying
'V,' an expression of the psychic scar wrought by the Vietnam War. The
monument follows a descent deeper into the earth, with the names of the
58,267 dead soldiers – listed in the order in which they died – chiseled
into the dark wall. It's a subtle, but profound monument – and all the
more surprising as it was designed by 21-year-old undergraduate student
Maya Lin in 1981.