Discover Washington D.C.

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.


Lincoln Memorial

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.

Washington Monument
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.




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