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.

Highlights:

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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