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    Tourist Attractions in Washington

    The most interesting tourist attractions places in Washington. Photos and a brief description.

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    About Washington

    The city of Washington is the capital of one of the most powerful world powers, the center of American democracy and a symbol city for every resident of the United States. All the country’s power structures are located in Washington: Congress, the Pentagon, the IMF, the World Bank, and the Presidential administration.

    Tourists are interested in this city because here you can learn a lot about the history of the United States and understand what the “American spirit” is. Numerous museums exhibit the best achievements of culture, monuments to the first president adorn wide avenues, the majestic Capitol building hovers over the city as a symbol of democracy and freedom.

    Washington captures with its severity and solemnity. Crowds of people, crazy traffic and round-the–clock non-stop – all this remained in New York. Washington has its own special charm.

    Top 30 Tourist Attractions in Washington state

    The White House

    It looks like a rather modest white building, which houses the administration of the President of the United States. The mansion was built in 1800 under the second American president John Adams. The building consists of six floors (including basement and basement). Two floors are occupied by the family of the current president, the rest are administrative offices, reception halls, dining rooms. Along with the tour, you can see the historical chambers of the White House: the Blue, Green, Red rooms and some others.

    The White House
    United States Capitol

    United States Capitol

    The US Congress Building, located on the hill of the same name. It appeared together with the White House in 1800. The building is built in a solemn classical style. The name "Capitol" was borrowed from the Roman Empire, and it had a deep meaning. Just as the ancient Capitol Hill towered over the Eternal City, so the American Capitol claims universal dominance.

    National Mall

    The street that stretches from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol building. Along the National Mall, Washington's main memorials, historic city museums, the Botanical Garden and the Smithsonian Institution are concentrated. One of the most famous speeches in the history of the United States was delivered here – "I have a dream" by M.L. King, where the fighter for the rights of blacks expressed his vision of equality of rights of black and white people.

    National Mall
    Washington Monument

    Washington Monument

    Granite obelisk made of white marble with a height of 169 meters, erected in honor of the founding father D. Washington. It was built in the middle of the XIX century with donations from American citizens and funds from private organizations. The column is surrounded by 52 spires with flags of the American states. A staircase of several hundred steps leads to the top of the monument, and an elevator is also equipped for convenience and speed.

    Lincoln Memorial

    The complex is located within the National Alley. It is dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln. The idea to erect a monument to perpetuate the memory of the 16th president arose immediately after Lincoln's death, but the memorial appeared only in 1922. The building of the complex somewhat resembles the ancient Greek Parthenon. The colonnade of 36 columns symbolizes 36 states (there were only 36 states during Lincoln's presidency).

    Lincoln Memorial
    Jefferson Memorial

    Jefferson Memorial

    The monument is dedicated to the third US President T. Jefferson, who is called one of the founding fathers. It is his hand that owns the text of the US Declaration of Independence. The memorial stands surrounded by a Japanese sakura garden on the shore of an artificial lake-pool. The architecture of the complex is a strict neoclassical style, which was actively planted in the USA at the beginning and middle of the XX century.

    Korean War Veterans Memorial

    Memorial complex dedicated to the dead and missing soldiers during the Korean War of 1950-1953. It was an armed conflict between South and North Korea, in which the United States took an active part. The memorial was inaugurated in 1995, four years later the work on the improvement of the surrounding area was completed. The monument is a sculpture of soldiers of various nationalities.

    Korean War Veterans Memorial
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

    Martin Luther King is a well–known defender of the rights of the black population and a fighter for justice and equality, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. A monument in his honor was opened in Washington in 2011 in the presence of President Barack Obama and several thousand American citizens (mostly blacks). The monument is located in the park area of the National Alley.

    Ford's Theatre

    The theater where the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated. This happened in 1865, when Lincoln was in his VIP box watching a play. A native of the slave-owning South of the United States and a fanatic of the old order, D. W. Booth secretly entered the lodge and shot the president. Now the theater functions as a museum. The building is listed on the U.S. Register of National Historic Places.

    Ford's Theatre
    Library of Congress

    Library of Congress

    The library is considered one of the most beautiful and largest book collections in the world. It was founded in 1800, when the US capital was moved to Washington. About $ 5,000 was allocated for the purchase of books, which was a very impressive amount for the beginning of the XIX century. Initially, the halls of the library were intended only for members of Congress. Now the funds of the book depository number about 30 million copies.

    Natural History Museum

    The museum, managed by the Smithsonian Institution, where more than 100 million different exhibits are collected. Collections of minerals, precious stones, minerals, archaeological finds, fragments of cosmic bodies and much more are exhibited here. The museum is free for visitors, it works seven days a week all year and closes only at Christmas.

    Natural History Museum
    Museum of American History

    Museum of American History

    The museum is of the greatest interest to visitors to Washington. It was recognized as the most visited museum of the National Alley. More than 5 million people pass through its halls every year. Museum expositions tell about the history of the United States, as well as about the development of culture, achievements of the social sphere and politics. Personal belongings of the founding fathers and collections of paintings from the European Renaissance are also exhibited here.

    Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

    One of the most interesting museums on Washington's National Mall. There are real aircraft on display here, or life-size copies of them. The museum also houses spacecraft, rockets, engines, command modules of space stations, spacesuits of astronauts. The exhibition was launched in the middle of the XX century. The museum constantly conducts active scientific and research activities.

    Museum of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Museum of the American Indian

    Museum of the American Indian

    One of the new museums on the National Alley – the opening took place in 2004. The expositions are devoted to the history and culture of Native American peoples. Clothes, household items and rituals, weapons, jewelry, coins of various Indian tribes are collected here. There is a theater on the territory where Indians play national instruments, dance and arrange various shows for visitors.

    National Gallery of Art

    A museum where the works of masters of different art schools and time periods are collected. Sculptures, paintings, photographs, graphic drawings by both American and European artists are exhibited here. In total, there are about 1,200 paintings in the National Gallery of Art. These are mainly works by French, Italian and American masters.

    National Gallery of Art
    Museum of Journalism and News

    Museum of Journalism and News

    A museum dedicated to the history of the emergence and improvement of mass media. The expositions can trace the entire evolution – from the first newspapers and radio to the era of high-speed Internet. In the museum, visitors will see not only exhibits – everyone can try himself as a reporter and find out how news is created and what goals they pursue, where information reasons come from.

    International Museum of Espionage

    Quite an interesting place where some secrets of intelligence and espionage activities are revealed. There is a similar museum only in the USA. The Advisory Board includes former functionaries of the FBI, the CIA and even the Soviet KGB. The museum's collections contain exhibits that shed light on the work of scouts. Separate expositions are devoted to the history of Soviet (and Russian) intelligence.

    International Museum of Espionage
    Washington National Cathedral

    Washington National Cathedral

    A majestic Gothic church, finally completed in the 90s of the XX century. The cathedral belongs to the Protestant Church. The decision to build it was made at the end of the XIX century, but the work stretched for almost 100 years. The temple is named after Saints Peter and Paul (again a reference to the glory of the Roman Empire, which haunts Americans). Funeral services of the 34th, 38th and 40th presidents of the United States were held within the walls of the cathedral.

    Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

    The largest Catholic Church in the USA. The temple is built in the Byzantine style. The interior is made in a rather magnificent manner. The basilica was erected in the middle of the XX century, since then popes have visited here several times. For American Catholics, the temple is an important spiritual center and a place of pilgrimage. Church employees are actively engaged in public and educational work among parishioners.

    Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
    U.S. Supreme Court Building

    U.S. Supreme Court Building

    The building on Capitol Hill, where the supreme judicial body of the United States sits. The palace was built in 1936 by architect K. Gilbert. The structure is an almost perfect example of the classical architectural style. The main facade is decorated with a sculptural group depicting Freedom, Order and Power. Male and female statues on both sides of the grand staircase symbolize justice and the rule of law.

    The Edgar Hoover Building

    A multi-storey and seemingly unremarkable building on Pennsylvania Avenue. The headquarters of the FBI is located here. Many people have known this house since the days of the TV series "The X-Files". The main office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was named after Edgar Hoover, the creator and first director of this service. You can get inside the building together with an organized tour group.

    The Edgar Hoover Building
    The Pentagon

    The Pentagon

    A giant structure in the shape of a regular pentagon (in Greek - the Pentagon), where the American Ministry of Defense is located. This is the largest office building in the whole world, about 40 thousand employees work here comfortably. Pentagon parking lots are designed for several thousand cars. During the Cold War, the Pentagon was the "zero point" for Soviet nuclear missiles.

    Smithsonian Castle

    The Smithsonian Institution is one of the main research centers in the United States. The administration of the organization is located in a picturesque red stone castle in the neo-Romanesque style. In the middle of the XX century, the building was included in the list of national monuments of the USA. The first architectural project was drawn up in the classical style (similar to the Capitol building), but then it was decided to use the Romanesque style typical of medieval Germany as an example.

    Smithsonian Castle
    Old Post Office Pavilion

    Old Post Office Pavilion

    An architectural structure of the late XIX century with elements of the European neo-Romanesque style, which was briefly used as a post office. For a long time it stood empty, after reconstruction shops, offices and restaurants were placed inside. Some government services are also located here. There are free guided tours around the pavilion. On the 95-meter clock tower there is an observation deck from where you can admire Washington.

    Georgetown Neighborhood

    The oldest and most prestigious area of Washington, where there are luxurious mansions among the greenery, antique shops and upscale restaurants. The heart of the district is Georgetown University, an elite educational institution from which many representatives of the American establishment have come out. Georgetown is one of the most picturesque places in the American capital.

    Georgetown Neighborhood
    Mount Vernon

    Mount Vernon

    The ancestral estate of the first US President J. Washington is 24 km away. from the capital. This is an impressive farm surrounded by plantations. In the middle of the territory there is a mansion house, where the atmosphere that was here during the life of the leader is preserved. You can take a walk around the estate or look into the president's office. On the birthday of J. Visiting the Washington estate is free for everyone.

    Arlington National Cemetery

    The cemetery where soldiers who fell in the Civil War of 1861-1865 are buried. Over time, this place became the last resting place for several American presidents. Here are buried J. Kennedy and his wife. The cemetery is located on a picturesque plain and attracts attention with slender rows of white memorial slabs. Every year a solemn procession lays flowers on the graves.

    Arlington National Cemetery
    United States Botanic Garden

    United States Botanic Garden

    The garden appeared in 1820 next to the Capitol (it officially opened only in 1850). There are 60 thousand plants growing on the territory. Hundreds of thousands of people visit the garden every year. Seeds were delivered here from all corners of the world, including the most remote, thanks to an active advertising campaign. In the garden there is the largest greenhouse complex in the United States, divided into natural zones.

    Great Falls

    Rapids and waterfalls on the Potomac River are about 22 km away. from Washington. They are considered the most important and picturesque natural attraction in the whole district. The area is replete with rapids of various difficulty categories, which attracts many kayaking enthusiasts. The Potomac River in the area of waterfalls flows through the parks of the states of Virginia and Maryland.

    Great Falls
    The National Cherry Blossom Festival Admin Offices

    Cherry Blossom Festival

    The holiday is celebrated annually in late March — early April, when Japanese cherry blossoms bloom on the alleys of Washington. The festival lasts for two weeks until the sakura completely fades. Tourists from all over the USA and many guests from other countries come to see this fascinating spectacle. The trees were presented to the American capital by Japan in 1912 as a sign of friendship between the two countries.

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