Arlington National Cemetary (more information)
Arlington National Cemetery is perhaps the most famous cemetery in the world. It is located on the hills overlooking the capital and the Lincoln Memorial, and is the final resting place for thousands of American military men and women who fought and died in battles from the Revolutionary War to present day. Among the people buried here are: President John F. Kennedy, his widow Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and his brother Sen. Robert Kennedy, prizefighter Joe Louis and astronaut "Gus" Grissom. Also located on the grounds, is a memorial to the crew of the space shuttle Challenger, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Arlington House, Robert E. Lee’s former home.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded 24 hours a day, with the changing of the guard every hour on the hour Oct. 1 to Mar 31, and every half hour from Apr 1 to Sept 30.
Arlington House was built by George Washington’s adopted son, George Custis, between 1802 and 1817. His daughter, Mary, lived there with her husband, General Robert E. Lee, and their seven children. Admission is free. It is open daily 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Oct to March, until 6:30 pm Apr to Sept closed Jan 1 and Dec 25.
FDR Memorial (more information)
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is one of the newest monuments in Washington, D.C., having been dedicated in 1997. It is an expansive tribute to the nations’ 32nd president, that occupies over seven acres on the west side of the Tidal Basin.
The memorial is divided into four "rooms" outlined with granite walls, waterfalls, and statuary. Each of the rooms represents one of the four presidential terms that FDR held in office from 1933–1945.
Korean War Veterans Memorial (more information)
The larger than life-size statues depict nineteen infantrymen slogging uphill on a cold and dreary winter day in Korea. Sculpted by Frank Gaylord, the statues represent many ethnic origins and their uniforms reflect all the branches of services that fought in the Korean War. There is a 164 ft. long black granite wall with the faces of thousands of soldiers etched into it, and there is a strong feeling of being watched by ghosts as you walk by. Along with the Vietnam Memorial nearby, this is a powerful memorial to visit.
Lincoln Memorial (more information)
The Lincoln Memorial has been a fixture on the National Mall since 1922. This memorial to our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, has been the site of many famous gatherings and speeches, with the most famous one being Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
Marine Corps War Memorial – Iwo Jima (more information)
The bronze statue overlooks Washington, DC and stands as a tribute to all marines who have died in battle since 1775. The memorial depicts the moment of triumph as five Marines and a Navy soldier raised the american flag at Mt. Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. The statue was created by Felix de Weldon and is based on a famous photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal.
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (more information)
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was dedicated in 1991. The privately funded memorial pays tribute to more than 17,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since 1792. Their names are engraved on the blue-gray marble walls with new names added during an annual ceremony each May.
National WWII Memorial (more information)
The first national memorial dedicated to WWII, the memorial honors the 16 million men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces and the more than 400,000 who died fighting in the second World War. The memorial is the newest to be added to the Mall, and was dedicated May 29, 2004.
Smithsonian (more information)
The world’s largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo. Admission is free for all Smithsonian museums and the zoo in Washington, D.C.
The White House (more information)
For two hundred years, the White House has stood as a symbol of the Presidency, the United States government, and the American people. Its history, and the history of the nation’s capital, began when President George Washington signed an Act of Congress in December of 1790 declaring that the federal government would reside in a district "not exceeding ten miles square…on the river Potomac." President Washington, together with city planner Pierre L’Enfant, chose the site for the new residence, which is now 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. As preparations began for the new federal city, a competition was held to find a builder of the "President’s House." Nine proposals were submitted, and Irish-born architect James Hoban won a gold medal for his practical and handsome design.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial (more information)
The Jefferson Memorial was authorized in 1934 and dedicated in 1943, on Jefferson’s 200th birthday. The memorial is modeled after Rome’s Parthenon, with a dome that is 129 feet tall. The memorial features a bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson facing the White House, designed by American sculptor Rudolph Evans. The statue stands 19 feet tall, and is on a 6 foot tall granite pedestal.
United States Capitol (more information)
The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. It has housed the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives for almost two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.
US Navy Memorial (more information)
Dedicated on October 13, 1987, the United States Navy Memorial offers Sea Service men and women ways to reconnect with each other, celebrate their shared experiences and preserve the memories and stories of their service. We also provide a forum to educate the public about the rich maritime heritage of this nation and the importance of keeping the seas of the world free.
Vietnam Veterans National Memorial (more information)
Deliberately setting aside the controversies of the war, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the men and women who served when their Nation called upon them. The designer, Maya Lin, felt that "the politics had eclipsed the veterans, their service and their lives." She kept the design elegantly simple to "allow everyone to respond and remember."
Washington Monument (more information)
The Washington Monument is the most prominent, as well as one of the older, attractions in Washington, D.C. It was built in honor of George Washington, who led the country to independence, and then became its first President. The Monument is shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, 555’ 5/8" high, and averages 30 to 40 miles visibility in clear weather. It was finished on December 6, 1884.
Washington National Cathedral (more information)
Standing at one of the city’s highest points, this soaring Gothic cathedral extends almost the length of two football fields and pierces the city’s skyline. The church’s grandeur is evidenced in its stunning features: soaring vaulting, sparkling stained glass windows, and intricate carvings. The Space Window contains a piece of lunar rock presented to the cathedral by the astronauts of Apollo XI. Fanciful gargoyles and dramatic sculpture adorn the exterior. Although a Christian church, the Cathedral welcomes persons of all faiths and is frequently the site of interfaith and ecumenical services.