What to do in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is a fantastic place to be if you’re bored and wondering what to do. It is a city steeped in the history of the United States, as well as the seat of our government. Some iconic points of interest are closed until further notice, but we have found a few things that are sure to give you a fun-filled day while on your stay in the District of Columbia. Let’s take a look at what Washington, DC has to offer.

First, we recommend visiting the Lincoln Memorial. Abraham Lincoln was president during the Civil War and is touted as the “Savior of the Union”. This memorial aims to remember this central figure of the most pivotal time of our nation’s history. The memorial is built to resemble the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, the birthplace of democracy, as a fitting tribute to the man who upheld democracy. It was upon these very steps Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

Second, the Arlington National Cemetery will let you pay your respects to those who have fought and died for our country. Located here is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is dedicated to all those who have fallen unnamed, but never forgotten. John F. Kennedy is buried here, one of only two American presidents to be buried at Arlington. The other is William Howard Taft. An eternal flame burns at his grave, lit by Mrs. Kennedy herself during his funeral and it has never gone out.

All of the Smithsonian museums are temporarily closed in Washington, DC, however, the Smithsonian Gardens are open to the public with no entrance fee. These gardens include a pollination garden, a WWII vegetable garden, a formal parterre, and much more. Current exhibitions include the Urban Bird Habitat Garde, the Native American Landscape, the Victory Garden, and the Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden. There is plenty to see while you’re here and the sights and colors are sure to delight one and all. Come and take a walk through these magnificent and beautiful gardens.

Finally, we suggest having a walk around the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Thomas Jefferson is famous for being the author of the Declaration of Independence, as well as the 3rd president of the United States. It was under Thomas Jefferson that Lewis and Clark began their expedition to find the Northwest Passage. Four quotations from Jefferson are etched into the walls of the memorial, a statue of Jefferson is prominent within the rotunda, and the walls and floors are made with marble.

Many museums around Washington, DC are closed to the public, including the Capitol Building, making it difficult to explore the vast history of this city. However, the memorials and the Mall are open to all, which make for wandering Washington, DC by foot the best thing you can do to have a great time while you’re here.

Links

On Air Parking (IAD) – https://www.onairparking.com/parking/Washington-International-Airport-IAD

Lincoln Memorial – https://www.nps.gov/linc/index.htm

Arlington National Cemetery – https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/#!/

Smithsonian Gardens – https://www.si.edu/museums/smithsonian-gardens

Thomas Jefferson Memorial – https://www.nps.gov/thje/index.htm

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