Things to do in Washington D.C.
Arlington - explore Arlington House
Once home to Robert E Lee and his family, Arlington House is now a National Memorial and was built as a memorial to George Washington, step-grandfather to its original owner Parke Curtis and took 16 years to complete finishing its final interior decorations. The building's interiors are a replica of what it would have looked like when Lee lived there, and include one of his uniforms, which is laid out on display on his bed.
Arlington - tour the national cemetery
The first person to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery was a Union soldier on May 13th 1864, during the middle of the Civil War. One of twnety six who were buried that day in the Rose Garden of Arlington House, as a slight to General Lee, who once owned the house. The cemetery is the resting place of those who have served in the armed forces and is open for viewing everyday with some noticeable memorials to look out for. There are also funerals held here every day, so visitors are asked to treat such occurrences with respect.
Washington - absorb the history on a White House tour
The most famous place in the world to take a tour. White House tours re available daily, free of charge but requests for a tour must be made through your Member of Congress and booked at least 3 weeks in advance. Overseas visitors should ask their embassy in Washington DC to help with their request. Walk along corridors and look in rooms where Presidents have passed and decisions that have affected the whole world have been made.
Washington - be entertained at Dupont Circle
Dupont Circle is the place to go in Washington for all forms of entertainment and is considered to be the trendiest part of the city. There are great restaurants and night clubs to visit in the evening whilst during the day time shoppers can delight themselves in the numerous boutique shops or take in some culture, by visiting some of thelarge number of galleries and museums or other historic buildings that surround the area.
Washington - discover the Washington Monument
Still the tallest building in Washington and the tallest Obelisk in the world, the Washington Memorial stands 555 feet tall and is near the west end of the National Mall. Taking 40 years to complete the monument is visited by millions every year as they discover and explore host of intersting sites that Washington offers. If you look carefully you will see that the marble used is of 2 different colours showing the parts that were built before and after the Civil War.
Washington - expeirence the elegant supreme court
The ultimate place in the United States for justice, the United States Supreme Court Building can be found on 1 First Street. The exterior is a collection of Greek columns with beautiful marble statues at the top of the stairs leading up to the building. Tours of the building are available daily unless the court is in session at which time only entrance to the court rooms to hear the arguments is possible, although please be aware that tickets for these occasions are very limited.
Washington - explore the Old Stone House in Georgetown
Once a town in its own right Georgetown became absorbed by Washington as it grew and eventual ceased to exist in its own right in 1871. The area is renowned for its high class restaurants bars and high end shops which attract visitors from all around the world. There are also a number of embassies in the area and a number of interesting places to visit in Georgetown including the Old Stone House which is the oldest building in Washington.
Washington - get planning at the visitor center and then explore the capital
The US Capitol is where all the important decisions are made for the country and tours are possible on a first come first served basis. Call in to the Visitor Centre to learn more about the Capitol building and see the many interactive displays available to visitors including a replica of the building. The walls and ceilings are covered with stunning murals and flanked by numerous scultures.
Washington - relax at the National Arboretum
Really a collection of over 30 different gardens spread over 446 acres, the United States National Arboretum is the major centre for botanical research in the United States, and also provides residents of Washington, a place to rest, reflect or relax. In addition to the gardens there are a large number of sculptures and statues in the park, many of which are visible from the 9 miles of roads that wind through this large, enjoyable park.
Washington - visit the Americas at the Organization of American States
Made up of representatives from the 35 countries making up the “Americas” the Organization of American States is a collaboration between these countries whose goals are peace in the region and mutual trade. Their headquarters are in Washington and the museum there shows the history of the development of the organization and the work they have done together as well as flags and memorabilia on important individuals within the organization