Washington, DC Itinerary

The National mall

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Washington, D.C. - The City

Tired of virtual learning?  Why not take the learning outside and learn at your own pace.  Experience the history and culture of our nation's capitol at your own pace and in your own way.  Washington, DC  provides plenty of fun and educational activities for adults and students  See first hand the breathtaking sights and sounds of our nation's capitol. 

Washington is also a city of contrasts. While it might be best recognized in its political role, D.C. wants the world to know that it has much more to offer than governmental gossip and diplomatic deals. Divided into districts, each neighborhood represents another distinct feature that adds to the diverse characteristics of breathing life into the city.

While isolated Georgetown is bustling with new, trendy boutiques and restaurants, Shaw, once the site of racial tension and riot, is undergoing a revitalization program to make it a hot destination for African-American heritage tours. Downtown might offer theaters, galleries, and the best Chinese food in the Chinatown restaurants while the New U district, where Duke Ellington once played, is the in vogue neighborhood for hearing live music. And amid all this, let’s not forget the political and military monuments and memorials along the National Mall. It is in this area that you’ll also find the wonderful Smithsonian complex of museums.

The city is a melting pot of cultures and communities, which have a fantastic influence on restaurants in particular. Whatever your culinary preferences, D.C. can cater to them, be it French, American or Ethiopian. Spread out across the city, all the choices are on offer. One of the key aspects of Washington, D.C. is that, despite being crammed with different tastes, smells, sights, and sounds, it is not claustrophobic. D.C.’s neighborhoods are spread out over an expanse that is broken up by generous oases of green space, giving the city that sense of liberation and harmony which it strives to promote.

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The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Public tours of the White House are free of charge and can be scheduled through your congressional representative.

The Mall/Monuments
The National Mall, Washington D.C.

The National Mall is part of the United States National Park System.  The Mall is an open park right in the heart of Washington, DC.  It is located within the mile between the United States Capitol and the Washington Monument.  It boast numerous eateries and many must see museums - like the Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art.

The Jefferson Memorial

Located on the bank of the Potomac River Tidal Basin, the Jefferson Memorial is recognizable by it’s dome-shaped roof, circular marble steps, circular colonnade and portico. Its design is notably similar to the University of Virginia rotunda, a structure that Jefferson designed. A 19-foot tall statue of Thomas Jefferson sits inside and is surrounded by excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, written by Jefferson and other founding fathers.

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument pays tribute to our nation’s fist commander in chief, George Washington. A world-renowned structure, the obelisk-shaped memorial sits in the center of the National Mall, in between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. Made of marble, granite and bluestone gneiss, it’s the world’s tallest stone structure and the tallest obelisk, towering at 555 feet.  This is a must see attraction for all visitors.

Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated to the memory and achievements of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.  The structure itself, a neoclassical masterpiece made of white stone and framed by 36 columns, is astonishingly beautiful. And once inside, the sight of the 19-foot tall statue of Lincoln sitting in contemplation is unforgettable to most visitors. Sitting at the west end of the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial features inscriptions of the 16th President’s Second Inaugural Address, The Gettysburg Address, which is considered by many to be his most famous speech.

Vietnam Memorial

Located near Constitution Gardens on the National Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors those members of the United States armed forces who fought, those who lost their lives and those who were missing in action. There are three separate parts to the memorial, a Three Soldiers Statue, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The wall is split into two parts, each over 246 feet long, inscribed with more than 58,000 names.