What better place to experience history than where it began and where it is lived every day!
Centrally located between the northern and southern states, Washington, DC evolved from the small location that George Washington chose along the Potomac River in 1790 to the city we know today. It is now a governmental and cosmopolitan city that allows all who visit an opportunity to learn about and experience some of the history that makes up the world’s most powerful democracy.
This American landmark is where the Father of Our Country lived for more than 40 years. Now the most popular historic estate in America, Mount Vernon includes Washington’s Mansion, more than a dozen additional original structures, a working blacksmith shop, the Pioneer Farm complete with a reconstructed slave cabin and Washington’s Tomb. Also on the grounds is the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center with its 25 theaters and galleries all center around the detailed story of Washington’s life.
The National Archives Building, opened in 1935, is home to the original copies of the three main documents used to form the United States and its government: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The building also has other important documents exhibited such as the Emancipation Proclamation, the Magna Carta, and the Louisiana Purchase Treaty along with many other meaningful American artifacts and photographs.
Museums of the Smithsonian
The Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. Some of the most visited museums include the Air and Space Museum, the American History Museum, and the Natural History Museum. A visit to any of the Museums is a definite highlight to a DC tour.
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery, America’s most hallowed ground, is a place to honor and remember. Arlington is a military cemetery established during the American Civil War. Presently there are veterans and military casualties from each of nation’s wars interred at Arlington.
Ford's Theater / Petersen House
Visits to these two locations offer an opportunity to explore the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, one of our most beloved presidents. At Ford’s Theater Lincoln is honored as a man of the people who has always been an inspiration to many. Here you will be immersed in America’s historical past to learn about Lincoln’s presidency and assassination. Across the street at the Petersen House is where Lincoln was carried after the shooting. Here in the back bedroom is where he died early the next morning.
Monuments and Memorials
One of the highlights of a trip to our nation’s capital is a visit to the monuments and memorials built to honor those who helped shape our nation. The Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King, JR Memorial, just to name a few, are a significant part of our history. Visit during the day or at night when the illumination of each makes a memorable experience.
Another way to remember those who served our country and fought for our freedom is to visit the War Memorials. The World Ward II Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Air Force Memorial and others help remind us that freedom has a price.