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.
Now the most popular historic estate in America, Mount Vernon includes Washington’s Mansion, a working blacksmith shop, Pioneer Farm, and Washington’s Tomb. Also on the grounds is the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center that tells the story of Washington’s life.
Opened in 1935, this museum is home to the original copies of 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.
The Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. The most popular museums include the Air and Space Museum, the American History Museum, and the Natural History Museum.
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery is a place to honor and remember. Arlington is a military cemetery established during the American Civil War. Veterans and military casualties from each of nation’s wars rest peacefully here.
Here you will be immersed in America’s historical past to learn about Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and assassination. Across the street at the Petersen House is where Lincoln was carried after the shooting in the theatre, and died early the next morning.
One of the highlights of a trip to our nation’s capital is a visit to the monuments built to honor those who helped shape our nation. Visit during the day, or at night when the illumination of each lights up the city.
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.
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