Washington DC Tours

Tour 1: The White House and Surroundings
According to answerresume, anyone coming to the US capital for the first time should start with the White House. The building where the President lives is a world-renowned backdrop and has been used in many television and cinema films as a background or location (as in the TV series “House of Cards”). Visits to the White House for tourists are strictly limited, but there are good photo opportunities around the building – for example from the south side. At the White House Visitor Center, located within the Department of Commerce on Pennsylvania Avenue between 14th and 15th streets, a 30-minute film provides guests with a good overview of the history and current use of the seat of government. Foreign guests wishing to visit the White House must first contact their home country’s embassy in Washington, DC.

Surrounded by smaller art shops and dominated by the Philips Collection is the Dupont Circle. Further east on New York Avenue is the National Museum of Women in the Arts, which features works by well-known artists such as Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe. Continuing on 10th Street is the Ford Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865. The nearby Penn District is packed with trendy hotels and restaurants. Not far away are the International Spy Museum, which features exhibits on the history of worldwide espionage, the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the MCI Center, home to several sports teams, the National Building Museum and the Marian Koshland Science Museum.

Tour 2: Parklands, the Potomac River and Presidential Monuments
Stroll along the Ellipse, the lawn south of the White House, and cross Constitution Avenue to the gleaming white Washington Monument, dedicated to America’s first President. Surrounding the expansive Constitution Gardens and West Potomac Park are other memorials to famous American presidents and important historical events. The pensive figure of Civil War President Abraham Lincoln sits in a neoclassical temple. He fought for American unity and the liberation of the slaves. Overlooking the neighboring Tidal Basin — bustling with paddle boats and surrounded by flowering cherry trees in spring — are two other very different presidential monuments. Under the dome of the columned structure stands a majestic 20-foot statue of the third US President and writer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson. On the other side of the Tidal Basin is the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in an extensive park, which commemorates, among other things, the Great Depression and World War II. Across Constitution Avenue is the statue of Albert Einstein. Also found here: The plain black wall of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, the Korean War Veterans’ Memorial, and the National World War II Memorial. which, among other things, is reminiscent of the Great Depression and the Second World War. Across Constitution Avenue is the statue of Albert Einstein. Also found here: The plain black wall of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, the Korean War Veterans’ Memorial, and the National World War II Memorial. which, among other things, is reminiscent of the Great Depression and the Second World War. Across Constitution Avenue is the statue of Albert Einstein. Also found here: The plain black wall of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, the Korean War Veterans’ Memorial, and the National World War II Memorial.

Arlington National Cemetery is reached via the Potomac River and the Arlington Memorial Bridge. Here are the tombs of President John F. Kennedy, his brother Robert and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On the hill is the home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Upstream is the Iwo Jima Memorial, also dedicated to the victims of World War II. A bridge over the Potomac leads to Roosevelt Island and back to the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial. Back on the DC side of the river, by the Watergate building, grab a drink or snack before spending the evening at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Tour 3: Union Station, Capitol Hill and the Mall
The best place to start the tour is at the Art Nouveau Union Station train station – now also a metro station and a hub for America’s Amtrak rail network. But the attraction of the train station is the many shops and restaurants. There is also occasional live music here. Being nearby, one can also visit the National Postal Museum, and then via Delaware Avenue to reach the neoclassical US Capitol, where one should join in a guided tour. Fixed admission times are assigned for Monday to Saturday. The tours start at nine o’clock. Not far from the Capitol are the US Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the tranquil United States Botanic Gardens.

If you follow Independence Avenue, which parallels the National Mall for almost two and a half miles, you will come across the largest collection of museums in America. The first is the National Museum of the American Indians, whose stone facade is designed to evoke the cliffs of America’s Southwest landscapes. Next up is the National Air and Space Museum, which showcases everything aerospace-related from old planes to space capsules. The cylindrical building not far away houses the Hirschhorn Museum with its large collection of modern American paintings and sculptures. If you want to know more about these museums and the Smithsonian Institution, you should visit the Smithsonian Castle. The Victorian-style “Castle” houses the foundation’s administration. It is flanked by the Arts & Industry Building, the National Museum of African Art, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Asian art) and the Freer Gallery of Art, which contains artworks from the United States and Asia. To the west is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Across the mall are three other notable museums: The National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History with its exhibits ranging from dinosaurs to the spectacular 45.52-carat Hope Diamond, and the National Gallery of Art with European ones Masterpieces such as Rapahel’s ‘Alba Madonna’, Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Ginevra de Benci’ and Claude Monet’s ‘Woman with a Parasol’ combine with American artworks by John Singer Sargent and Alexander Calder. A sculpture garden adds ambience to this part of the museum landscape.

Opposite is the National Archives Building, where the three most important testimonies of American history are exhibited: the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Charter of Civil Rights and also a copy of the Magna Carta.

Excursions around Washington DC
Some places of tourist interest are easily accessible by subway, bus, boat or car:

Alexandria
in the 18th century Founded as a port, it is a delightful town with cobbled sidewalks and pretty old townhouses. Located across the Potomac River, directly across from Washington DC, it offers numerous attractive restaurants, art galleries and shops, as well as historic sites commemorating George Washington and Confederate hero Robert E. Lee.

Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
George Washington and his wife Martha’s magnificent plantation in Virginia is accessible by land or boat on the Potomac. Nearby is Gunston Hall, once owned by George Washington’s fellow colony leader and friend George Mason.
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg is 52 miles south on 1-96. Numerous memorials in the colonial city testify to the presence of former Presidents George Washington and James Monroe. Fredericksburg is also the gateway to four major Civil War battlefields, including Chancellorsville and Wilderness to the west. Head east to the birthplaces of Washington and Robert E. Lee.

Washington DC Tours

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