Historic Sites in Washington DC

HISTORIC SITES IN WASHINGTON DC

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Washington D.C., the capital of our country has a number of historic sites that one must visit while enjoying their stay in the city. The architecture of buildings and monuments all around the city are neoclassical and attractive enough to make a tourist fall in love with the place. So to discuss some of the iconic historical sites in one of the most famous cities in the world, in this post, we have compiled an interesting list of “Historic Sites in Washington D.C.”.

  1. National Mall: The National Mall is basically a national park that is located in downtown Washington D.C. It is administered by the National Park Service (NPS) that is itself a part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks unit. Moreover, the term National Mall actually includes areas that are officially the part of West Potomac Park and Constitution Garden to the west, sometimes it is also referred to as the area between the United States Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial with the Washington Monument dividing them. The National Mall is used for a number of protests and rallies, Presidential Inaugurations, other events such as concerts and recreational activities such as jogging and picnics.
  2. Smithsonian Institution: This is a group of research centers and museums that are administered by the Government of the United States. It was formerly known as the ‘United States National Museum’ but was renamed to its current name, i.e. Smithsonian Institution in 1967. It has 19 museums and galleries along with a National Zoological Park. Eleven of these are located on the strip of the National Mall that runs between the United States Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. Smithsonian collections include 138 million artworks, artifacts, and specimens, including two most notable artifacts from Hollywood, the first one being the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz and the original Enterprise from the original Star Trek TV series. Also, Smithsonian has 18 research centers that produce invaluable research on Science, Culture, and Languages.
  3. Lincoln Memorial: Lincoln Memorial is a national monument that was built in 1922 to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Designed by the architect Henry Bacon, this monument is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington D.C., across from the Washington Monument. It is a major tourist attraction in the United States that holds the Lincoln statue, carved by the Piccirilli Brothers. This historic site has been used as a location in a number of Hollywood films, most notable of which are Forrest Gump, Night at the Museum 2, X-Men: First Class and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
  4. White House: The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States with its famous address being 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington D.C. Starting with John Adams in 1800, the White House has always been the primary residence of all the serving Presidents of the United States. It was built between 1792 and 1800 and designed by the Irish-born James Hoban. It has been a tourist attraction since the early 20th Every year millions of tourists visit the White House, though they are not allowed to enter the premises.