There are many landmark memorials and interesting and significant buildings or places that are located in Washington. These are some of them –
National Archives – See www.archives.gov 700 Pennsylvania Avenue is where you will find the historic documents including the original ‘ Declaration of Independence’, ‘The Constitution’ and the ‘Bill of Rights’.
Union Station – See www.unionstationdc.com 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE. Union Station was designed in 1903 by Daniel H Burnham in what is called a Beaux-Arts style. The grand classical arches, marble, granite, coffered ceilings, ballrooms, mahogany woodwork all combine to make this a truly remarkable building to see, let alone the fact that it is a major Amtrak transport hub with great shops with more than 90,000 people using the Station each day.
National Zoo – See www.nationalzoo.si.edu 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW covers an area of 163 acres and has over 2000 animals to see.
Washington National Cathedral - See www.nationalcathedral.org 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW.The National Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul is the 6th biggest Cathedral in the world, with construction starting in 1907. The Cathedral is constructed in Limestone, with 231 Stained Glass windows, including the Rose Window. There are lots of gargoyles, angels and high up on the North East tower there is Darth Vader sculpture, placed there in the 1980’s following a competition. You will need binoculars to spot it.
National Geographic Museum – See www.nationalgeographicmuseum.com Tel: (202) 857 7588. 1145 17th Street NW. Displays some of the amazing photos and stories covered by the magazine over many years. There is also a store here too with interesting merchandise on sale.
International Spy Museum – See www.spymuseum.org Tel: (202) 393 7798. A quirky and intriguing museum with lots of bizarre and interesting spy related material to see.
US Holocaust Memorial Museum – See www.ushmm.org Tel (202) 488 0400. 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. This is a memorial to those who died during the Holocaust in World War II.
Dumbarton Oaks – See www.doaks.org 1703 32nd Street NW. This museum is located in an old mansion with 10 acres of gardens around it. It features pre-Columbian and Byzantine art.
Ford’s Theater Museum – See www.fords.org 511 10th Street. This is where President Lincoln was shot, and for those wanting to learn more about the President this is the place to go. Opposite the Theater is Petersen House, a 3 storey Row house built in 1849 where the President spent his final hours.
Phillips Collection – See www.phillipscollection.org 1600 21st Street NW. This is where you will find one of the best collections of modern art in the world – with famous artists like Picazzo, Matisse and others. The art are all here in this Georgian Mansion.
Maine Avenue Fish Market – 1100 Maine Avenue SW. If you enjoy seeing fish or eating seafood, this is the place to come.
Hillwood Museum and Gardens – 4155 Linnean Avenue NW (See www.hillwoodmuseum.org Tel: (202)686 5807.) Here you will find 25 acres of gardens and one of the best collections of 18th and 19th Century Russian Imperial Art, and also French decorative arts and furnishings. The home was the home of philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post, heir to the Post Cereal fortune.
Mormon Temple – a massive temple construction, all in white with 6 slender gold spire towers pointing to the heavens, with one topped by an angel. Outside Washington at 9900 Stoneybrook Drive Kensington. The temple is not open to the public, but is certainly an amazing site to see.
Fort Washington – 13551 Fort Washington Rd, Maryland. Tel: 301 763 4600. The Fort was first built in 1809 as the defense of Washington, but destroyed in 1814 and then rebuilt in 1824, with more forts built during the Civil War. Today you can tour the Fort and also see the 28 feet high lighthouse overlooking the Potomac River.