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Book a holiday to Washington with Travel Center and experience the capital of the United States at the most competitively affordable price. Many of the activities and things to do here are free and if there is a charge it is quite affordable making it a great destination for travellers on a budget. It’s multiple outdoor attractions includes Grant Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial and of course the most important of all the attractions the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States, The White House. Embrace your inner spy and see if you have what it takes to be one at the International Spy Museum. Spend an afternoon wine tasting in Washington’s beautiful wine country and for a healthy dose of Art and Culture Washington has multiple museums and galleries including National Museum of Women in the Arts, the first museum of modern art in America The Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It also hosts some affordable restaurants such as Ben’s Chili Bowl, Dukem which is perfect for groups and families and includes traditional dancing, music and coffee, Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza and Johnny’s Half Shell if you prefer organic food. So why not plan your next trip here with Travel Center and experience all of this for yourself.
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The legislative branch of the American government known commonly as the Congress has been meeting in this building to write the laws of the country since 1800. The 435 members of the lower House of Representatives and the 100 members of the Upper Senate meet in the South and North wings respectively. Entrance for tourists is provided through the underground visitor center of the East Plaza. There are free guided tours of the building.
Mount Vernon Trail
The Mount Vernon Trail is 18.5 miles long and is a famous cycling path. The trail begins from the Francis Scott Key Bridge and goes along the Potomac River passing Roosevelt Island, Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport and culminates at Mount Vernon. There are many picturesque sights along the way including Lady Bird Johnson Park with its beautiful Tulips and Daffodils, Gravelly Point and Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary.
The White House
The official residence and workplace of the President of the United States has survived a fire after it was torched by the British in 1814 but still stands tall and proud even today. John Adams was the president to live here. Tours here have to be arranged in advance through your country’s consulate either in Washington or back home. It is best to book a tour at least three months in advance. If you don’t feel like going through all the trouble just visit the White House visitor center where there are various artifacts and paraphernalia relating to the previous presidents.
Library of Congress
With 29 million books in its collection this library is the largest in the world. The centerpiece of the library is the 1897 Jefferson Building. The Great Hall is decorated with stained glass, marble and mosaics of mythical characters. Here is where you will find the Gutenberg Bible, Thomas Jefferson’s round library and the reading room viewing area. Free tours of the building take place every day.
Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture
The one museum you have to visit when you are in Washington is the Reynolds Center. It is a combination of the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum. You won’t find a better collection of American art anywhere else in the world. Art displayed here include those by Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer.
The 555 foot monument which was built to commemorate George Washington is the tallest in the district and was completed in two phases of construction. It is made of marble, granite and bluestone gneiss. Construction of the monument began in 1848 and was completed in 1884, the construction took so long because they had to stop the work due to a lack of funds.
The largest office building in the world, the Pentagon, is located south of Arlington Cemetery. Outside of the building is the Pentagon Memorial with 184 illuminated benches dedicated to the 184 people who lost their lives during the 2001 September 11th attacks on the Pentagon. Free guided tours are available which can be booked on the Pentagon website.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
A stark contrast to DC’s white this black low lying V shaped monument expresses the scars that were caused by the Vietnam War. Inscribed on the walls of this monument are the names of 58,272 soldiers who fought and died in the war, their names have been listed according to the order of which they died. The monument is subtle yet extremely profound.
This hallowed shrine is dedicated to the memory of one of America’s greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln. The architect of the building which was built in 1920 was Henry Bacon while the statue of Lincoln was designed by Daniel Chester French in 1922 and has been a major tourist attraction since the 30’s. To the left of the Lincoln statue you can read the words of the Gettysburg address. The steps of this monument is where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.
Manassas National Battlefield Park
The Manassas National battlefield Park is the location of two unexpected confederate victories during the Civil War. Begin your tour at the visitor’s center where you can view a small exhibit and a film about the battles that took place here. A pamphlet will guide you around the points of interest in the battlefields. During the month of August reenactments of the battles are staged.