The White House -The White House is home to the President of the United States and a symbol of American democracy. Tours of the White House are available and free to the public with advance reservations made through Members of Congress or a foreign citizen's embassy in Washington, DC. Learn interesting facts about the history of the White House, the Oval Office, East and West Wings, and past presidents of the United States. Visit www.whitehouse.gov.
National Mall -The National Mall is the heart of downtown Washington, DC. Here, visitors will find the core of Washington, DC monuments, memorials, museums and official buildings, including the US Capitol. Among the attractions at the National Mall are the Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, Vietnam Memorial, Smithsonian Institution museums, and the National Gallery of Art. The National Mall is accessible to the public and is pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. Visit http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc70.htm.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial -Located in the National Mall on the southern edge of the Tidal Basin, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial pays homage to the contributions of President Jefferson. Interpretive tours of the memorial are offered on the hour throughout the day, offering detailed explanations of Jefferson's career, the significance of the memorial and interesting facts about the history and architecture of the memorial. Admission to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is free. Visit http://www.nps.gov/thje/index.htm.
Lincoln Memorial -The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC stands as a symbol of freedom and honor for President Abraham Lincoln. Situated at the far end of the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial faces the US Capitol and is a profound statement of liberty and justice. Free interpretive tours of the Lincoln Memorial are available daily. The Lincoln Memorial is a popular stop for Washington, DC night tours when the memorial and President Lincoln are grandly illuminated. Visit http://www.nps.gov/linc/index.htm.
World War II Memorial -The World War II Memorial salutes the 16 million service members, over 400,000 soldiers who lost their life, and the millions of Americans on home soil who served the United States during World War II. The Memorial features such symbolic design elements as 56 granite columns, 24 bronze bas-relief panels, stone carvings and the wall of Gold Stars. Interpretive tours are offered daily. Visit http://www.nps.gov/nwwm/historyculture/index.htm.
Washington Monument -Built in honor of President George Washington, the Washington Monument stands just over 555 feet tall and shaped like an Egyptian obelisk. Visitors to the Washington Monument can admire the structure from the ground. The Monument itself is temporarily closed due to damage sustained in the earthquake that struck Washington, DC in August 2011. Visit http://www.nps.gov/wamo/index.htm.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial -The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a stoic commemorative to the American soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. The Memorial comprises the Memorial Wall with over 58,000 names etched in stone, a bronze statue titled The Three Soldiers, and the Women's Memorial which pays homage to the women who served in Vietnam. Visit http://www.nps.gov/vive/index.htm.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial -The Franklin Delano Memorial celebrates the life and presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Known for such prophetic sayings as "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," FDR led the country for three terms under such dire circumstances as the Great Depression and World War II. Visit http://www.nps.gov/frde/index.htm.
Smithsonian Museums -The Smithsonian Institution comprises the largest complex of museums and galleries in the world, most of which are located in Washington, DC. Smithsonian museums located at The National Mall and the greater Washington, DC area include: Air and Space Museum, American History Museum, American Indian Museum, Freer Gallery of Art, Natural History Museum, Renwick Gallery, Portrait Gallery and the National Zoo. Admission to the National Zoo and majority of Smithsonian museums is free.