10 Washington DC Sights

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Last week I had the chance to visit Washington DC. My fraternity had its centennial celebration there. In between meeting and talking to my frat brothers I had the opportunity to check out different sites in the city. Washington DC is one of my favorite cities. There are a lot of things to do there. Below are 10 Washington DC sights to visit.

Monuments

You can’t go to Washington DC. without seeing the numerous monuments that are there. This wasn’t my first time being in DC, but I still wanted to see some of them. This time around I had the chance to see the Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. It was my first time seeing the Dr. King Memorial because it wasn’t completed last time I visited DC. The atmosphere near the memorial was very calm and peaceful. Everyone should check out the Dr. King Memorial if you get a chance. He did so much for a lot of people and gave the ultimate sacrifice so that citizens could have equality.

Washington Nationals Game

If you’re an MLB fan, you have to check out a Washington Nationals game. Nationals Park is a beautiful stadium. They are a pretty good team in the National League East. There are a lot of good seats in Nationals Park that provides excellent views. Every ballpark isn’t like that. They also have an area outside of the stadium called Fairgrounds where they have a bar and food vendors. It’s a must-see if you like baseball.

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U Street

This one is one of my favorite Washington DC sights. U Street is one of the best places to go in the city for nightlife. There are several bars and restaurants to go to. Ben’s Chili Bowl is a must-visit if you’re ever in DC. They have great chili dogs and half-smokes. I try to go there every time I’m in DC. You may even see the owner, Virginia Ali still doing some work.

Howard University

Howard University is one of the best HBCUs out there. The school was established in 1867. It is commonly referred to as the “Mecca” because of its success and diverse group of students. Also, five of the “Divine Nine” fraternities and sororities were founded there. If you are a fan of HBCUs, this should be on your list of Washington DC sights.

The White House

You can’t go to Washington DC. and not see the White House. The White House is the residence and workplace of the President of the USA. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I’ve had the opportunity to see the White House a couple of times. I haven’t been able to take a tour yet. It takes months for your tour request to be approved or denied.

Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Veterans Memorials

One of the most moving war memorials, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial or commonly known as “The Wall”.  It is one of the sites where it is hard not to feel emotional while reading the names on the wall of more than 58,000 soldiers who laid their lives in the service of our nation during the Vietnam War. It is recommended to visit the site during the day when there’s ample sunlight.

The Korean War Veterans Memorial is located in Washington, DC.’s West Potomac Park, southeast of the Lincoln Memorial and just south of the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. It pays tribute to 1.5 million who served in the Korean War. It is a privately funded site displaying 19 stainless steel statues of soldiers in combat.

You are free to explore both the memorials 24 hours a day, however, the site is only staffed by National Park Service rangers from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Tidal Basin

This is another one of my favorite Washington DC sights. If you are visiting Washington, DC, try to spend some time along the Tidal Basin. It is a 2-mile-long pond that was once attached to the Potomac River and regarded as the backdrop to some of DC’s best-loved sites. Every spring, the Tidal Basin bursts with color as cherry blossom trees (gifted to DC from Tokyo) bloom into cotton candy-colored tufts, and they attract hordes of visitors. You can follow the path that leads around the basin, but many recent visitors recommended testing the waters in a paddleboat.

Washington National Cathedral

The Washington National Cathedral is designed in a gothic style, it is the 6th largest in the world. The construction of this massive structure started in 1907 and was completed by 1990. It is surrounded by gardens, creating a lovely atmosphere for visitors. Take a stroll around the cathedral and peer at its high vaults and flying buttresses, or step inside to admire its intricate glass-stained windows.

The cathedral’s grand architecture and colorful stained-glass windows will leave you in awe. If you’re religious, consider attending one of the free worship services, which are offered every Sunday at 8, 9 and 11:15 a.m. Evening prayers led by the choir are also available on Sundays at 4 p.m.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps, and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

The Library preserves and provides access to a rich, diverse, and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire, and engage you in your intellectual and creative endeavors. Whether you are new to the Library of Congress or an experienced researcher, we have a world-class staff ready to assist you online and in person. The Library of Congress comprises of three buildings and is open to the public Monday through Saturday, though each building maintains different visiting hours. There are no entrance fees for this attraction.

Arlington National Cemetery

The Arlington National Cemetery is the country’s largest military cemetery and serves as the final resting place for more than 400,000 military veterans and their immediate family from the fronts of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as World Wars I and II, the Korean conflict, Vietnam, the Cold War, and America’s Civil War.

The grounds honor those who have served our nation and provide a sense of beauty and peace for our guests. Rolling green hills are dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age, complementing the gardens found throughout the cemetery’s 639 acres. This impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within these hallowed grounds. The cemetery conducts between 27 and 30 funerals every weekday. The site is open to the public 365 days a year with free admission for those who wish to tour the site and pay their respects.

Have you ever been to Washington DC? What are some of your favorite things to do and see while you are there?

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9 Comments

  1. Visiting America in general as a tourist is my dream and obviously finding myself in D.C will be a dream come true.

  2. I have been to D.C. a couple of times but by far the most memorable was in the mid 80’s. Got to tour the White House without any pre-booking. Those were the days when fear wasn’t a part of politics. It is a gorgeous city and as you say, plenty of monuments and most are worth seeing on every return trip.

  3. Some of my favorites are: Kramer Bookstore in Dupont Circle, the Museum of American History which is on the mall, and the Smithsonian Art Museum. My favorite of the monuments in the Lincoln Memorial. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is also pretty moving.

    1. I need to check some of those out the next time I visit.

  4. I’ve never been to Washington but if I ever did go I would visit the White House, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, a JFK Memorial (is it located in Washington?) and Ben’s Chili Bowl – I love chili dogs.
    Lenie

    1. The JFK Memorial is actually in Dallas.

  5. Hi Jason; with all the traveling I’ve done in my life d c is one of the few cities I’ve missed. I do have it on my list. I think your five places are a good mix of historical, spiritual, and fun. 🙂 I’ll definitely email you before i make my trip there. thanks for sharing, max

    1. I will be looking forward to your e-mail Max!

  6. I haven’t been to Washington D.C., but know there are several things there I’d like to see if I get a chance to visit. The White House and the monuments are on the list, but also the Smithsonian.

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