Washington houses several of the well renowned and easily recognizable monuments anywhere in the world. The chief city planner Pierre-Charles L’Enfant was tasked with the responsibility of planning the city by George Washington. Pierre-Charles L’Enfant has envisioned open and spacious city stretches which is unique to a city like Washington D.C
The city is garnished with monuments that withhold the national pride that the democratic nation is known for, from the white house and Lincoln memorial, to many other tourist attractions including world class museums and space centres. The weather of the city makes it apt to be visited in the months of spring and autumn, as the summers can be scorching at times!
The White House
It is the official residence of the president of the United States of America. It was built in 1792, burnt down by British forces in 1814 and then rebuilt again in 1818. Every tourist must see this iconic building with their own eyes if they are visiting the country. You can be part of the tour by reserving well in advance through the embassy. The ballroom; the blue, green, red, and east rooms; and the state dining rooms are all part of it. There exists a visitor centre as well with interactive exhibits showcasing the notable moments of various presidents in office.
The Lincoln Memorial
The 19-foot marble statue of the 16th president of the United States of America shows Abraham Lincoln seated in a reflective and contemplative pose. It is surrounded by 36 columns, one for each of the states that existed at the time of his demise. The grand sculpture was designed by Daniel Chester French. The artist Jules Guerin painted murals on the inside showcasing the notable events in the life of this great man. The memorial is separated from the Washington monument by a shallow reflective pool, and is one of the more easily recognizable monuments in the city!
The Washington Monument
The 555 – foot white obelisk has become a familiar sight, even to foreigners, thanks to Hollywood portraying it in many of its large productions. This structure was constructed to honour the 1st president of USA, George Washington. The insides have stones engraved from various sources such as cities, countries, groups and individuals that helped in the funding. There is an elevator which takes you all the way to the top of the monument for the much popular bird’s eye view of the city.