Seen from all over this beautiful city, the Washington Monument is a must-see. Standing 555 feet, 5.5 inches, it holds the distinctions of being the world's tallest stone structure and the city's tallest structure. Views from the top provide a breathtaking glimpse up to 20 miles away and include numerous attractions. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. except Christmas and the Fourth of July. Admission is free but requires tickets that are hard to come by during busy times. Reservations are available for $1.50 from the National Park Service. Call (877) 444 -6777 for more details.
Constitution Avenue/15th Street NW
Washington DC 20037
See one of America's Founding Fathers in a bigger-than-life memorial and the site of numerous historical events, including Martin Luther Kings Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech and President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities. Resembling a Grecian Doric temple, including a 19-foot-tall marble statue and the complete Gettysburg Address inscribed on the walls, the Lincoln Memorial is another must-see for all those visiting the famous city. It is open 24 hours a day, with national park rangers on site from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. to respond to inquires, except on Dec. 25. Admission is free.
Lincoln Memorial Circle SW
Washington, DC 20037
Gaze at the creator of the Declaration of Independence, this country's third president and the University of Virginia's founder, Thomas Jefferson. Designed like Rome's Pantheon, this monument includes a 19-foot bronze statue of Jefferson and is encompassed by thousands of the city's legendary cherry trees. The walls are inscribed with five quotations, including parts of the Declaration of Independence, making this monument worth seeing. It is open 24 hours a day, with national park rangers on site to respond to inquires from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. No admission fee is charged.
900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024
Article Written By Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.