Well, the worthwhile ones at least. Washington D.C., and more specifically the National Mall, holds several major museums and memorials dedicated to preserving the history of the United States of America, and in some cases, the world.
Here, I have listed only the places I deemed ‘worthwhile’ to visit. If it isn’t here, I didn’t think that you should waste your time doing it. It’s just not worth it to go to every single one of the stops, only to find that half of them were useless. That’s why I put this together.
This popular memorial was built as a dedication to the 16th President of the United States – Abraham Lincoln. It has long been a busy tourist destination, and also a symbolic center of social injustice and racial inequality. The power feel as you stand on the steps beneath the 36 columns as Honest Abe looks down on you is enchanting.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
The Korean War Veterans Memorial commemorates the 33,000 American lives lost in the early 1950’s during the Korean War. The memorial includes several soldiers, armed, running around the bushes, as well as a few simple words. ‘Freedom is not Free.’
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Yet another war memorial in the National Mall, the Vietnam Memorial houses ‘The Wall,’ a wall listing every single soldiers name that died or went missing during the Cold War Era proxy war in Vietnam. All 58,000 of them.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to the 32nd President of the United States, as well as the era and message he represented; Peace and diplomacy. Franklin D. Roosevelt is one of the most loved Presidents, and for good reason. This large, winding memorial shares with you quotes, waterfalls and ginormous rock slabs in crazy designs.
World War II Memorial
56 pillars and two triumphal arches later, the World War II Memorial creates one of the largest and most significant memorials in the United States. This memorial is dedicated to the 418,000 American’s that died during the great war, and has 4,000 gold stars to represent it. All 50 states are listed on the pillars, as well as all areas of the world that the US fought in.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Although there has been some controversy surrounding this monument, mainly because Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner, the man helped shape this nation nonetheless, and that is why one of the largest memorials in D.C. was built in his honor.
The tallest stone structure, the tallest obelisk and tallest monumental column in the world, the Washington Monument is the ‘memorial’ that was built to honor the most important President in the history of the USA, George Washington, the first President of the United States. The obelisk stands right in the middle of the National Mall, due East of the Lincoln Memorial, and starting in 2019, you will be able to take an elevator to the top.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
The Hirshhorn Museum is home to some of the most famous modern art pieces in the world, and also has a structure garden across the street with Yoko Ono’s Wishing Tree in it. Although not as well known as some of the other museums, this one is a must do before leaving D.C.
The National Gallery is an outstanding display of history, culture, and most importantly, art. This museum was by far my favorite thing I did in D.C., period. There is no question there. The modern art in the East Wing are a beautiful insight into the design of the world, while the historical masterpieces in the West Wing shine light throughout time.
Washington D.C. is a wonderful city full of life, and with so much to do, it’s hard to choose. Make sure you do the good ones.