Visiting Washington DC was the perfect opportunity to discover the cradle of the American democracy. Knowing that I only have one day, I chose some of the city’s most famous tourist attractions, such as the White House, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Besides, I spent very interesting hours at the National Air and Space Museum.
The first impact was in the subway, that is totally different from the New York’s. The subway stations architecture gave me the feeling that I had arrived in the future and I can say that I was mildly uncomfortable due to the crepuscular light. I think it’s good to know that you have to put the card in the device both at the entrance and at the exit, so be careful not to lose it.
Washington is an airy city with low buildings, wide streets and … with many people dress in suits. Many of the world famous tourist attractions are located in the area called `The National Mall`, which was a great advantage for us because we saved valuable time.
As we arrived, we headed to the White House, the official residence of the President of the United States of America. The main building, with a Georgian style, made of white painted tiles, was first named the „White House”, in 1901, by the President Theodore Roosevelt. We continued to the Lincoln Memorial that impressed me with its sobriety. It seemed interesting to me that the architects chose the monument to resemble a Greek temple surrounded by 36 Doric-style columns. The main statue, located in the central room of the monument, presents Lincoln on an armchair. The other two chambers contain the two famous speeches of this president who abolished the slavery and modernized the American economy.
On our way to the Washington Monument, we stopped at the World War II Memorial, which we discovered by accident. The park consists of 56 pillars, two small triumphal arches and a well, dedicated to Americans who lost their lives in the Second World War. We drew our soul and were enjoying the water splashes by the wind. It was 11 o’clock and in about 30 minutes we had to get to the Washington Monument. While we were waiting to enter, according to the schedule, we were announced that a helicopter with the President Barack Obama is about to land within 5 minutes at the White House so it is going to pass over our heads. The event was accompanied by applause, a sign that this president enjoyed great sympathy from his fellow countrymen. The cheerful atmosphere excited me! In addition, Washington Monument gave me a lesson of American history, as well as an aerial image of the city. The Obelisk was erected in honor and memory of the first American president, George Washington.
For me the most impressive attraction was the National Air and Space Museum, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute. If I were to come back to Washington, I would visit it again and I would not be bored for sure. The exhibits are presented in such a way that they are admired from different angles, and the sections of the museum are ingeniously settled. You can be part of the adventure of conquering air and space! You can look closely at the `Flyer` biplane, the device with which the Wright brothers made their first flight, or Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the first aircraft to complete a nonstop flight from New York to Paris. You can admire the model of a small probe that has reached the end of the solar system or you can get into a rocket to experience how astronauts live in space. Those who are courageous can embark on a computerized simulator (for 10 $) to experience flying in the P-51 Mustang, F-18 Hornet, A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, P-40 Warhawk, F-4 Phantom II and more. Visitors can also touch a sample of a lunar rock brought back from the Apollo 17 mission in 1972 and admire the Space Shuttle `Discovery`. Not accidentally, this museum was in the fourth place among the world’s museums in 2015 with about 6,900,000 tourists. It’s original and interactive!
My visit to Washington was short and intense. We passed the Capitol, but we did not have time to visit it. One more reason to come back here!
Good to know:
- Washington Monument is closed until the spring of 2019 for upgrades. Details here.
- Access to the Air and Space Museum is free of charge. Details here.
- You can use the „Old Town Trolley Tour” (Hop on – Hop off) to visit the city. There are 25 stations and you can go down whenever you want without buying a new ticket for each new get on.
- A map of Washington tourist attractions is here