Lincoln Memorial

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It’s no secret that the American government is hard at work right now in Washington D.Cbecause of the outbreak of Coronavirus, but there is more to our nation’s capital than just busy politicians and government decisions. Many of us can recall our middle school trip to Washington D.C. But what can you actually remember from itEven if you aren’t a history buff or interested much in politics, consider taking a trip to Washington D.C. to immerse yourself in the diverse culture and the beautiful city.  

Everywhere you look in the city you will find yourself among something of importance. Monuments seem to be around every corner. You can’t visit Washington D.C without climbing the 87 steps to see the Lincoln Memorial that overlooks the remarkable Reflecting Pool with the Washington Monument in the distance. Located in between these two monuments is the peaceful Constitution Garden that is a great place to take a leisurely stroll in the bustling city. The Lincoln Memorial is a popular spot but may be most known for Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 that had over 250,000 people in attendance. To remember the impactful speech and the man behind it, visitors can see the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial that is only about a 10-minute walk from the Lincoln Memorial.   

There are hundreds of monuments and memorials in Washington D.C., but the most memorable one to me is the World War II MemorialThis memorial honors all the people who served in World War II through the beautifully crafted granite columns that represent the states and territories in America at the time. The fountains and arches mean more to our country than just a captivating architectural beauty and seeing the tribute to our soldiers can be an eye-opening experience to many.  

There’s even more to do in Washington D.C. than just visit monuments and memorials. While touring the city, you can stop in any of the 20 Smithsonian museums. You will not have a problem finding one that interests you, as the museums range from sharing American history to air and space. There are also numerous opportunities to see art and gardens, and you can take a visit to the National Zoo to see all the animals. The best part is that all of these activities are free to the public. You can even sit in on a Supreme Court case free of charge.  

You are bound to get hungry while touring the District of Columbia. Luckily, the city has plenty of food options. Taste food from cultures around the world in America’s city.  

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