The Washington Monument is one of the most recognized landmarks in the country. The monument was built in honor of the nation's first President and stands just over 555 feet tall. You can go to the top and see spectacular views of the city.
Arlington National Cemetery
While in Washington, you can visit the final resting place of America's heroes of war. You can see the burial site of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. William Howard Taft and Robert Kennedy are also buried at the cemetery The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is one of the most visited areas of the cemetery. The tomb looks over the city and is guarded by soldiers 24 hours a day. The tomb contains the remains of military members who died in various wars. You can periodically witness the changing of the guard with a ceremony and salute.
The Kennedy Center
One of the most entertaining attractions in Washington is The Kennedy Center. You can see performances from the world of opera, theatre, musicals, ballets, and orchestra. Over 3,000 performances are held each year at the center, and tours are available.
Washington DC is home to the sixth largest cathedral in the world. The National Cathedral offers a place for people of all faiths to worship. The church is stunning with gorgeous sculptures, massive gargoyles, and beautiful stained glass windows. The funerals of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan were held at the cathedral, and ceremonies took place at the facility to celebrate the ends of World Wars I and II. President George W. Bush also held a special prayer event to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865 as he watched a play at Ford's Theater. You can visit the historic theater that observes the life and death of the 16th President of the United States. You can even see the box seat where the bullet struck Mr. Lincoln. The theater's museum will educate you on the events that took place before and after the death of the President. You can also view the gun that John Wilkes Booth used to kill the nation's President.
On September 11, 2001, 184 people were killed when a plane crashed into the Pentagon. You can visit the Pentagon memorial and pay tribute to those who lost their lives that tragic day.