Attractions in Washington DC

Korean War Memorial
This memorial, just south of the Reflecting Pool in the National Mall, is a tribute the soldiers of the Korean War. Ground broke for the memorial in 1992. It consists of a wall of sandblasted images, a Pool of Remembrance, a wall stating "Freedom Isn't Free" and 19 sculptures of U.S. troops made of stainless steel.

U.S. Capitol Building
This late 18, early 19th century building is the place where the United States Congress congregates. It sits directly across the Reflecting Pool from the Washington Monument. The initial building was much smaller than what tourists see today, as it partly burned during the War of 1812 and was expanded upon in the mid-19th century. It was at that time that the decision was made to add the now famous dome to the Capitol Building.

The Washington Monument
The Washington Monument is a large obelisk that towers over the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It faces the U.S. Capitol Building and the Reflecting Pool, which was made to reflect the monument. It stands at 555 feet and is a tribute to George Washington -- the first president of the United States.

Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial is a monumental statue made in honor of Abraham Lincoln -- the 16th president of the United States. It depicts a somber looking Abraham Lincoln seated and facing out of the Doric Temple in which the statue sits. Because Abraham Lincoln was one of the most important presidents in the history of the United States and the architecture and art of the monument is astounding, this is really a must see.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a long, two walled, grabo structure that contains the names of every American soldier who died or went missing during the Vietnam War. It is a place of somber reflection and family members often take rubbings of loved ones' names from the wall.

Constitution Gardens
The Constitution Gardens is a park that includes the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It is adjacent to the National Mall. It contains a pond and beautiful landscaping. The gardens represent the bicentennial of the American Revolution. Surrounded by memorials to other wars, it is the most simple and understated of the bunch, while managing to stand for the war on which the United States was founded.