The National Mall
As Washington D.C. has evolved it has become a fascinating
destination, full of wide open spaces, grand memorials, fabulous
neoclassical architecture and acres of parks all over the city. The
National Mall is an area of parkland (flanked by Constitution
Avenue and Independence Avenue) that runs for over two miles
from the US Capitol Building on Capitol Hill to Lincoln Memorial.
It forms the main centre of attractions, with many of the main
sights and landmarks located close by.
An absolute must for anyone visiting Washington is a trip to the
Smithsonian Institution - the world's largest museum complex with
19 museums and nine research centres, as well as the national
zoo. There is no cost to enter the museums of the Smithsonian
Institution. The Smithsonian is located on the National Mall.
Among the many other sights worth visiting are the many memorial
sights located throughout the city, including Arlington National
Cemetery, the largest burial ground in the United States that
includes the grave of JFK, the D.C. War Memorial and Lincoln
The White House
The three houses of government in Washington are all worth
visiting. The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
While it is only possible to tour the White House by prior
arrangement, the White House Visitor Centre on the corner of 15th
and E is open daily from 7:30am to 4:00pm.
The US Capitol building, home of the Senate and the House of
Representatives, is open to visitors and is free to tour (you must
book in advance). The US Supreme Court is the highest judicial
authority in the United States, located at One 1st Street. It is
possible to visit the court and enjoy a tour, including a lecture
about court proceedings, when the court is not in session, or to
watch a case being argued when the court is in session (although
seating is limited and queues are likely).