The nation’s capital provides a unique visitor experience. On the one hand, it’s the central focus of the hot topics of the day, while it also provides a glimpse into our past. In the past few centuries, Washington, D.C., has been home to some of the nation’s most iconic figures and seen many evolutions and events that shaped the country’s growth and development.
Many of those historic happenings are memorialized in the city. If you’re staying in a short-let in Washington, D.C., and are looking to learn more about the city and country’s history during your stay, a trip to the Tidal Basin is a must. Ringing the reservoir is a series of monuments and memorials that pay tribute to some of the highest and lowest points in American history. Here are a few must-sees:
Washington Monument, 2 15th St. NW — The iconic obelisk is located on the expansive National Mall and serves as a tribute to the nation’s first president. The monument dates to 1888 and holds the distinction as the world’s tallest stone structure — at 554 feet. While the monument is closed to tours for renovations, a visit to Washington, D.C., wouldn’t be complete without a picture in front of the Washington Monument.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW — One of the world’s darkest periods is explored through this research-rich and moving museum experience. The facility presents more than 49-million pages of archival documents, as well as photos, video, oral-history testimonies and more from Holocaust survivors.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 701 E. Basin Drive SW — One of the nation’s Founding Fathers is enshrined in history at this monument. Jefferson’s legacy is preserved through this acclaimed architectural work, which features a statue of the primary author of the Declaration of Independence inside, surrounded by a portico, Ionic columns and circular marble steps.
Lincoln Memorial, 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW — Among the nation’s most recognizable buildings, the Lincoln Memorial commemorates the life and work of the 16th U.S. president. The structure is depicted on the penny and the $5 bill and is prominently featured in popular American culture. While it pays tribute to Lincoln’s legacy, it has developed its own, serving as the backdrop for significant historical events like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Korean War Veterans Memorial, 900 Ohio Drive SW — Those who fought and lost their lives in the Korean War are honored in this memorial, which features stainless steel statues, a mural and a Pool of Remembrance.
There are ample opportunities to get out of your short-let in Washington, D.C., and see what the nation’s capital has to offer.