If you’re heading to Washington D.C., then you absolutely have to check out the monuments in the area. As the nation’s capital, the area is filled with history and important landmarks. Whether you have an interest in politics, or you simply want to pay respect to the people and events that shaped the United States of America, you should check out the four top monuments and memorials in D.C.
Arlington National Cemetery
Although it might seem to be a strange place as a tourist destination, the Arlington Cemetery is actually well worth visiting, even if it’s just to pay tribute to fallen soldiers from conflicts around the world. Arlington is spread across 624 acres, and there are more than 400,000 graves in the cemetery. They range from conflicts like the American Civil War, World War II, the Vietnam War, and others. Taking a stroll through the cemetery can be a somber, but very humbling experience. There are also monuments within the grounds, such as the Memorial Amphitheater.
The Lincoln Memorial
One of the greatest leaders in the history of the United States, no visit to the capital would be complete without viewing the Lincoln Memorial. The giant figure of Lincoln is something to behold, made entirely from white marble, and rising some 30 feet from the ground on which you will be standing.
National World War II Memorial
Further along the National Mall, you will find the National World War II Memorial. The Second World War was the largest and deadliest conflict that the world has ever known, and more than 16 million Americans served, with almost half a million lost in battle. The monument is made up of 56 pillars that are all 5m tall. They circle the memorial plaza, and each one represents one of the US States, as well as overseas territories (based on status during world war II) like Samoa, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The memorial also includes bas relief sculptures that depict scenes from the war.
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Styled like classical Greek and Roman architecture, the Jefferson Memorial is one of the most famous Presidential Memorials in the United States. Jefferson, being one of the great Founding Fathers, had a significant role in the early development of the U.S. Because of that fact, it may be somewhat surprising to learn that this memorial wasn’t completed until 1943, more than 100 years after the death of Jefferson. The memorial has won awards for its architecture, and is visited by more than two million people every year.
Visit these four monuments in D.C., and you’ll have the opportunity to live and breathe some of America’s most important historical figures and events. There are plenty of other memorials and attractions in the capital, so make sure you make enough time to fully experience the city.