Washington, DC Sites
Photo Gallery - Washington, DC, the capital city of the United States,
is a vacation destination for millions of people from all over the
world. They come to visit the Smithsonian Museums, to see the monuments
and memorials on the National Mall, to learn about the history behind
these iconic structures, and to see the buildings that house the offices
of our nation's government leaders. There is plenty to see and do in
our Nation's Capital. This photo gallery includes some of the sites
visited by most tourists.
2014 White House Spring
Garden Tour - Twice each year in the spring and again in the fall, the
gardens on the South Lawn of the White House are opened to the public.
Tours require no advanced reservations and open to anyone with a timed
ticket. These tickets can be obtains at the entry point of the tour. The
self-guided tours can be completed in 30 minutes or two hours. Taking
the tour is as close as most visitors will get to "The People's House."
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden - The Garden exhibits 17 modern and contemporary sculptures
primarily by American artists. The shady 6.1 acre enclave provides a
tranquil respite amid the hubbub of traffic between two busy streets
along the National Mall. The lush plantings surrounding the art include
perennials, shrubs and flowering trees. The garden is the ideal venue for
lunch or the Friday evening Jazz in the Garden concert series. The
central fountain, a piece of art in itself, provides a cool spray to
ward off the summer heat and transforms into an ice rink in the winter.
Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden - Latvian born Joseph
Hirshhorn passed through Ellis Island at the age of six. He dropped out
high school at thirteen, made a small fortune just weeks before the 1929
stock market crash then went on to make a huge fortune in Canadian
uranium mining. After collecting an eclectic mix of modern art during
his lifetime, he donated his entire 6,000 piece collection to the
Smithsonian Museum in the United States. The donut-shaped Hirshhorn
Museum was built to house the collection. When he died in 1981, he left
the Smithsonian another 6,000 pieces. The Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden,
located on the National Mall just north of the Museum, displays
sculptures by some of the best known national and international artists.
Community Museum - The museum interprets the Black experience from the
1800s to the present in both in the United States and African
communities around the world. Approximately 6,000 objects are on display
including photographs, personal papers, books, audio and video clips,
art works, archaeological materials, textiles, furniture, musical
instruments, and clothing. Museum visitors can also learn about African
American history and culture through film screenings, educational
programs, workshops and lectures and, by appointment, peruse the museum
library’s 5,000 volumes.
Franciscan Monastery -
The Franciscan Monastery is set on 40 shady acres in northeast
Washington, DC. The church and monastery, designated a National Historic
Site in 1991, have been a place of worship and pilgrimage for thousands
of visitors since the church’s dedication in 1899. Replicas found in
the church and catacombs and on the monastery grounds enable visitors to
vicariously experience some of the biblical events we’ve learned about
during our spiritual training.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Memorial - The memorial's four outdoor rooms honor the accomplishments
of the 32nd president of the United States. He was elected shortly after
the Great Depression and presided during World War II. He is the only
president to have been elected to four terms of office. South Dakota red
granite cover the walls and floor of the memorial's 7 1/2 acres.
Fitzgerald Tennis Center - The Fitzgerald Tennis Center is the home of the Citi Open (formerly the Legg Mason Tennis Classic), a place where, for about ten days each year, tennis fans can watch professional tennis players execute points with amazing artistry then on the very next point make the same boneheaded errors that we make on a regular basis. When this happens, many of us shake our heads and say “and they get paid to do that”.
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