Wandering Through Washington

lincoln memorial

As the White House prepares to welcome its newest occupant in the New Year, Washington DC is still a top place to visit if you’re planning an American holiday. When making your travel arrangements, remember to fill out your ESTA Visa application, once approved you’ll be entitled entry into the United States for up to 90 days. Washington has a rich wealth of museums and tourist attractions so you’ll never be short of something to keep you enthralled and engaged during your stay.

Lincoln Memorial

This beautiful national monument was built to honour and celebrate the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Henry Bacon was the architect who had the honour of designing the overall memorial, while the actual statue was carved by the Piccirilli Brothers. Since 1930, the memorial has been a popular tourist attraction for over six million visitors from all over the world, every single year. There are a number of other memorials nearby including Vietnam Veterans, Korean War Veterans and National World War II. Complete with a number Lincoln’s most inspiring speeches etched onto the wall, and the memorial, over all, is likely to take your breath away.

Ford’s Theatre

A site of historical significance as the place where Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, Ford’s Theatre is still open and fully functional to this day. The go-to place in the District Capital serves as a museum with a wide collection of artefacts, as well as being a theatre that regularly puts on a number of the very best productions and historic interpretations. With the festive season approaching, Ford’s Theatre will present the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, with Craig Wallace in the lead role as Ebenezer Scrooge. The production runs from the 17th November through to New Years Eve.

Library of Congress

532 miles of shelves are home to more than 115 million books, with many thousands added to the collection every single day. Although the library doesn’t own ever single book ever published, it’s pretty close. Expect to lose hours of your day when you step inside, but you won’t regret a single second. Prepare to fall through the rabbit hole as you uncover endless resources as part of your research. There are also a number of lectures scheduled every single day that are fully thought provoking and engaging.

International Spy Museum

Home to a wealth of interactive exhibits, the most extensive collection of spy artefacts ever displayed in one place. Since its initially opening in 2016, the museum is open every day (except for Christmas and Thanksgiving). Currently there is an exhibit to celebrate more than 50 years of Bond villains.