Washington DC for Politics, Museums and Ambition
The capital of the United States of America, Washington D.C., is one of the most visited cities in the USA.
This city is bursting with interesting learning and cultural experiences, suited for people of all ages. Deep dive into everything American history and government-related, as well as the opportunities to immerse yourself in art, science and much more on your trip to Washington D.C. With over 70 museums and monuments to suit everyone’s interests, it will be tough to pick which to visit over the course of your few days in D.C.
Smithsonian Museums of Washington DC
The Smithsonian Institution has 20 museums and galleries across the country with 17 of those in Washington D.C. and 11 of those to be found along the National Mall and admission is free to all of them. The National Mall is a landscaped park that is home to many iconic monuments and as a result, is the most visited national park in the U.S. The museums that can be found along the mall include the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
One of the most fascinating and engaging of the Smithsonian Museums is the National Air and Space Museum. The museum is bursting with stories and history from Apollo 13 to Women in Aviation. If you want some inspiration to help you reach for the stars this is the place to start.
Another museum of note in D.C. is the International Spy Museum. The museum aims to educate its visitors on espionage and intelligence in an engaging way. Field trip bookings can be made for between 15 and 90 students, with a discounted ticket price offered to both students and adult chaperones.
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It is worth taking a trip across the Potomac River into Virginia to see the Arlington National Cemetery. In these 624 acres, the graves of those who were lost in the conflicts of the United States can be found, dating back as far as the Civil War. It is a very chilling place to visit, but an important site for many Americans to pay their respects to the thousands who have given their lives in the name of U.S. freedom.
The White House
Tours of the White House are available but must be requested, via the Irish Embassy in Washington, up from up to 3 months in advance, and no less than 21 days before your intended visit. Spaces are limited and tend to fill up quickly, so it is highly advised to submit your request as far in advance as possible. All foreign nationals must bring their passport to their allotted time slot, it is also advised to bring as little as possible with you. The tour will bring you through the public rooms of East Wing of The White House, and in each room, there is a member of the secret service available to answer any questions on the history and architecture of that room.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
If you happen to be in D.C in the springtime be sure and check the dates for the National Cherry Blossom Festival that takes place every year. The festival commemorates the time in 1912 when the gift of 3,000 cherry trees were given to the city by the Mayor of Tokyo and also marks the friendship that exists between the United States and Japan. This festival brings along with it 3 weeks of fun activities for everyone to enjoy and embrace the beauty of the cherry blossom tree.
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