Beyond Politics: 3 Tourist Sites in Washington DC

A street in Washington DCWashington DC is a beautiful place. There is no doubt on that. If you think that for a capital city commonly associated with politics and politicians, there might not be many tourist landmarks, think again.

There are many landmarks for tourists all around the capital. Better, these landmarks are all accessible by any of the many DC taxi companies around.

Here are three top places to visit, among many others, in Washington, DC, if you are looking for tourist attractions in the area:

The White House

The White House is iconic not just in the US, but throughout the world as well. It is the official residence of the President. According to the New York Times, 70,000 to 100,000 people visit the White House each month. This includes tourists as well as people conducting business.

Self-guided tours are available, and visitors who wish to join must first request their congressman’s office anywhere from 21 days to six months in advance.

Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is an impressive monument built to honor the 16th president of the US, Abraham Lincoln. You can find the memorial at the end of the National Mall, which is across from the Washington Monument.

Measured from head to foot, the monument of the sitting Lincoln stands 19 feet tall and weighs 175 tons. The Lincoln Memorial steps are also noted for being where Martin Luther King delivered his “I have a dream…” speech in 1963.

United States Capitol

The United States Capitol is the building where Congress meets. Essentially, it is the place where the politics happen. An interesting point about the building is that the iconic dome drew inspiration from the dome of St. Peter’s in Rome.

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Just like the White House, the Capitol has guided tours. Visitors can obtain passes to the tours for free from their congressman’s office.

In the end, Washington is more than just about the politics. Tourists will find some places that will make their visit memorable.