White House, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Capitol, Washington D.C.
Wold War II Memorial, Washington D.C.
Washington DC, the capital of the United States, is home to the White House and many solemn buildings. Imagine what happens behind these walls, passing by the Congress or the Supreme Court, admiring the Capitol dome... All these reasons make this city-state one of the favorite destinations for foreign visitors, mixing with Americans of all ages who have come on pilgrimage. Vast avenues lined with trees, light, the banks of the Potomac and small charming districts: you never get tired of walking through the brains of the United States.
Discover the region
But Washington is not just the National Mall. Its many museums, chic restaurants, shops of all kinds, professional sports teams and, in spring, its magnificent cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are also to be discovered, whether on foot, by bike or by metro.
In Washington, D.C., it is easy to combine a tourist and cultural visit. Several museums under the Smithsonian Institution are located in or near the Mall, all of which are free of charge. The National Aviation and Space Museum, the American History Museum and the Natural History Museum are worth a visit. For art lovers, there is the Corcoran Gallery, the American Art Museum, the Freer Gallery of Art, the Museum of African Art, or the Museum of Women in the Arts dedicated to women's artistic production. And these are just a few of the many museums in the District.
In addition to these two major sites, the Mall houses a cascade of monuments such as the Washington Monument, a large obelisk dedicated to the first President of the United States, or memorials dedicated to famous figures in American history: the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial... There is even an Albert Einstein Memorial!
The park is bordered by countless and sumptuous museums. Grouped under the name Smithsonian Institution, 17 institutions constitute the largest research and museum center in the world. Culture lovers can also get lost with delight in the world's largest library, the Library of Congress. As for the National Air and Space Museum, it is the most visited in the country, perhaps because of the presence of the first motorized aircraft flown by the Wright brothers in 1903, or the famous Spirit of Saint Louis used by Charles Lindbergh to cross the Atlantic in 1927, or more recently, the Breitling Orbiter which allowed Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones to fly around the world in a balloon and realize Jules Verne's dream.