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Attractions in Washington DC

Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Institute is a must do while in the national capital. Comprised of 19 different museums, nine centers of research and a zoological park, the Smithsonian Institute today is the world's largest complex of museums. Possessing a collection of more than 137 million objects, the Smithsonian houses museums dedicated to history, art, culture, space and much more.

Some of the more popular museums include the National Air and Space Museum where visitors can view 23 different galleries of aircraft, missiles, aircraft, rockets and more. At the National Museum of Natural History, visitors will be captivated by the many exhibitions about the earliest origins of dinosaurs, animals, humans and world cultures. The National Postal Museum features interesting exhibits about the Pony Express, vintage postal vehicles, letters and rare stamps. The National Zoological Park houses 2,000 animals that are represented by 400 different species.

Lincoln Memorial
One of the most visited attractions is the Lincoln Memorial. Dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, the memorial is a splendid monument constructed in the beautiful form of a Greek temple. The memorial stands nearly 100 feet high while the seated figure of Lincoln is 19 feet tall. The interior walls of the memorial are covered with inscriptions of Lincoln's two famous speeches, the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address. Open to the public 24 hours a day, the memorial is a site not to be missed.

National Gallery of Art
Regarded as one of the greatest art museums in the world, the National Gallery of Art houses two buildings that contain some of the world's finest art works. With objects ranging from the 13th century to present day, visitors can view exhibits of paintings, sculptures, documents, photographs, decorative arts, architecture and more by art masters from Europe and America.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Another must see while in the U.S. capital is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Dedicated to the memory of U.S. armed forces members who served and died during the Vietnam War, the memorial comprises two 246 feet long walls that are inscribed with more than 58,000 names. Seeing the many flowers, letters and photographs that are left in memory of relatives, a visit to the memorial is often a touching experience.

Ford's Theater
The site of Abraham Lincoln's 1864 assassination, the Ford's Theater provides visitors a worthwhile tour where they can learn about the Civil War, the life of Abraham Lincoln and the events leading up to his assassination. Visitors can also see fabulous plays and musicals at this famous theater.