History & Heritage

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Visiting the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

A visit to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is to be transported to a trying time in American history, an era rife with economic depression and international conflict. The memorial, which honors the 32nd president of the United States, is composed of four “rooms” which represent each of...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial - National Mall - Washington, DC
Visiting the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

Where and what is the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial? The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to the tragic events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. All 184 lives lost in the attack on the Pentagon are represented by “Memorial Unit” benches. Surrounding the...

pentagon memorial
3 Days of Summer Fun in Washington. DC

Morning Start your day with breakfast at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel , where Martin Luther King, Jr. completed his "I Have a Dream" speech. It’s a short walk from the Willard to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial , the newest landmark on the National Mall . Once you're down there, visi...

Lincoln Memorial
8 Must-See Monuments & Memorials on the National Mall

According to the American Institute of Architects, half of Americans’ top 12 favorite architectural gems line the National Mall . There’s no denying the significance of the Mall for its symbols to American history and for its uniquely designed marvels. Check them all out here, then it's time to...

Sunset at the World War II Memorial & Lincoln Memorial - Washington, DC
Holidays in the White House: First Family Traditions

Holidays at the White House are a family affair…with thousands of guests. Each December, the President and his family deck the White House’s halls and opens the doors for dozens of parties and public tours. It’s a big job to prepare the country’s most famous residence for a month of celebrations...

national Christmas tree lighting
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: African American History & Culture

Washington, DC’s history is entwined with its large population of African American residents, as evidenced by the more than 200 sites on the African American Heritage Trail in the city. Here are more than 20 important sites that celebrate the history and experience of African Americans in the...

Funk parade
14 Can’t-Miss Free Museums on the National Mall

To go with its monuments and memorials, the National Mall boasts an impressive lineup of free museums. Visitors should take advantage of the wide range of experiences on hand, from immersing themselves in classic art to marveling at the wonders of aviation and our natural world. Let your wallet...

Smithsonian Museums - Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Washington, DC
11 Reasons to Check Out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a massive, multiple-day celebration of international cultures. The 2016 edition (June 29 – July 4, July 7-10) features two themes: Basque: Innovation By Culture and Sounds of California . Read on to learn what...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
U Street’s Unique History

The city is full of historic places, but U Street stands out for its unique position as a heart of culture, both past and present. The neighborhood began to build up toward the end of the 1800s, thanks to the construction of streetcars on its main thoroughfares. While it was primarily residential...

African American Civil War Memorial Statue
Visiting the National World War II Memorial

What is the National World War II Memorial and where is it? The National World War II Memorial honors the 16 million people who served as part of the American armed forces during World War II, including more than 400,000 who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The memorial sits along the...

National World War II Memorial - National Mall - Washington, DC