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Washington DC: The City which Inspired The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

District of Columbia also know as Washington DC. Is a city that is a cultural and culinary melting pot. If you visit this place for a vacation, you can learn about the music, arts, food, and traditions of other countries from across the world. Reading this thriller novel you can find many famous monuments. Those include the Washington Monument, Capitol Building, Masonic Temple, House of the Temple, Smithsonian Castle and the National Cathedral. If you are a person who enjoys elegant monuments, world class museums and wonderful green parks, start packing your bags and head to Washington.

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1. The Lincoln Memorial

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If you haven’t seen the Lincoln Memorial, your trip to Washington is incomplete. This memorial is located near the Washington Monument on the western end of the National Mall in Washington DC and it also includes a 19-foot marble statue of President Abraham Lincoln seated in contemplation. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech “I Have a Dream” in this magnificent setting.

Moreover, the Lincoln Memorial is open 24 hours a day for the whole year. The easiest way to reach the Memorial is to go by the Metrorail or also by taking a Metrobus. Many people come at dusk to witness the Lincoln Memorial light up and catch the evening sun on the Washington Monument. However, especially during tourist peak seasons, this can be rather busy. Mornings are equally lovely, and if you arrive before 10 a.m., you’ll have the memorial almost entirely to yourself. Saturdays and Sundays are usually rather busy throughout the day.

2. The White House

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The White house, the most spoken about place that is situated in Washington DC. It is the President of the United States’ official residence. The Blue Room, Red Room, Green Room, State Dining Room, and a vista of the White House Rose Garden are all included in the public tour. You can also learn about the White House and the presidential families by visiting the White House Visitor Center. The tours that take place are on a first come first serve basis. You can book the tour upto 3 months in advance. The tours are free and self-guided, but you must seek permission to attend at least three weeks before your visit to gain clearance from the US Secret Service.

3. Washington Monument

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This monument was built in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States of America. It is the world’s tallest stone edifice. The Washington Monument is built of bluestone gneiss, granite, and marble and is 555 feet tall. Take the elevator to the top for a 360-degree panorama of Washington. Construction on the structure began in 1848, and it was designed by Robert Mills. Marble from a different quarry was utilized, and the change in hue, which begins at the 150-foot point, is the result of time and weather erosion. You can visit it anytime between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, but early evenings and the morning hours are the best time to visit this monument.

4. The Smithsonian Museum

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If you have seen the movie Night at the Museum: The battle of the Smithsonian, yes this is the one. There are also 19 museums and galleries in the complex. You’ll discover everything here, from scientific specimens to historic items to works of art. On your visit to this location, you could also visit the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Smithsonian National Postal Museum, and Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, among other institutions.

5. National Zoological Park

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The National Zoological Park, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution, is a popular destination for animal aficionados. It is home to about 2,000 different species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. The park’s main attraction is the enormous pandas. Red pandas, western lowland gorillas, Sumatran tigers, Asian elephants, white-naped cranes, cheetahs, and North Island brown kiwis can all be seen in this park. You can also go to the Amazonia exhibit to see the Amazon’s colourful marine life. Cheetahs, vultures, and Grevy’s zebras can all be seen at the Cheetah Conservation Station.

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6. The Capitol

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The architecture of the U.S Capitol is well-known. This structure, which houses the United States Congress, features a white facade and neoclassical style. There are also statues of significant historical people on display. The interior  is decorated with frescoes and paintings depicting moments from American history.  You can learn more about the fascinating facts about this majestic structure throughout your tour of it.

There you go, Washington DC and what all it possessed that inspired the best-selling novels by Dan Brown. Head to Pickyourtrail website right away. You can find the best packages throughout the USA.

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