Washington – Pomp And Circumstance
Washington is the true journey into the soul of America.
New York is like walking into a film, and Los Angeles is where those films are made. Chicago has muscular high-rise buildings and that lakeside location. But as the seat of Government, of institutions and triumphal boulevards, Washington DC is the true journey into the soul of America.
It’s here that the decisions are made that affect the world...
It’s here that the decisions are made that affect the world; here that you’ll feel the combined weight of history at the National Mall. The Smithsonian is the world’s largest storehouse with no fewer than 19 museums. You’ll find early Apple computers, Ford cars and Dorothy’s red slippers from the Wizard of Oz at the National Museum of American History on Constitution Avenue; Apollo 11 items at the National Air and Space Museum; Georgia O’Keefe paintings at the American Art Museum – and so much more.
It’s a huge undertaking, and you’ll need respite. At Arlington National Cemetery, you’ll find sepulchral peace, and similarly contemplative moments at John F Kennedy’s resting place on Sheridan Drive, plus views of the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. Once rested, don’t forget DC’s smaller museums. The Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle has a great collection of French impressionist and American modernist masterpieces in a Georgian Revival house. Newseum is a history by way of journalism, with newsreels and videos, reminding you that here in DC, news is made daily. The Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Cleveland Park – the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post – has the largest collection of Russian imperial art outside Russia and great gardens while the International Spy Museum celebrates the art of espionage with such crowd pleasers as guns shaped as lipstick holders.
All this knowledge gathering demands a reward, and near the Mall you can stroll through famous Georgetown, where period houses are populated by the city’s power-brokers. With cafés and bars, it’s a great place to hang out and perhaps to hire a bicycle and pedal alongside The Potomac River.
Washington will leave you wanting more.
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