EXPERIENCE WASHINGTON, DC FROM THE INSIDE
The Hotel George is right in the heart of DC. You'll have this great international city at your feet: the iconic monuments that illuminate the capitol skyline, the captivating museums that enlighten you about art and history, the memorials that honor America's greatest leaders, and the roar of excited baseball fans. Take a tour of the White House, shop the historic streets of Georgetown and Dupont Circle, embrace music at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, encounter the giant pandas at the National Zoological Park or cheer for the Washington Nationals. Your visit to the Capitol City will be an adventure of epic proportions.
White House. The seat of our country's leadership and Washington DC's most prominent landmark, the White House is the official home and office of the President of the United States and the cabinet. Part of President's Park, the White House is a complex of three buildings, with the original residence housing the president's home and rooms for official ceremonies and entertaining. The White House consists of 6 floors with 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 412 doors, 147 windows, 8 fireplaces, 8 staircases, 3 elevators, 5 chefs, a tennis court, bowling alley, movie theater, jogging track, swimming pool, and a putting green. First occupied in 1800, the White House is built of white-painted aqua sandstone in the late Georgian style. Take the tour and see its architectural beauty and significant history as America's highest symbol of democracy. Walk through The Blue Room, East Room, Green Room, Red Room, and State Dining Room. Visit www.whitehouse.gov.
US Capitol. The heart of Capitol Hill - located at the east end of the National Mall - the United States Capitol is an impressive icon of American freedom, democracy and government. Founded in 1793, the US Capitol is one of the most architecturally impressive and symbolically significant buildings in the world. The building has housed the Senate and the House of Representatives for over two centuries and is a monument to the American people and government. The powerful pulse of our nation's capitol is derived from Congressional activities under its majestic dome. The Capitol Building is open for guided tours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Saturday. Visit www.aoc.gov/cc/capitol.
National Mall & Memorial Parks. Nestled in Downtown DC, The National Mall & Memorial Parks is an open national park that protects the oldest park lands in the nation. The National Mall & Memorial Parks commemorate presidential legacies, honor the courage and sacrifice of war veterans, celebrate America's freedom and equality and preserve treasures of history and art. The National Mall includes the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, WWII Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, National Museum of American History, National Gallery of Art and other famous landmarks. A National Historic Landmark, and one of Washington, DC's oldest buildings, the National Mall is a magnificent example of Greek-Revival architecture. Visit www.nps.gov/vive/index.htm.
Lincoln Memorial. A shrine for President Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Memorial is one of the most profound and powerful symbols of American freedom and a place to express ideas that unite our nation. Part of the National Mall, this National Historic Landmark is in the form of a Greek Doric temple, with a massive sculpture of Lincoln beneath inscriptions of two immortal speeches. Millions come here to be inspired by the spirit of President Lincoln's vision and passion. The memorial was the site of Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963. Visit www.nps.gov/linc.
Washington Monument. Honoring our nation's first President, the Washington Monument celebrates the distinguished leadership of President George Washington, who led the country to independence. One of the oldest attractions in Washington, the 555-foot white marble and granite Egyptian obelisk shaped monument captures the imagination and ideals of people from around the world. The commemorative stones in the monument's stairwell come from every state in the Union. Open: 9:00 am to 4:45 pm daily. Free tickets are available through the National Park Service at 800-967-2283.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Thomas Jefferson Memorial stands as an enduring symbol of liberty and the world. Modeled after the Pantheon of Rome, Jefferson Memorial is America's cherished memorial to our third president and a landmark in the skyline of Washington, DC. The stirring words of Thomas Jefferson, inside the memorial, were written over 200 years ago and have shaped American ideals and government. The circular, colonnaded structure of Neoclassic style is a symbol of liberty. Each year the Jefferson Memorial hosts the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Visit www.nps.gov/thje/index.htm.