The Andrew Mellon auditorium will be your landmark Start Line site. It connects two wings of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) building. Several historical events have taken place here, including the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty that established NATO in 1949.
The Smithsonian National Museum works to collect, preserve and exhibit the cultural heritage of the U.S. in social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. It was opened in 1980 and has been a major tourist attraction ever since.
The official name for the Ellipse is President’s Park South. It’s 52 acres of park that lies just south of the White House fence. The Ellipse is the name of the five-furlong (1 kilometer) circumference street in the park. It features several monuments and is also the chosen site of several events throughout the year.
The Herbert C. Hoover Building serves as the central office and headquarters of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The building came to be soon after President William Howard Taft signed legislation on his last day in the Oval office, dividing the Department of Commerce and Labor into two separate departments. Construction began in 1927 and was completed in 1932.
This Art Museum of the Americas is devoted to exhibiting works of modern and contemporary art from Latin american and Caribbean regions. It was established in 1976 by the Organization of American States (OAS), an intercontinental organization whose mission is regional solidarity among member states.
Built in 1929 by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), DAR Constitution Hall serves as a concert hall today, but was once the home of the DAR annual convention.
The Interior Museum is housed in the same building as the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Parks Service, U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Government Press. The museum was considered a novel addition to the original architect’s plans for the construction of the Interior Building. The museum is active in educating the public about stewardship initiatives of public land’s natural resources and cultural heritage.
The Lincoln Memorial is a national monument erected to honor America’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. It’s been a major tourist attraction since 1930.
The Arlington Memorial Bridge is a Neoclassical, stone arch drawbridge that crosses over the Potomac River. It was constructed in 1932 and is decorated with monumental statues that depict valor and sacrifice.
The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is the largest of the many reflecting pools located throughout D.C. It was built in 1922 and has been a popular tourist destination ever since. Today is sees more than 24 million visitors each year and is the chosen site of many events.
The John F. Kennedy Center is a performing arts center located along the Potomac River. It’s doors opened in 1971 and today it hosts theater, dance, ballet, symphony, jazz and popular music concerts and more.
Prospect Hill Cemetery is also referred to as the German Cemetery. It’s a historic German-American cemetery founded in 1858 and is the resting place of many of the National Mall’s early architects.
The Washington Monument is a national monument erected to honor President George Washington, the first American President. It’s the world’s tallest stone structure at 555.525 feet tall (169.2 meters). Construction began in 1848 and was prolonged until 1884 due to a lack of funds.
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