Updated: Jun 30, 2018
An overabundance of free attractions creates value in our nation's capital.
in a little town in eastern El Salvador a statue has been built in honor of the first resident to make it to Washington D.C., way back in 1968. Since then, thousands have followed, both legally and illegally, forging a bond so close and so extensive that many of the folks here think what the North Americans call “the nation’s capital” could hardly function without workers from this sleepy, coastal town in El Salvador.
The streets are lined with houses in pristine condition, painted bright colors and built with remittances sent by workers in the United States, and long before El Salvador ditched its colón for the U.S. dollar in 2001, that was the common currency here.
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Even if you are outing on your own, a guide to D.C.'s attractions are important. "You want to get the History of the memorials, because you don't always get the explanation from looking at them.
After the Smithsonian institution, Visit These Museums
There are plenty of museum "musts" in D.C., including the 19 awesome Smithsonian venues. Among Rosenblum's musts: the Smithsonian Museum of American History, home to the Ruby Slippers from "The Wizard of Oz," baseball memorabilia and The Muppets' puppets; the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, where you'll find props from the "Transformers" movies and simulator rides; and the National Archives Museum, which features The Bill of Rights, The Constitution and The Declaration of Independence.
And don't forget that the National Zoo -– with its 2,000 animals, a quarter of which are endangered -– is part of the Smithsonian family, too, and therefore free to the public.
But don't stop there. The Capitol Tour always gets high marks, the International Spy Museum: It's not free but they found it "very engaging, interactive, and absolutely delightful, Madame Tussauds. "I know they have this in almost every city," she says, "but D.C.'s has a great display with wax figures of all the U.S presidents and first ladies, along with famous luminary and media personalities." The museum just brings to light a new wax figure of President Donald Trump.
And then there's the newest ticket in town: the brand new National Museum of African American History and Culture. "People can't get a ticket -– they're still waiting three or four months out. But planning is worth it. The museum, which opened in September2016 and is managed by the Smithsonian, houses tens of thousands of objects related to topics from segregation, civil rights and slavery to family, religion and community. Among the notables: items once owned by Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Louie Armstrong, James Brown and Muhammad Ali.
After Lincoln, Visit These Landmarks
Many memorials are also a must, of course, like the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument. The White House and the Department of the Treasury are right next door to each other. The 50-acre Constitution Gardens are framed by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Reflecting Pool.
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