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3 Compelling Reasons to Visit the National Gallery of Art in Washington

3 Compelling Reasons to Visit the National Gallery of Art in Washington

There are various reasons to visit the National Gallery of Art in Washington, its collection of paintings, prints, photos, sculpture, and decorative arts traces the development of Western Art from the Middle Ages up to the present. This includes the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas and the largest mobile created by Alexander Calder. Download the National Gallery of Art in Washington Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1. Ginevra de’ Benci

The portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci is the only Leonardo da Vinci painting on public display not just in the District, but in all the Americas. The late 15th-century oil is more austere than da Vinci’s best-known portrait, made about 25 years later. There’s no hint of a smile on the face of this young woman, probably 16 and newly engaged when she posed.

2. Electronic Superhighway

Approach the tiny screen that represents the District in “Electronic Superhighway,” and you’ll see yourself live on closed-circuit TV. That’s one of many playful touches in Nam June Paik’s 40-foot-wide assemblage, which represents the United States in images fed from 50 DVD players to 335 television sets, plus that D.C. one. The screens show sweeping landscapes, iconic products and clips from Hollywood movies, all hurtling by as if glimpsed from a car racing at the speed limit.

3. Adams Memorial

There are works by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in the Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Art (the plaster version of his famous memorial to Robert Gould Shaw), but one of the most evocative of his statues isn’t in a museum, but rather in Rock Creek Cemetery. Commissioned by the great American writer Henry Adams, the Adams Memorial is a haunting, shrouded figure, set alone in a peaceful copse, a powerful memorial to Adams’s wife, who died by her own hand in 1885.

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The Ultimate American Experience in Washington DC!

The Ultimate American Experience in Washington DC!

Washington DC will surely share to you the best experience in monuments, museums local music and so much more! Washington DC is situated on the east coast of the USA along the banks of the Potomac River. The city has an area of just under 70 square miles. Washington was founded as the nation's capital in 1791 as soon as you land here you get a sense of the power history metropolis, that represents most visitors the start at the national mall to mild green strip off and referred to as the nation's front lawn.

Visit Washinton DC a monumental city
Visit Washinton DC a monumental city

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Begin your tour of the mall at the zero milestones, the proposed reference point for distances on all US maps. To the north you'll see America's most famous residents the White House, and to the South stands the Washington Monument rising 555 feet as marble obelisk is the centerpiece of the nation.

All the US Capitol building on top of Capitol Hill is the nation seed of federal government rest a while by the reflecting pool surrounded by America's most iconic tributes to its heroes and founding fathers.

Abraham Lincoln majestic monument in Washington DC
Abraham Lincoln majestic monument in Washington DC

It's easy to let your mind wander back through the various chapters of America's history nestled in the trees is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial grave in its walls are the names of tens of thousands of soldiers who lost their lives in the battlefields of Vietnam. The nearby Lincoln memorial is where Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous “I have a dream” speech.

The mall is also a home to many of the nation's Smithsonian building. To learn more about this interesting collection of museum galleries, stop at the information center in the Smithsonian Institution building called the castle. Surely, you will enjoy the Smithsonian national air and space museum where you can let your imagination fly high on historic airplanes or spacecraft that can create your own headlines at the museum and interactive museum dedicated to the world of news media and the Botanic Garden of the Capitol building that offers an escape monuments or museums.

But the mall is not the only attraction in DC to explore the many attractions outside of the mall. The convenient capital Bike share system is available all over the city. In picture-perfect downtown neighborhoods such as Dupont circle, browse bookstores by day and try the cafes by night.

Another charming central suburb is Foggy Bottom, named after the fog that rises from the Potomac River. Here you'll find the Watergate Hotel and the Kennedy Center past Washington circle to get to Georgetown with its 18th century buildings.

It is the oldest district in DC and today, university students in a lively atmosphere Wisconsin Avenue & M Street offer many boutique stores and galleries.

Another family favorite is the International Spy Museum, a play undercover agent in an interactive game. Just across the river in neighboring Virginia is the Nation's most hallowed ground, Arlington National Cemetery, wander among rows of tombstones dedicated to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country- President John F. Kennedy's final resting place marked by an eternal flame is one of the most visited graves from Arlington House.

You can look back over DC and its surrounding. Washington has a lot more to walk in the political buildings stately monuments that is so famous and no matter how often you've seen these landmarks news or in movies nothing beats the real thing.

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