The National Mall is a breathtaking experience for Washington DC tours. Visitors love the familiarity of the memorials they’ve seen on film, television, and other pop culture images. But they are overwhelmed by the magnificence in person, the rich detail, and the components they find a surprise.
The most recognized of the war memorials is the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial. The haunting black wall is its most familiar feature, but you’ll find nearby figures of Vietnam soldiers and the Women of Vietnam representing other aspects of the memorial. The Korean War Memorial also has a long wall, this one representing many military jobs – not just those in combat. Its soldiers are larger-than-life and a beautiful part as well.
The World War II Memorial is a circular attraction, comprised of pillars, a beautiful fountain, and decorative wreaths. The Freedom Wall is covered in gold stars to represent thousands of American lives lost in the war. A beautiful inscription details the significance of the memorial as well.
The presidential memorials are a beautiful part of DC as well. The National Mall was specifically designed to house tributes to beloved Americans, war heroes, and prominent figures. The Washington Monument stands at the center, an obelisk pillar and the tallest structure in the Capital. The Lincoln Memorial is a favorite, always inspiring a sense of hushed reflection as Lincoln’s own famous words are inscribed around the figure of the beloved President. The Jefferson Memorial is similarly designed in the style of a Greek temple and also displays the President’s words.
The FDR Memorial sits on the banks of the Potomac Tidal Basin (as does the Jefferson Memorial). It features one room for each of Franklin Roosevelt’s four terms in office. You’ll find the figure of a 1930s breadline, Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms inscribed within, and beautiful fountains to add to the inspiring atmosphere.
There are so many details in each memorial, you’ll want to take your time while visiting and perhaps even do so with the aid of a professional guide. An Illuminations Tour is also a beautiful way to take in DC’s memorials as they are all brilliantly lit after dark. The 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon is included in this display and another must-see memorial on your tour. Its unique design tells the story of each and every victim in the Pentagon that day and on the plane that crashed.
The monuments and memorials make an inspiring addition to any DC tour.