While the White House is the most famous of Washington, DC’s buildings, it is far from being the only spectacular sight that you must see on your travels. One of the most instantly recognizable monuments in the region is the beautiful Abraham Lincoln Memorial Statue. Housed under the cover of an ancient Greek-styled building (a powerful symbol of the democracy which Americans so adore) sits Honest Abe, the man who made slavery illegal across all of the United States. While Lincoln has become something of a mythic figure (in one popular movie depiction, he is shown to be a vampire hunter), his amazing contributions to American history and society cannot be understated.
The only American President who can challenge Abraham Lincoln in terms of historical significance and overall recognisability is General George Washington, DC, the very first United States commander-in-chief. While General Washington, DC has many things named after him (including the whole state!), the most instantly recognizable tribute is the aptly named Washington, DC Monument which is located in the National Mall, a three-kilometer-long, 309-acre national park which stretches from the steps of Capitol Hill, all the way to the Lincoln Memorial statue. Standing an impressive 555 tall, the Washington, DC Monument is the world’s tallest obelisk as well as the tallest stone (it’s made from a combination of granite, marble and bluestone gneiss) structure on Earth. Fun fact: when completed in 1877, the Monument was the tallest man-made structure, until France’s Eiffel Tower surpassed it in 1989.
There are a lot more memorials, monuments and statues in Washington, DC which are worth checking out, including the Iwo Jima, Vietnam Veterans, FDR and World War II Memorials. With so many worthwhile sights to see, it can be difficult to see them all in a single trip. In order to see as much as possible in a limited amount of time, you should consider taking the Memorials in Washington, DC Bus Tour where an experienced tour guide will take you to, and explain the significance of, the many different sights that you will see.