Top 5 Sights in Washington D.C.
Is your next travel nursing assignment taking you to Washington D.C.? Relocating to a city that you haven’t visited before for work-related reasons can be overwhelming; but if you’re in D.C., you can have all the fun of being a “tourist” in your new city while getting a great education about our country’s foundation. Best of all, the majority of the sights are free to tour! Here are a few sights you can’t miss.
Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool
The Lincoln Memorial is the most-visited site in D.C. with over 6 million visitors annually. The historic site, modeled after the Parthenon in Greece, is replete with intricate architecture and symbolism. Engraved into the walls of this memorial are two of Lincoln’s most famous speeches: the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address. The memorial is truly a sight to behold, and can be toured around-the-clock, although park rangers are only available to answer questions from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm. The iconic Reflecting Pool is one of the city’s most recognized sites, and is part of the memorial.
The White House
The White House is a top sight for first-time visitors to D.C. The White House has been the home to each President of the United States following George Washington, who was the only president to never reside there. The landmark rests in a national park, and can be toured inside and out. Public tour requests must be submitted through your Member of Congress. These self-guided tours are generally available Tuesday through Saturday. It is recommended to make your reservation at least 21 days in advance; however, you can explore the exterior of the White House at any time.
Just a short walk away from the White House is the Washington Monument. Construction began in 1848 to honor our nation’s first President of the United States, George Washington. It stands at just over 555 feet and is the tallest stone structure and obelisk in the world.
National World War II Memorial
In 1939, German forces invaded Poland and marked the beginning of the Second World War. The War lasted until 1945 and involved the majority of the world’s greatest nations. It was the deadliest conflict in human history, with approximately 85 million fatalities worldwide. The National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. honors the millions of Americans involved in the conflict, from the 16 million who served in the armed forces, to the over 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort.
The U.S. Capitol is the home of the United States Congress. It is known for its architecture — the iconic dome, its rotunda, and its wings at either side. Inside, you will find paintings, frescos, and sculptures that tell tales of our nation’s past. The Capitol’s interior is free to tour starting at the visitor center, which is open Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have time, you can reserve free passes to watch Congress in session.
There are many things that a traveling nursing assignment can offer you aside from the job itself. There are opportunities to relocate to cities that are full of culture and history like Washington D.C. that will add to your work and life experiences. Visit Ardor Health Solutions and find out how to find your next healthcare travel assignment.