U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center, Washington D.C.

U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center, Washington D.C. (must see)

This memorial is dedicated to all those who have served and all those who are currently serving in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marines. The memorial was years in the planning stages and was finally dedicated in 1987 which coincided with the 212th birthday of the U.S. Navy.

Interestingly, the memorial was the dream of Pierre L’Enfant who served with General George Washington. President John Kennedy revived the plan and the naval memorial finally started to become a reality. It still took many years of dedicated fundraising and a final push by Admiral Arleigh Burke to bring the project to fruition.

One of the most touching tributes to sailors everywhere is The Lone Sailor, a piece of artwork done by Stanly Bleifeld. Artifacts from eight different U.S. Navy ships were included in the casting of the statue. The statue looks out over the Granite Sea which is a replica of Earth’s oceans. 26 bas-reliefs depict important events particular to the world’s navies. There are also famous sayings from naval personnel over the years which is a must see. Inside the Naval Heritage Center, there are rotating exhibits and a film featuring the Blue Angels.

The U.S. Navy Memorial is open 24 hours a day. The Naval Heritage Center is open Monday through Saturday in the summer from 9:30am to 5pm. It is closed Sundays and Mondays in the winter and also during Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year ’s Day.

Tip:
The majority of the Heritage Center is downstairs, underground via an entrance in a building behind the fountain memorial.
It's not a big center but it's well represented. An added bonus is that they have quiet and clean restrooms.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center
Sight Location: Washington D.C., USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Create Your Own Walk in Washington D.C.

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History Museums Tour

History Museums Tour

Washington D.C. is well-known for its world-class museums. The Smithsonian Institution, the largest museum complex in the world, maintains most of the official museums in Washington, D.C. and the entrance is free of charge. Explore some of the most outstanding ones by taking this walking tour.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 Km or 3.8 Miles
Historic Monuments and Memorials Walking Tour

Historic Monuments and Memorials Walking Tour

Washington D.C. is a city of historic memorials and monuments that commemorate key chapters in American history. They are dedicated to all the noteworthy generals, politicians, statesmen and artists who played a major role in shaping the American nation. This walking tour will offer you a glimpse into the history of the U.S.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Washington DC without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Washington D.C., that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Federal Buildings Walking Tour

Federal Buildings Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 Km or 3.9 Miles
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Washington D.C. offers a great nightlife. You can dance all night long in any of the clubs from its liveliest neighborhoods, playing rock, hip hop, punk, jazz, country, gospel or alternative music. Make sure not to miss such an exciting opportunity by checking out the tour below with the suggested music and dance clubs.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 Km or 4.1 Miles
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Art Galleries and Museums Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles

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