2020欧洲杯客户端下载As we prepare for our DC Summer Academy Open House at The New York Times Washington Bureau this Sunday, March 3, we’re getting excited for the sunny days ahead in our nation’s capital. From monuments and historic landmarks to world-class museums and eclectic neighborhoods, Washington DC offers an abundance of fun summertime activities. If you’re joining the ranks of our inaugural class, add to your SoNYT experience with one or all of these activities.
Explore National Treasures at the Smithsonian Museums
The National Mall is home to 19 Smithsonian Museums and the world’s largest complex of museums and galleries. The best part? Open from daily 10am — 5:30pm, admission is FREE for all Smithsonian Museums.
Here are our must-see Museums:
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Discover the natural world around you and the history of our planet and our place in it at one of the most popular museums in the District.
National Archives Museum
You might say it’s the historian in us, but what better way to spend an afternoon than face to face with America’s founding documents — the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.
Seriously! How cool is that?!
Located on the upper level of the National Archives Museum, the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom is the permanent home of the original documents.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
2020欧洲杯客户端下载From slavery to emancipation and segregation to today, the National Museum of African American History & Culture’s 12 inaugural exhibitions focus on broad themes of history, culture and community.
2020欧洲杯客户端下载These exhibitions have been conceived to help transform visitors’ understanding of American history and culture and to help visitors adapt to and participate in changing definitions of American citizenship, liberty and equality.
2020欧洲杯客户端下载Without question, this is a transformative and life-changing opportunity you don’t want to miss during Summer Academy.
The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Home to the world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, the National Air and Space Museum is the most visited museum in the United States with more than eight million guests per year.
Tour the National Monuments & Memorials (Thanks to the U.S. Park Service!)
“In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”
Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States sits immortalized in marble as an enduring symbol of unity, strength, and wisdom.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
2020欧洲杯客户端下载With stunning life-sized structures, the Korean War Veterans Memorial commemorates the sacrifices of the 5.8 million Americans who served in the U.S. armed services during the three-year period of the Korean War.
World War II Memorial
2020欧洲杯客户端下载The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Nestled along the National Mall’s Tidal Basin and adjacent to the Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial honors the humanitarian’s legacy, impact, and struggle for freedom, equality, and justice.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Just across the Tidal Basin from MLK and facing directly in-line with the White House, the open-air rotunda enshrines a statute for America’s founding father Thomas Jefferson.
The Washington Monument
Visible from nearly every aerial and land point of view across the District, the Washington Monument honors our nation’s first president and the city’s namesake, George Washington.
For those not faint of heights, public tours are available daily from 9am — 5pm.
Monument for the Munchies
Ben’s Chili Bowl
You haven’t tasted DC until you’ve had Ben’s Chili Bowl. Presidents, celebrities, loyal foodies, and hungry tourists alike have all flocked to the city’s U-Street corridor to dine at this famous Washington landmark. Pro-tip: be sure to check out the murals on the restaurant’s exterior west-facing wall.
Fireworks on the National Mall
July 4th — Independence Day
Savor summer’s biggest holiday — the Fourth of July — with fireworks against the DC skyline of monuments, memorials and American history. Pro-tip: Crowds quickly fill-up on the National Mall so be sure to bring a blanket and some snacks and arrive early with a few friends.
Experience Politics in Action
A monument, a working office, and home of American government and legislative power.
U.S. Supreme Court
On almost every topic under the sun — from education to health care, civil rights to national defense, and freedom of assembly to individual property rights, the Supreme Court has and continues to significantly impact and shape American culture and the way we live.
While you can visit the Supreme Court courtroom as a visitor for lectures, you can also attend live oral arguments!