Direct Energy loves all our customers across our wide service area, so we decided to take a gander at many of the places where you live! With each stop in our Exploring Three Top Attractions in Your City series, we’ll highlight some of the best things to do and see in many of the major locales we provide service. It’s a way for us to get to know your city and inform anyone else who may be interested in visiting.
In this series, we move to our nation’s capital – Washington, D.C. Technically a federal district rather than a state, Washington, D.C. was created by land donated from both the states of Maryland and Virginia. While the District of Columbia is most notably known for the White House, Capitol Hill, and memorials galore, it is also home to many other types of attractions – including some of the best museums in the country. With so much to see, I had a hard time determining only three top attractions in Washington D.C.
1) National Gallery of Art
Whether you are an art enthusiast or a novice, you’ll enjoy the priceless works of art displayed throughout the National Gallery of Art. With over 140,000 works of art ranging from paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures and more, there is plenty to see within the two buildings that make up this museum. Visitors can view significant works of art dating from the Renaissance through the present day, with artists represented from around the world.
If you have time, plan a tour around the National Gallery Sculpture Garden. Six acres of beautifully designed gardens feature sculptures from the Gallery’s growing collection as well as temporary exhibits.
2) The Smithsonian
The Smithsonian is a world-renowned museum – in fact, it’s the largest museum in the world, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Eleven of the 19 museums and galleries are located on the National Mall.
Some of the bigger (and more popular) complexes include the Natural History Museum, Air and Space Museum, and American Art Museum. And one of the best features for the Smithsonian museums is that admission is FREE for just about all of them.
3) National Mall
With there being countless monuments and memorials, the National Mall is the perfect place to visit to get the most out of your activity. Nicknamed “America’s Front Yard”, the National Mall is a place that honors American history as well as those who sacrificed their lives for our country. It stretches between the U.S. Capitol Building and the Washington Monument, featuring many of the museums within the Smithsonian Institution, the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Reflecting Pool and plenty of other sights to see.
In fact, there’s so much to do here, it’s almost cheating to suggest that a visit to the National Mall is just ONE of the top attractions in the city.
In our last installment of the Exploring Three Top Attractions in Your City series, we’ll visit British Columbia in Canada!