(Photo Courtesy: Volkan Yuksel, Panoramio)
The Air Force Memorial, honoring the millions of men and women who have served in the United States Air Force. The design of the Air Force Memorial symbolizes flight and the flying spirit with three stainless steel spires that soar 270 feet high and represent contrails of the Air Force Thunderbirds as they disperse in a “bomb burst” maneuver.
Location: One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA. The memorial is located off of Columbia Pike near VA-244. The Pentagon Metro station is within walking distance of the memorial.
(Photo Courtesy: Ron Cogswell, Flickr)
Botanic Garden has approximately 4,000 seasonal, tropical and subtropical plants. The U.S. Botanic Garden is administered by the Architect of the Capitol and offers special exhibits and educational programs throughout the year. The National Garden includes a First Ladies’ water garden, an extensive rose garden, a butterfly garden, and a display of a variety of regional trees, shrubs and perennials.
Location: The U.S. Botanic Garden is located across from the U.S. Capitol Building along First St. SW, between Maryland Ave. and C St. Bartholdi Park sits behind the Conservatory and is accessible from Independence Ave., Washington Ave. or First St. The closest Metro station is Federal Center SW
Watch real money being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC! This is a fun tour for all ages. You will see how U. S. paper currency is printed, stacked, cut and examined for defects. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing also prints White House invitations, Treasury securities, identification cards, naturalization certificates, and other special security documents.
Location: 14th and C Streets, SW, Washington, DC. (202) 874-2330 and (866) 874-2330 (toll-free)
Hours: Tours last about 30 minutes and are offered every 15 minutes, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The facility is closed on weekends, federal holidays and the week between Christmas and New Years. From April through August hours are extended from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Read more »