20+ Places to Get Presidential in the DMV

by Dulles Moms | January 21, 2021 12:30 am


By DullesMoms, Jan 2021


Get to know our country’s past presidents and the men and women that helped support them, check out these 20+ places in the DMV!

Please note, while many of these destinations aren’t accessible this week due to heightened security and road closures (Inauguration Week) — this is a great guide to keep handy when places begin to open back up.


1. Portraits, Presidents, and politics, oh my! Visit* the National Portrait Gallery for a picturesque peek at our leaders — past and present at their America’s Presidents[1] exhibit.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit this exciting exhibit online[2].


2. From policy advocate to trendsetter, and everything in between, this collection of our First Ladies’ contributions should not be missed at the National Museum of American History’s The First Ladies[3] exhibit*.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can take a sneak peek at it online[4].


3. Little did we know when construction began in 1914 that the Lincoln Memorial[5], a widely-recognized memorial dedicated to our nation’s 16th president — would be the most visited site on the National Mall! Before visiting, please check this destination’s website[6] to determine its operating status.


4. An ode to classical architecture, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial[7] features a grand rotunda and a bronze statue of this founding father and third President of the United States. Before visiting, please check this destination’s website[8] to determine its operating status.


5. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial[9] is filled with iconic quotes from one of our most prolific Presidents, our nation’s 32nd. Before visiting, please check this destination’s website[10] to determine its operating status.


6. Visit* President Lincoln’s Cottage[11] and immerse yourself in the space where the Great Emancipator, our nation’s 16th President, would craft decisions changing the course of our nation’s history.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit them online[12].


7. John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, is one of only two US Presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetery[13]*, the final resting place for more than 400,000 veterans and their families.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit them online[14].


8. At Mount Vernon[15], plan on spending the day at the estate of our country’s first present, George Washington.


9. If you’re looking to give your feet a rest from walking, the National Museum of American History has an online[16] Presidential exhibit that’ll still knock your socks off!


10. Ford’s Theatre Museum[17]* not only pays homage to the night of President Lincoln’s death, but also recalls the life and contributions of this American Presidential giant, our nation’s 16th.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit them online[18].


11. The National Archives gives you the chance to learn just what goes into creating a Presidential library. Take a virtual peek[19] at artifacts from such Presidents as Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan.


12. No visit to Washington, DC, would be complete without a trip to the Washington Monument[20], a towering monolith that honors our country’s first President, George Washington.

*While interior visits to the Washington Monument are temporarily suspended, you can still visit the monument’s grounds, as well as learn more about this landmark online[21].


13. Another stately and impressive tribute to our first President, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial[22], honors his commitment to the principles of Freemasons. Unfamiliar with the Freemasons? Click here[23] to learn more.


14. Visit the unique and serene Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac[24], a location where President Johnson, our nation’s 17th, often came to find refuge. Before visiting, please check this destination’s website[25] to determine its operating status.


15. Find Wilson Bay[26], the thoughtful and beautiful resting place of 28th President Woodrow Wilson, inside the magnificent Washington National Cathedral*.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit them online[27].


16. Theodore Roosevelt Island[28], an almost 90-acre island, is a national memorial located in the Potomac River. In memory of our nation’s 26th President, the island boasts a wide variety of walking trails, shoreline views of Washington, DC, and a memorial plaza featuring a statue of Roosevelt himself. Before visiting, please check this destination’s website [29]to determine its operating status.


17. All it takes is a click of your mouse to get better than a bird’s eye view[30] of the famous Mount Rushmore in all its glory. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt await your virtual visit[31]!


18. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts[32] was named in 1964 as a memorial to assassinated President John F. Kennedy, our nation’s 35th. While locals often visit for a wide variety of live performances, you’re invited to take a tour* of this special landmark.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit them online[33].


19. Aptly named, The National Museum of American History* boasts an ongoing Presidential exhibit, The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden[34].

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit them online[35].


20. Virginia’s Presidents Park, a now-defunct open-air museum, had more than forty-three 18- to 20-foot-tall Presidential busts, crowded together and taking the brunt of the weather. Learn more about what happened to them and where they are today with a quick read[36].


21. Take in stunning views of Washington, DC, from Lady Bird Johnson Park[37], named after our nation’s 17th First Lady, who earned a Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work to transform the American landscape and preserve its natural beauty as a national treasure. Situated on an island in the Potomac River[38], two memorials are located within the park, including Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac and the Navy and Marine Memorial. Before visiting, please check this destination’s website[39] to determine its operating status.


22. Visit* the National Archives Museum for an inspiring look at the original founding documents[40] of our nation, signed by two then-future Presidents, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit them online[41].


23. The US Capitol even boasts monuments dedicated to Presidents. When visiting*, look for the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, which honors our nation’s 18th President (located here[42]), and the James A. Garfield Monument, which honors our nation’s 20th President (located here[43]). To learn more about all the monuments on the Capitol campus, as well as accessibility due to security concerns, click here[44].


24. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial[45] honors the 34th President of the United States (who, during WWII, also held the title of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe). Set in a park-like plaza, visitors will see sculptures, moldings, and large columns that frame a mesh tapestry that depicts the site of the Normandy landings. Before visiting, please check this destination’s website[46] to determine its operating status.


Hero image By Martin Falbisoner – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0[47]


Important Disclaimer: This opportunity is curated from a public source and subject to changes and/or cancelations that might not be reflected above. Always call to confirm before participating.

Endnotes:
  1. America’s Presidents: https://americaspresidents.si.edu/
  2. online: https://americaspresidents.si.edu/
  3. The First Ladies: https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/first-ladies
  4. online: https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/first-ladies
  5. Lincoln Memorial: https://www.nps.gov/linc/index.htm
  6. website: https://www.nps.gov/linc/learn/historyculture/index.htm
  7. Thomas Jefferson Memorial: https://www.nps.gov/thje/index.htm
  8. website: https://www.nps.gov/thje/index.htm
  9. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial: https://www.nps.gov/frde/index.htm
  10. website: https://www.nps.gov/frde/index.htm
  11. President Lincoln’s Cottage: http://www.lincolncottage.org/
  12. online: https://www.lincolncottage.org/
  13. Arlington National Cemetery: https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore/Notable-Graves
  14. online: https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore/Notable-Graves
  15. Mount Vernon: http://www.mountvernon.org/
  16. online: http://americanhistory.si.edu/presidency/
  17. Ford’s Theatre Museum: http://www.fords.org/home/plan-your-visit/daytime-visits-fords-theatre/museum
  18. online: http://www.fords.org/home/plan-your-visit/daytime-visits-fords-theatre/museum
  19. a virtual peek: https://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/programs/exhibits.html
  20. Washington Monument: https://www.nps.gov/wamo/index.htm
  21. online: https://www.nps.gov/wamo/index.htm
  22. George Washington Masonic National Memorial: https://www.gwmemorial.org/
  23. here: https://www.history.com/news/freemasons-facts-symbols-handshake-meaning
  24. Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac: https://www.nps.gov/lyba/index.htm
  25. website: https://www.nps.gov/lyba/index.htm
  26. Wilson Bay: https://cathedral.org/what-to-see/exterior/wilson-bay/
  27. online: https://cathedral.org/what-to-see/exterior/wilson-bay/
  28. Theodore Roosevelt Island: https://www.nps.gov/this/index.htm
  29. website : https://www.nps.gov/this/index.htm
  30. bird’s eye view: http://www.earthcam.com/usa/southdakota/keystone/mountrushmore/index.php?content=poi
  31. virtual visit: http://www.earthcam.com/usa/southdakota/keystone/mountrushmore/index.php?content=poi
  32. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: https://www.kennedy-center.org/
  33. online: https://www.kennedy-center.org/
  34. The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden: http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/american-presidency
  35. online: http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/american-presidency
  36. quick read: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-43-decaying-president-heads-looks-180958129/?no-ist
  37. Lady Bird Johnson Park: https://www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/ladybirdjohnsonpark.htm
  38. Situated on an island in the Potomac River: https://goo.gl/maps/27oenAdawKjvWkJe7
  39. website: https://www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/ladybirdjohnsonpark.htm
  40. original founding documents: https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs
  41. online: https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs
  42. here: https://goo.gl/maps/Lmrn5r2VcgzRggUR8
  43. here: https://goo.gl/maps/VWEA17MiuqCZUtWi8
  44. here: https://www.aoc.gov/explore-capitol-campus/buildings-grounds
  45. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial: https://www.nps.gov/ddem/index.htm
  46. website: https://www.nps.gov/ddem/index.htm
  47. Hero image By Martin Falbisoner – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28359031

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