Washington: Born Out of the Woods

WASHINGTON D.C., THE CA­PI­TAL CITY OF THE UNI­TED STA­TES OF AME­RI­CA, OFFERS VISITORS A WIDE RAN­GE OF TOURISM POSSIBILITIES THAT ENGULF CULTURAL, HISTORIC, NA­TU­RAL, ARCHITECTURAL AND GASTRONOMIC ELEMENTS

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Built on the banks of Po­to­mac Ri­ver over 200 years ago, the ca­pi­tal of the Uni­ted Sta­tes of Ame­ri­ca is a world-class city, a cen­ter of cul­tu­re and na­tu­re. The­re­fo­re, Washington D.C. is far mo­re than the seat of the exe­cu­ti­ve, le­gis­la­ti­ve and ju­di­cial po­wers at fe­de­ral le­vel.

The tra­vel in­dustry gains sig­ni­fi­can­ce in Washington. The Whi­te Hou­se is un­doub­tedly the most ico­nic and sought-af­ter pla­ce of all, lo­ca­ted on Pennsylvania Ave­nue, whe­re peo­ple can see Ca­pi­tol Hill, just across that wide and crow­ded street, which is al­so a highly co­ve­ted and pho­to­grap­hed land­mark. But, be­yond the Whi­te Hou­se and the Ca­pi­tol, all vi­sits to Washington D.C. are com­ple­men­ted by can't-miss stops in historic and cultural si­tes, such as the Lin­coln Me­mo­rial, the Geor­ge Washington Mo­nu­ment and Chi­na­town

Los mu­seos smith­so­nia­nos

El cen­tro de Washington D.C. es­tá do­mi­na­do por el edi­fi­cio del Ins­ti­tu­to Smith­so­niano, co­no­ci­do co­mún­men­te co­mo “El Cas­ti­llo”. Es­te pun­to de in­for­ma­ción fun­da­men­tal cons­ti­tu­ye un lu­gar per­fec­to de reunión.

Mu­chos de los mu­seos es­tán si­tua­dos en el Na­tio­nal Mall, con fá­cil ac­ce­so en­tre ellos a tra­vés del me­tro. De he­cho, el Ins­ti­tu­to Smith­so­niano cuen­ta con su pro­pia pa­ra­da de me­tro en las lí­neas Na­ran­ja y Azul.

El con­jun­to de los cen­tros del Ins­ti­tu­to Smith­so­niano cons­ti­tu­ye un au­tén­ti­co te­so­ro cultural pa­ra cual­quier vi­si­tan­te.

El Mu­seo Na­cio­nal del Ai­re y el Es­pa­cio y el Mu­seo Na­cio­nal de His­to­ria Na­tu­ral son, sin lu­gar a du­das, dos de los cen­tros cul­tu­ra­les de ma­yor con­cu­rren­cia en la ciu­dad. El Mu­seo de His­to­ria Ame­ri­ca­na, con su gran va­rie­dad de ob­je­tos y do­cu­men­tos de la he­ren­cia cultural es­ta­dou­ni­den­se, ga­ran­ti­za un via­je por los prin­ci­pa­les acon­te­ci­mien­tos his­tó­ri­cos de la na­ción nor­te­ame­ri­ca­na.

¿Y qué le pa­re­ce­ría vi­si­tar un re­cin­to de­di­ca­do en­te­ra­men­te a la his­to­ria del es­pio­na­je y su pa­pel en el mun­do con­tem­po­rá­neo? Pues pa­ra quie­nes es­ta pre­gun­ta sus­ci­te cu­rio­si­dad, Washington cuen­ta con el Mu­seo del Es­pio­na­je In­ter­na­cio­nal, una en­ti­dad pri­va­da de 1 900 m2, ubi­ca­da en el ba­rrio de Penn Quar­ter, con una mues­tra per­ma­nen­te de más de 750 ob­je­tos, ade­más de ex­po­si­cio­nes fo­to­grá­fi­cas, pan­ta­llas in­ter­ac­ti­vas y pro­yec­ción de vi­deos.

Pa­ra quie­nes pre­fie­ren el tu­ris­mo cultural, la Ga­le­ría Sac­kler con­tie­ne mues­tras de ar­te orien­tal. El Mu­seo y Jar­dín de Es­cul­tu­ras Hirsh­horn re­ver­be­ra las men­tes más crea­ti­vas, mien­tras que la Ga­le­ría Ren­wick, re­cien­te­men­te re­no­va­da y si­tua­da a so­lo unos pa­sos de la Ca­sa Blan­ca, re­ve­la lo me­jor del ar­te con­tem­po­rá­neo. El Mu­seo de Ar­te Afri­cano in­clu­ye ar­te tra­di­cio­nal y con­tem­po­rá­neo de to­do el con­ti­nen­te ne­gro, así co­mo una co­lec­ción de más de 500 re­li­quias afri­ca­nas.

H Street

Res­tau­ran­tes, even­tos, tien­das, ba­res, ar­te y mu­cho más de­pa­ra H Street. Aun­que el ba­rrio ha si­do co­no­ci­do tra­di­cio­nal­men­te por su vida noc­tur­na, en la ac­tua­li­dad se pue­den ha­cer mu­chas co­sas du­ran­te el día.

La gas­tro­no­mía de la ciu­dad, tan cos­mo­po­li­ta co­mo ca­si to­das las gran­des ur­bes nor­te­ame­ri­ca­nas, es uno de los atrac­ti­vos prin­ci­pa­les de H Street. Mi­cho's Le­ba­ne­se -the lat­ter is fa­mous for its ex­ten­sion and the amount of bu­si­ness es­ta­blish­ments.

Ho­we­ver, the blend of cultural and na­tu­ral allu­res is the na­me of the game in Washington.

Sin­ce it was con­cei­ved as a city in the heart of a hu­ge fo­rest, in the lands yiel­ded by the neigh­bo­ring sta­tes of Mary­land and Vir­gi­nia to build the ca­pi­tal af­ter the 1776 in­de­pen­den­ce, the city har­bors se­ve­ral areas to en­joy bird­wat­ching and feast eyes on na­tu­ral parks, such as Ana­cos­tia, the Na­tio­nal Ar­bo­re­tum, Rock Creek Park, the Smith­so­nian Na­tio­nal Zoo, the Theo­do­re Roo­se­velt Is­land and the Che­sa­pea­ke Ca­nal.

The Smith­so­nian Mu­seums

The co­re of Washington D.C. is do­mi­na­ted by the Smith­so­nian Ins­ti­tu­te, com­monly known as “The Castle.” This in­for­ma­tion spot is the per­fect mee­ting ground of choi­ce.

Se­ve­ral mu­seums are nestled in the Na­tio­nal Mall, with easy ac­cess by the sub­way. In fact, the Smith­so­nian Ins­ti­tu­te has its own sub­way sta­tion in Oran­ge and Blue li­nes.

The group of cen­ters com­pri­sed by the Smith­so­nian Ins­ti­tu­te ac­counts for an aut­hen­tic cultural trea­su­re for any vi­si­tor.

The Na­tio­nal Air and Spa­ce Mu­seum and the Na­tio­nal Mu­seum of Na­tu­ral His­tory are no doubt two of the most

Grill (co­mi­da li­ba­ne­sa y ára­be en ge­ne­ral); Ben's Chi­li Bowl, fa­mo­so por sus de­li­cio­sas ham­bur­gue­sas, así co­mo Boun­dary Road y Re­dRocks, per­mi­ten cu­brir una am­plia ga­ma de gus­tos y pre­fe­ren­cias cu­li­na­rias. Otra su­ge­ren­cia ca­si obli­ga­da es la vi­si­ta a res­tau­ran­tes co­mo Et­hio­pic, To­ki Un­der­ground y Sticky Ri­ce.

Aun­que ale­ja­da de las ofer­tas tu­rís­ti­cas y la de­rra­ma eco­nó­mi­ca que ex­hi­ben ciu­da­des co­mo Nueva York, Los Án­ge­les, Mia­mi y Chica­go, la ca­pi­tal de la unión nor­te­ame­ri­ca­na aco­ge un tu­ris­mo más so­se­ga­do y cultural que bien me­re­ce una pa­ra­da. vi­si­ted cultural cen­ters in town. The Mu­seum of Ame­ri­can His­tory, with its wide array of ob­jects and do­cu­ments on the Ame­ri­can cultural he­ri­ta­ge, gua­ran­tees a jour­ney in ti­me th­rough the main historic events of the Ame­ri­can na­tion.

How about vi­si­ting a buil­ding de­di­ca­ted to the his­tory of es­pio­na­ge and the ro­le it has pla­yed in the con­tem­po­rary world? Well, Washington is ho­me to the In­ter­na­tio­nal Spy Mu­seum, a 1,900-squa­re-me­ter pri­va­te en­tity in the Penn Quar­ter neigh­bor­hood, with a per­ma­nent ex­hi­bit ma­de up of over 750 ob­jects, plus pho­to­grap­hic ex­hi­bi­tions, in­ter­ac­ti­ve screens and vi­deo scree­nings.

As for ent­hu­siasts of cultural tourism, the Sac­kler Ga­llery show­ca­ses dis­plays of eas­tern art. The Hirsh­horn Scul­ptu­res Mu­seum and Gar­den at­tracts the most crea­ti­ve minds, whi­le the re­cently-re­no­va­ted Ren­wick Ga­llery, just a few steps away from the Whi­te Hou­se, re­veals the very best of con­tem­po­rary art. The Mu­seum of Afri­can Art in­clu­des tra­di­tio­nal and con­tem­po­rary art from the en­ti­re black con­ti­nent, as well as a co­llec­tion of over 500 Afri­can re­lics.

H Street

Res­tau­rants, events, sto­res, bars, art and much mo­re are clus­te­red around H Street. Alt­hough the neigh­bor­hood has been tra­di­tio­nally known for its nightli­fe, many things can be done in broad day­light.

The gas­tro­nomy of the city, as cos­mo­po­li­tan as al­most all U.S. ci­ties, is one of the main ap­peals of H Street. Mi­cho's Le­ba­ne­se Grill (Le­ba­ne­se and Arab food); Ben's Chi­li Bowl, fa­mous for its de­li­cious ham­bur­gers, as well as Boun­dary Road and Re­dRocks, co­ver a sig­ni­fi­cant ran­ge of cu­li­nary pre­fe­ren­ces. Res­tau­rants li­ke Et­hio­pic, To­ki Un­der­ground and Sticky Ri­ce are al­most a must-go vi­sit.

Alt­hough it is a far cry from what ci­ties li­ke New York, Los Angeles, Mia­mi and Chica­go ha­ve to of­fer as tra­vel des­ti­na­tions, the ca­pi­tal of the Ame­ri­can union wel­co­mes a quie­ter and mo­re cultural-orien­ted tourism worth a try.

Lo­gan Cir­cle.

Fren­te del Lin­coln Me­mo­rial. / In front of the Lin­coln Me­mo­rial.

Mo­nu­men­to Geor­ge Washington. / The Washington Mo­nu­ment.

Ar­co de la Amis­tad en el Ba­rrio Chino de Washington. / Friends­hip Arch in Chi­na­town DC.

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