In the US capital focused main charactersdemocracy - the Capitol and the White House, and the Washington suburbs - is a complex of parks and dozens of sites of global importance. A stay in the main city in the state, therefore, feel the spirit of America, and to try to understand why this country consistently attracts the views and thoughts of millions.
This small town 10 kilometers from the capitalThe United States appeared in the XVII century and was founded by English colonists. There exist huge tobacco warehouses and the port on the Potomac River, which flows into the ocean, served as a transit point to send valuable products to the Old World.
Disgrace to the history of the Washington suburb of existence here was a huge slave market, providing labor plantation in New Orleans and Mississippi.
Historic district of Alexandria - a real museumin the open air. Old mansions interspersed here with its antique shops and the best restaurants are located in authentic buildings. Metro line connects the suburbs of Washington, and from the observation deck at the Lincoln Memorial Masonic National offers magnificent views of the US capital.
In one of the suburbs of Washington is locatedThe US Department of Defense, the Pentagon called. The building is in the form of a regular pentagon firmly holds the title of the largest office in the world, because its walls are about 26 thousand employees:
- Construction of the Pentagon was completed in 1943 and took only two years.
- The length of the perimeter of the pentagon is more than 1400 meters, and the total area of the five floors - 600 thousand meters.
- Pentagon corridors system is designed in such a way that even in the most remote place he can be reached in less than seven minutes.
- The building has its own metro station and a shopping arcade.
To presidents and astronauts
A popular tourist destination in the suburbsWashington - Arlington National Cemetery. Here rest many famous Americans, whose contribution to the development of the country proved to be worthy of a people's memory. They may be military and their family members, presidents and individuals with the most important US award.
At Arlington National Cemetery can bevisit the graves of DF Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline, composer Glenn Miller, some famous astronauts, including Charles Peter Conrad, a former third, who stepped onto the lunar surface.