Every American should visit Washington, D.C. at least once to gain a greater appreciation of the country’s historical struggles and triumphs. But visitors often have trouble deciding exactly which spots to visit in D.C., since there’s too much to pack into one trip! Haymarket Transportation has assembled thoughtfully curated itineraries for your consideration, including our Presidential Tour. Here are just a few of the sites you’ll visit with this premier Washington, D.C. tour package.
Iwo Jima Memorial
This memorial is officially called the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, but most people just refer to it as the Iwo Jima Memorial. It captures the iconic image of the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi. This image was originally captured by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal. The historic flag-raising was actually the second such flag-raising on Mt. Suribachi. The first flag was much smaller, and it was captured on film by a different photographer. Six different Marines raised a second, much larger flag—the subject of Rosenthal’s picture and the memorial. After the flag-raising, fighting on Iwo Jima continued for another month.
World War II Memorial
Sixteen million members of the U.S. Armed Forces served during World War II, 405,399 of them gave their lives, and countless civilians supported the war effort. They are all honored at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. It’s hard not to be awe-struck as you enter the grounds of the memorial. The entrance is flanked by 24 bas-relief panels, which tell the story of WWII. Take a moment to reflect at the gold star wall, and check the computerized database for the names of your own family members who may have served during the war.
The National Archives Building and Museum is another sight you’ll see on the Presidential Tour. The National Archives is responsible for preserving the official records of the government. It also preserves historic military service records. And of course, the Rotunda is home to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.
You can also design your own customized tour of Washington, D.C. Our friendly employees will be happy to offer suggestions to help you plan an inspiring guided tour of D.C. Call Haymarket Transportation at 301-778-2007 for more details.