Washington Monument Post 9/11 view of the Washington Monument. The board fence extends around it's diameter.

The District of Columbia (D.C. for short), the capitol of the United States of America, is a place that should be visited at least once. The plannification of the city, it's history, and the sites give one a feel as to what the founding fathers envisioned the United States to be.

On a visit to Washington D.C. who could pass up the chance to see the The Museum of Natural History, the Senate in the Capitol or Arlington Cemetery? There are so many other sites to visit within the D.C. area but these are places I found most memorable.

Hope DiamondThe Hope Diamond on display in the Museum of Natural History.

The Museum of Natural History is truly a treasure trove. Unless visitors arrive early, it's nearly impossible to see the entire museum in one day. Attractions within the museum that are always popular are the dinosaur exhibit, and the infamous Hope Diamond.

Rotunda ceilingThe ceiling of the rotunda is an al fresco painting. This is the inside of the Capitol building dome.

One of the many services done by Senate reprsentatives for their constituents is to offer tours of the Senate. The tour of the Senate while informative of the country's history, is also breathtaking. The rotunda is one of the most impressive sights on tour.

View of Arlington Cemetery entranceRobert E. Lee's former house can be seen sitting atop the hill in the distance.

Arlington National Cemetery has an interesting past. The land used belong to Robert E. Labelled as a traitor his lands were confiscated by the government. These lands are now known as Arlignton cemetery, and yet, Robert E. Lee's house still stands and is usually open for tours.

Visitors to D.C. should become acquainted with the public transportation as driving in the heart of D.C. ranges from nearly to completely impossible. Parking is also in high demand, so if you do drive, don't expect to find parking easily.