Washington D.C. is not only the Capitol of the United States; it’s also the home of The National Park Service. Each year, millions of people visit and enjoy the National Mall and Memorial Parks with over 65 other attractions scattered around and within the District of Columbia.
- The National Mall and Memorial Parks
- Lincoln Memorial
- Washington Monument
- Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- The Capitol Building
- The White House (President’s Park)
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial
- Ford’s Theater National Historic Site and Peterson House
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
- Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial
- National World War II Memorial
- Korean War Veterans Memorial
- United States Botanical Gardens
- Old Post Office Tower
- National Archives Building
- African Civil War National Memorial
- George Washington Memorial Parkway
- Rock Creek Park, Smithsonian Institution - National Museum Of Natural History
- The National Air and Space Museum
- National Museum Of American History
- Arthur M. Sackler (Asian) Gallery
- Freer Gallery Of Art
- National Museum Of The American Indian
- National Gallery Of Art
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens
- National Zoological Park
- Arlington National Cemetery
- The Marine Corp Memorial
- National Cathedral
- Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove On The Potomac
- Theodore Roosevelt Island Memorial
- Clara Barton National Historic Site
- Carter Woodson Home National Historic Site
- Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
- Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
- The Old Stone House
- Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
- National Historic Park
- Constitution Gardens and the US National Arboretum.
REVIEW: The Midwest Book Review
Part of the high-definition "Discoveries America National Parks" video essay series (each of which is available in both DVD and Blu-ray), Discoveries America National Parks: Washington D.C. is a beautiful tour of dozens of notable locations in America's capitol city.
Locations surveyed include the Theodore Roosevelt Island Memorial, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site to the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, multiple departments of the Smithsonian Institution, and much more. Striking footage and educational narration make Discoveries... America National Parks: Washington D.C. especially appealing to public and school library DVD collections as well as armchair travelers! 50 min.
The Washington, D.C., area draws millions of visitors annually. This well-organized program, from the ongoing Discoveries . . . America National Parks series, samples famous sites that are part of the National Park Service, with voice-over narration adding architectural information, historical facts, and other tidbits. The tour begins with the Capitol Building before moving on to the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
Tributes to WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans are also visited, as are the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and National Archives Building. The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia, is also featured. Although not intended as in-depth coverage, this is a good introduction to more than 65 attractions in and around the D.C. area. Another new series title is San Francisco Bay Area National Parks.
REVIEW: Video Librarian
The latest entry in filmmakers Jim and Kelly Watt’s high-def filmed Discoveries…America National Parks series explores the many monuments and other points-of-interest in Washington, D.C., beginning at the National Mall, which is surrounded by memorials and offers a grand view of the U.S. Capitol building. Viewers get close-up looks at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial (with its various fountains of increasingly complex design), and the relatively new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, featuring a breathtaking marble sculpture of King emerging from a mountaintop.
The program also visits Ford’s Theatre, which has many displays concerning the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and takes a peek at other Lincoln-esque exhibits. Memorial tributes to America’s various wars are also included here, as are glimpses inside the Clara Barton and Frederick Douglass National Historic Sites. And a fair amount of time is spent at the Smithsonian Institution, with its departments dedicated to the American Indian, space and science, Asian art, and so much else. A most welcome addition to travel collections, this is highly recommended. Aud: P. (T. Keogh)