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Dedicated on May 29, 2004, the World War II Memorial is the first national memorial to honor “Americans who took up the struggle during the Second World War and made the sacrifices to perpetuate the gift our forefathers entrusted to us: A nation conceived in liberty and justice,” as the announcement stone proclaims. The design by architect Friedrich St. Florian marks the Pacific and European Theaters of World War II with magnificent arches and remembers the 400,000 Americans who died with 4,000 stars along the Freedom Wall. It is located on the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
In close proximity to the celebrated National Mall, lies the West Potomac Park. It is a prominent U.S. National Park that features important memorials like the Korean War Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial and so forth. Apart from that, you can also enjoy views of the Tidal Basin or take a stroll along the splendid Constitution Gardens. Every year, this park hosts Cherry Blossom Festival that is well-attended.
If you're looking for something to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon, head to the Tidal Basin. Set in picturesque and scenic surroundings, its truly a visual treat. Located between the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, it covers a vast area of 107 acres. Tidal Basin is also utilized as a means for flushing the Washington Channel. It is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Farragut Square is the epicenter of corporate Washington DC, so don't be surprised to see lots of serious-looking people walking about. The square though, is filled with an upbeat ambiance where picnickers can enjoy the sounds of street musicians in summer. On Thursdays in the summer months, the square hosts free jazz at lunchtime. A statue of Civil War Admiral David Farragut stands in the middle of the square, spyglass in hand. Farragut coined the phrase “Full speed ahead!” during the 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama.
The George Washington Memorial Parkway, a stretch of highway known as the "GW Parkway" by motorists, is one of the few highways in the country maintained by the National Park Service. Built in 1930 as a gateway to the nation's capitol, the parkway has many historic and outdoor sites to see along its Northern Virginia route. Some attractions and sites along this historic route include The Arlington Memorial Bridge, Arlington House, Potomac Heritage Trail, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Clara Barton National Historic Site, and Mount Vernon Trail. The parkway is a great way to learn the history of the area in your own car!
To cool down and relax, especially during DC's muggy summers, head to this riverside park. A favorite among locals, Hains Point is a peninsula of land jutting out into the confluence of the Potomac River and the Washington Channel. Let the cross breezes revitalize you as you stroll along the river, picnic or take the kids to the playground. Best of all, kids love climbing "The Awakening"—a huge statue of a man seemingly climbing up out of the ground.