The U.S. Capitol, the Jefferson Memorial and Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument as well as the exquisite architecture and style of the Arlington Memorial Bridge and various U.S. Government buildings are beautifully presented in this short film. Viewing these iconic buildings by day or by night will leave you speechless.
Washington Monument in Fall
Take a stroll along Pennsylvania Avenue, the official route for parades and processions, that connects the White House and the U.S. Capitol and admire the historic old Willard Continental Hotel along the way, or the U.S. Department of the Treasury, completed in 1842 and known for its impressive east front colonade that runs the length of the building. Stop by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, one of the busiest performing arts centers in the country, to marvel at the size of the building with its multiple concert halls and gaze at the huge and unusual bust of JFK in the Grand Foyer.
Canadian Embassy and U.S. Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue
Pennsylvania Avenue Washington DC
The Smithsonian Institution alone consists of 19 museums and galleries, all with free access, many of which are located along The National Mall. A popular area of DC to visit for locals and visitors alike is the Washington Harbor on the Georgetown Waterfront where you can watch the boats on the Potomac and catch views of the Kennedy Center and the famous Watergate Hotel. Then explore Georgetown with its quaint old city streets, tons of boutique shops and great restaurants.
If you're interested in learning how the National Mall was designed and created, take a look at this video on our site - Washington DC National Mall.
If you haven't seen the Cherry Blossoms in DC, then it's a must for your someday trip list. Nothing can compare to the dazzling beauty of the hundreds of cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin in full bloom in early spring of each year. See what it's all about in our Cherry Blossom Tour video and article.
Cherry Blossoms Along The Tidal Basin
The U.S. Capitol Dome
Over The River
Puponic also takes us out of the District to scenes of Reagan National Airport, just a short distance over the Potomac River, where locals and visitors like to park their cars at Gravelly Point Park and enjoy the thrill of watching the planes landing or taking off right over their heads, so close you just can't believe it. It's a surprisingly fun thing to do and very quick and easy to get to right off the George Washington Memorail Parkway in Arlington, Virginia. Many visitors will come into Dulles International Airport in nearby Northern Virginia, and note the interesting structure of its main building that was way ahead of its time in design when it opened in 1962 in the middle of farm lands in Chantilly, Virginia.
Also, just outside the city, the waterfront resort of National Harbor in Maryland is a popular location for shops and restaurants by the Potomac, and it now boasts the brand new MGM National Harbor, a huge hotel, restaurant and casino.
Though the videographer isn't from the DC area, he beautifully documents the many famous monuments, buildings, bridges, avenues and much more in this incredible video. The calmness evoked by the tender music he has selected for this video makes Washingtonians like us take a moment to reflect on what an amazing city we live in and to remember not to take it for granted. It reminds us of why so many people travel here.
There is so much to see in Washington, DC, that the 19 things in this video are just a start. Take a look at this Official Tourism Site of Washington DC to begin planning your trip. To really see it, a week might provide a good look at all the wonderful sites.
Comments from the videographer, Puponic: To celebrate the final months of a place that's been home for three years, I have put together a timelapse of all my favorite moments and places captured in the DC metro area. These places and moments have kept me sane during my time here. I can honestly say, through all the frustrations with the city’s politics, you can truly find beauty in the architecture, history and culture of this great city.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Carl Zeiss 50mm 1.4f Planar T*, Leica 35mm 2.0f Summicron-R
Equipment: Tripod Only
Music: Ma Fleur - To Build a Home (featuring Patrick Watson)