I’ve now been to Washington, DC, more than half a dozen times, and during one of those stints I lived in the city for three months for an internship. Every time I go, I remember why I love the city as much as I do. The history, the culture, the accessibility … I love just about everything about it.
But among all the monuments, memorials and noteworthy buildings, there is one in particular that remains my favorite. I visit it when I can just because I think it’s beautiful. That building is the Library of Congress.
You can take a tour of the Library of Congress at no charge, but you’re also welcome to wander the building yourself. Getting into the actual library itself is a different story altogether, but the part of the building that is open to the public is accessible and offers at least an hour of browsing and admiring the artwork on the walls and ceiling as well as temporary exhibits.