Washington, DC, U.S.A.

  • Young Suh Kim
    Professor of Physics Emeritus, University of Maryland
    College Park, Maryland 20772, USA

  • In 1962, I came to the Washington area and I lived here since then. I joined the physics faculty of the University of Maryland as an assistant professor of physics and became promoted to associate and full professors. In 2007, I retired from teaching duties and became an emeritus professor. I still maintain my office at the University and publish my books and articles with the University address.


  • Click here for my page for the University of Maryland.

    In this area, in 1963, I married a girl I met during my freshman year, and we had one son. We sent him to Princeton for his undergraduate study. He then went to Harvard for his graduate study, and he is a Harvard PhD. He married a medical doctor. I now have one grandson and one granddaughter.

    I can now brag about myself as a Washingtonian. What is so great about Washington? Do you know where the capital city of the United States?


  • The Library of Congress is about 300 meters east of the Capitol. If you write a book, you have get a serial number from this library.
    1. In 1900, the Library looked like this. This main structure is called the "Thomas Jefferson Library." Presumably this photo was taken from the Capitol dome.
    2. The Jefferson Library seen from the sky.
    3. The entrance to the Jefferson Library seen from the Capitol ground.
    4. The Great Hall is at the center of this building.
    5. The James Madison Building is one of the additional buildings. They had to add these new buildings to store the book you will write in the future.

  • You can then walk to the Capitol building, and see how Americans manage their democracy. From there you can see the National Mall and the Washington Monument. On the right side (north) the Monument is the White House. On the left (south) is the Jefferson Memorial.

  • On the other side of the Monument of the Lincoln Memorial. You are now ready to make a systematic tour.

Capitol Hill, National Mall


White House and its Vicinity

  • Map of the White House and its Vicinity.

  • White House seen from the Lafayette Park (north).
    1. White House seen from the Ellipse (south).
    2. The West Wing of the White House, where the president meets reporters.
    3. White House seen from the the Washington Monument ground.
    4. White House Christmas Tree.
    5. More White House Photos.
  • Blair House facing the White House, where kings and presidents stay when they are invited by the president.
  • Eisenhower Executive Building (photo from the public domain), seen from the 17th Street west of the White House.



  • Lafayette Park in front of the White House. Andrew Jackson's statue, White House, and Washington Monument are seen. Jackson was the 7th president of the United States (1829-37). The United States experienced a great territorial expansion during his presidency. Jackson was the founder of the political party known today as the "Democratic Party."
    1. Jackson Statue in detail.
    2. Lafayette Park seen from the White House.
    3. Lafayette Park would be meaningless without a statue of General Marquis de Lafayette who made a decisive contribution in the war of American independence. This statue is at the south-east corner of the park, the closest point to the White House.
    4. Tadeusz Kosciuszko was Polish general who helped George Washington as the commander of the engineering unit during the Independecne War. His statue is also at one of the corners of the Park. The base of his statue says Son of Poland.

  • The Department of the Treasury is just east of the White House. This is the south side of the building. The northern entrance looks like this.

  • Statue of William Tecumseh Sherman. General Sherman was a brave military man who led the Northern army deep into the South during the Civil War.
    1. Gone with the Wind. General Sherman is thoroughly cursed by Southern ladies.
    2. Sherman Tanks. He is also well known for World War II American tanks. By 1960, all Sherman tanks were retired, but Fidel Castro of Cuba claimed Americans attempted to invade Cuba using their Sherman tanks.

    3. Pershing's statue is also in the same area. Who was Pershing? Click here.

    4. Casimir Pulaski's statue is one block east of the Pershing statue. Like Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Pulaski was a Polish general. He was the commander of George Washington's cavalry corps during the American Independence War. He was killed in action in Savanna, Georgia.

      Since he was a horse man, there are many highways named after him, such as the Pulaski Road in Chicago, the Pulaski Highway in Baltimore, and the General Pulaski Skyway in New Jersey connecting to the Lincoln Tunnel underneath the Hudson River connecting to New York.
      Click here for more about him.

  • American Red Cross. You all know what this organization does, and it deserves to be close to the White House. There is another Red Cross building in the same area.

  • Corcoran Galley of Art is 100 meters from the southwest corner of the White House.
    1. Lion Statue at the entrance.
    2. Entrance Lobby.
    3. Love of Europe. Being so near to the White House, the gallery usually shows paintings by American artists. Sometimes, it has respectable European programs.

  • Organization of American States. The United States plays the dominant role in the Western Hemisphere. It is thus natural for this organization to be so close to the White House.
    I was in this building when Marcos Moshinsky received a pan-American science award in 1996. I have some photos from this occasion, and intend to post them when I find them.


  • Daughters of the American Revolution. This is an organization of women who are descendents of those Americans who made direct contributions to the Independence of America from the British rule. It is of course patriotic and conservative organization, but it is quite capable of adjusting itself to changing times. This building has a large music hall called "Constitution Hall."
    1. Entrance to the Constitution Hall facing west is one block away from the east entrance. The building occupies one entire block.
    2. The Alexandrov music group is a very important component of Russia's Red Army. This group came to this hall and presented a brilliant performance.
    3. I was there and took many photos.
    4. Applause. Those Russian performers are accepting an enthusiastic applause.
    5. American Uniforms. Three of those performers were wearing American uniforms. They were reproducing the meeting of the U.S. and U.S.S.R army units on the Elbe River in 1945 during the final days of Hitler's rule in Germany.
    6. Proschanie Slaviankie was not included in their program, and I complained to one of managers of the group, and he apologized and told me he appreciated my complaint.

  • Hey Adams Hotel, Lafayette Park, White House, and Washington Monument. If you are invited by the president but you are not the king or president of your country, you are likely to stay here. You do not have to be a politician to stay in this hotel. I know at least one physicist who stays here when he comes to Washington. You know his name, but I will not tell. I also had an occasion to spend one night there with a discount coupon. The hotel is OK.
    1. Hotel Entrance on the 16th Street.
    2. seen from the White House. The Lafayette Park and the statue of Andrew Jackson are also seen.
    3. Hotel Receptionist. I once stayed in this hotel, even though I was not invited by the White House. I was greeted by a professional receptionist. She was studied hotel hospitality in Serbia, and was working there an intern. She was quite familiar with the world, and she became very happy when I told her I have a webpage about Nikola Tesla. We promised to meet again in Serbia.



  • Willard Hotel is one block east of the White House. This hotel is for those business people who want to impress the president. This hotel is big enough to host several conferences simultaneously.
    1. Wiillard Hotel and Willard Intercontinental Hotel facing Pennsylvania Avenue (south). The Treasury building with its triangular roof is also seen.
    2. Top of the hotel building.
    3. Main Lobby tells it is a very expensive hotel.

    4. Japanese Musician is playing a traditional Japanese instrument.
    5. Marble Wash Room is also something to see.
    6. Coffee Tables for business negotiations.
    7. Sidewalk Cafe outside the hotel.

  • Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. I was told that this is the biggest government building in the world. There are various agencies the U.S. government having to do with international relations. In addition, this building is designed also for ordinary citizens. There are many conference rooms.
    1. North-Eastern Corner of the Building at the 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
    2. Wedding reception. This room is ready for a wedding reception.

    3. Main Lobby. A plaque of Ronald Reagan is seen. Ronald Reagan was a very popular president. Reporters once asked him how he became the president of the United States with his acting background. His reply was that he does not know how one can become the president without acting background.
    4. Glass Top of the main lobby. This building was completed in 1991, and it has modern style interiors.

Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and Tidal Basin


Lincoln Memorial and Vicinity


Georgetown and Kennedy Center



  • Georgetown is a residential area with activities. It was a run-down area with factories and warehouses until Eleanor Roosevelt decided to transform this area. Many prominent people live here. Jacqueline Kennedy and Henry Kissinger once lived here. For ordinary Washingtonians and tourists, this place is for shops and restaurants, and for meeting interesting people. European visitors like this place. Let us look at some photos.
    1. The first business you do at Georgetown is to look for a good place to eat. Yes, there are more than 200 restaurants and cafeterias within this small area.
    2. Cafe Milano is an expensive Italian restaurant. People seem to go there in order to prove they are important. Morton's Steak House is next to this Cafe.
    3. Bistro Francois is a reasonably priced French restaurant. I go there fairly often not only for eating, but also for meeting interesting people.
    4. How about an American restaurant. Americans are inventive people. They keep inventing new Hamburgers.

    5. You can meet many interesting people at Georgetown. I had this photo with visitors from Sttugart (Germany) in 2012.
    6. At the Bistro Francois, I met two graduate students from Kazakhstan. They were studying business and finances at Georgetown University. They claim their country has resources and money, but not may people know how they flow. They want to find out how they are flowing.
    7. There are many shoppers ready to spend time instead of money at Georgetown. Shops go bankrupt often.
    8. There are people and people on a festival day. Each festival has its title and spell out its purpose, but they do not seem to care about them. They simply seek fun.

    9. This is one of the entrances to the residential area from the traffic-jammed main street. Many famous people lived in this area.
    10. One of the residential streets two blocks away from the main street.
    11. There are many expensive houses not far from the main fun-loving commercial area.
    12. The Hour Season's Hotel is one of the five-star hotels in this area.
    13. This is the backyard of this expensive hotel.



    14. The C & O Canal (Chesapeake and Ohio Canal) used to be an important transportation route from the Atlantic coast to Ohio. From Ohio, agricultural crops were brought for exports to Europe. European luxury goods were brought to Ohio's landlords. The Baltimore-Ohio Railroad replaced this Canal as the major route.
    15. This stone house is the oldest house in the Washington area. This house of course has its history. Apparently, this house was an important place in those pre-railroad days.
    16. Those chimneys tell that there were also many factories.
    17. One of the locks along the Canal. This canal had to go through the high grounds of the Appalachian Mountains.

    18. Canal-side tables are available in a number of restaurants.
    19. Warehouses along the Canal. These old buildings now serve as up-scale office buildings.
    20. The Washington Harbor was the connecting point between the Canal and the Atlantic Ocean. These days, the Harbor is somewhat different.


  • The Washington Harbor these days serves as one of the major water-front recreational areas in the Washington area.
    1. Washington Harbor from the Potomac River.
    2. Somewhat closer from the River.
    3. The Big Fountain at the Harbor place.
    4. The Fountain during the winter time. Expensive to operate.
    5. viewed from a high-rise building across the Potomac River.
    6. viewed from the rooftop terrace of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

    7. One of the up-scale restaurants at the Harbor place. I had a photo with these two hostesses.
    8. You can meet many interesting people there. I had a photo with two young ladies from Argentina.
    9. Riverfront walkway. The Kennedy Center is seen.
    10. The Key Bridge named after Francis Scott Key. Who was he? Click here.

  • Washinton National Cathedral north of Georgetwon. This cathedral is a place for important national ceremonies. Funeral and memorial services for ex-presidents are usually held here.
    1. Click here for its wikipedia page.
    2. Front view of the Cathderal.
    3. Far-away view from a high-rise hotel in Virginia. About five kilometers from the Cathedral.

Kennedy Center

Other Important Places in the Washington Area


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