Remember when I was telling you about a friend of mine who was visiting from the UK this summer and I took her around? Well, another place that we went to was Washington D.C. And remember when I told you we were on a time crunch? We saw D.C. in approximately six hours! Also it was the day that there was a heat wave warning…so it was quite a day!
We took the metro from the Glenmont Metro Station to the Metro Center Station which was the closest to the White House, our first stop!
1. White House
We could only see this from far away. There was another fence in front of that black fence which you can’t see in this photograph that we had to stand behind. I remember being able to go right up to that black fence a few years ago. I guess there’s extra security now?
2. Washington Monument
The Washington Monument could pretty much be seen from everywhere in D.C., in particular the National Mall. We didn’t go inside it but just walked around it and had views of it from every where.
3. Paddle Boating by the Jefferson Memorial
We decided to go paddle boating for a little while since my niece was with us. She loves the water, so we thought this would be the perfect thing for her to enjoy. I enjoyed it as well as I sat in the back and let my sister and friend paddle us around. 😉 Also, as cool as the swan paddleboat is, it was not the right weather to get that one on that particular day. We needed a shaded one real badly. I honestly don’t know how those people are doing it, kudos to them!
4. Lincoln Memorial
After our paddle boating adventure, we headed out to the Lincoln Memorial. It used to be my favorite memorial until I discovered the Martin Luther King Jr. one. (Coming up!) I fell in love with Lincoln after watching the movie, Lincoln. (It’s an awesome movie, everyone should watch it!)
I think we stayed here the longest. While my friend looked around, I sat on the steps of the memorial for a while, just people watching and enjoying the humidity.
P.S. Here is a view of the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial:
5. Korean War Veteran’s Memorial
I really liked this one as well. I had never been to it before. The statues of soldiers around the field was a nice touch. Behind them is a black granite wall that has names of the veterans carved into it.
6. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
I had never been here before either and I absolutely loved how this was designed. He is carved out of stone which I thought was really neat! It’s also placed by the water which makes the setting even more beautiful. The walls around the memorial had his quotes carved into them and we enjoyed reading through them…as fast as we could!
7. World War II Memorial
This was our last and final stop of the day. I always enjoy this memorial. It’s a good one to sit by and enjoy the weather and all the views…of the Washington Monument…
If you click here, you will be taken to a map (hopefully) that shows how close all these places are and exactly where we went.
Well, that pretty much sums it up. Now you may be wondering what we ate that day because we couldn’t possibly have gone to all those places without any fuel, right? Well since we were in a hurry, we just got a gyro from a random stand really quickly and headed off. It wasn’t anything memorable otherwise you know you’d hear about it.
Have you been to D.C. before? What is your favorite memorial?