Visiting Washington, D.C. is something that everyone should experience. There are so many things to do! There are dozens of memorials and monuments and all of the 18 museums and the zoo are free. There is also an abundance of park space where you can sit, ride bikes and watch the beauty of nature.
On our visit to the Nations capitol we are able to visit:
- The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
- The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
- The Lincoln Memorial
- The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- The Washington Monument
- The White House
- The National Air and Space Museum
- The African Art Museum
Before we began our walk on the National Mall, we mapped out the places we wanted to visit. There were so many other places we wanted to see, but it was way to much to attempt to do in just one day. Using a tour bus, a bike or a segway is probably a faster way to get around, but we walked and enjoyed our stroll through the Capitol.
Visiting the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial was a nice experience. We had never read about why the King memorial was designed the way it was, but another visitor challenged us to find out why. Behind the statue of King are two tall pieces of stone that represents a mountain that has been broken. King himself is carved on the missing piece - The Stone of Hope. The design comes from his quote, “Out of the Mountain of Despair, the Stone of Hope.” Pretty cool right! If you look closely at the picture above, you can see a piece of the mountain behind King.
The highlight of our trip was watching the Presidential helicopter land and take off with our president inside. My son was so excited to see the helicopter fly overhead.
The Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial are located directly across from each other. If you stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial you’ll get an awesome view of the Washington Monument. I absolutely love the shot below!
Overall, we enjoyed our trip to DC. and would definitely visit again!
Where are some places you want to visit? I have a bucket list! Let’s talk about it in the comments below.