A week ago I had the opportunity to visit Washington DC.
I wanted to share a few of my favorite moments from this trip and how much I’m grateful for the history in our nation’s capital. There were so many amazing historical sites and museums to visit, so it was really difficult to tailor it down in one blog post.
The weather in D.C was a bit chilly at…42 degrees. I’m glad I brought my down winter coat with me because it would later snow in the week. On the day I arrived it was actually very beautiful and sunny. I spent a week there, and had approximately three days before the snow would arrive. That meant I needed to plan ahead and take advantage of the warmer weather and visit as much of the outdoor sites as I could. I’m a big cold weather chicken.
My first stop was the Vietnam Memorial. I went there early in the morning where it was less crowded. At the Vietnam Memorial, it was a sad moment, mixed with a reverent and peaceful feeling. The names on the wall…were those who sacrificed their life. I was so grateful to have the opportunity to pay my respects to them. It was a very humbling experience for me.
The Lincoln Memorial.
Walking up the steps towards a beautiful Greek style temple gave me a sense of historical nostalgia. Inside was the statue of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. The first thing I noticed was the expansive space that surrounds Lincoln. It’s an incredible site to see the massive stone sculpture up close.
On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, you face the Washington Monument, which would be an even more beautiful site had the Cherry Blossoms bloomed. I can only imagine.
I also managed to visit the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The architecture design was breathtaking as well.
A visit to the Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Just as I got to the top steps for this photo, I managed to witness the changing of the guards.
I spent my last few days visiting the Smithsonian and of course, my favorite…the National Gallery of Art.
Sketches by Pablo Picasso.
There are so many museums in the city, and they are all free. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Washington D.C, be sure to also check out the African-American Museum, The Holocaust Memorial Museum, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the United States Capitol.