Visiting Washington D.C.? Whether you are staying a month or only a few days there are a few things you don’t want to miss. Below are my suggestions for visiting the Capital of the United States.
A building of symbolism and significance, there is no way one can visit Washington D.C. without at least walking past the Capital Building.
Needing to catch a train or grab lunch? This is the place to do both. With ornate architecture both inside and out the union station is a great place to absorb on your way coming or going.
Franklin Delano Rosevelt Memorial
A great way to remember a our 32nd president. This sweet memorial has details that FDR would have loved.
Food trucks are scattered all across the mall. One pulls away another pulls up. There are so many options you can feed the whole family. I had to try a food truck that sold Greek food while I was walking around the Mall.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
As I looked around the memorial I found quotes covering the walls. There is meaning seeping through the pores of this memorial screaming the principles America was originally built on.
“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” (Excerpted from a letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, September 23, 1800)
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is an actual library where students and members of the D.C. area can study and check out books. There were also several areas of rich history. Such as Thomas Jefferson’s library stocked full with chemistry, philosophy, and botany books. What struck me the most was the ornate and extravagant architecture both on the inside and the outside.
Martin Luther King Memorial
As one of the new memorials in D.C. this one is a great way to remember a man who did so much for America.
Korean War Memorial
“One nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and people they never met”. -1950 Korea
Where Martin Luther gave his famous “I have a Dream Speech” the Lincoln Memorial is chalked full of important history. How amazing it was to stand on the same steps MLK stood several years ago. The Gettysburg address is printed on either side of Abraham’s looming figure.
History of the Smithsonian
This museum is a museum for all the Smithsonian museums. It is a museum for the museums. Funny in that sense. It is interesting to learn about the formation of all the Smithsonian museums. The first Smithsonian museum was funded entirely by someone who had never even been to America or seen its prosperity. He just believed in the dream of America enough.
Washington D.C. is an incredible experience. I hope you enjoy it was much as I do.