This is actually a long overdue post. This trip to DC should have been written months ago but I was so busy that I forgot about it.
Whenever people think of America, most of them usually think of New York, California or Florida. But how about the nation’s capital? Someone once told me, “You haven’t really experienced America if you haven’t been to Washington, DC.” I agree a bit to that statement because it is in DC where you will learn and experience what the United States of America really is.
DC is a walker’s paradise Drive to DC, park your car somewhere, prepare yourself to walk for the whole day, walk around the city, go home and sleep like a baby. The city is laid out perfectly for pedestrians. You can go from one attraction to another without getting too exhausted. Burning a few calories while exploring the city is good. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes!
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Since I’ve already heard that this museum is quite emotional, I made sure that it was our first stop. The experience was really emotional, even if you don’t have any familial or religious connection to the Holocaust. I always thought that the Holocaust was being overhyped, but my view changed after my visit to the said museum. I know that genocide has hit many different races but I didn’t know how people cruel can be; doctors killing people for testing their assumption that Jewish people are made differently; tons of people being sent to a large scale gas chamber to be killed. The museum just presented facts but those facts boggled my mind of different questions. How can human beings do these things? Why did they do it? What would it feel like to be in that situation? My visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum made me appreciate my life more.
Smithsonian Castle Aside from the fact that Smithsonian museums are free, it is also well-designed. This castle is the home to the Smithsonian Information Center and Smithsonian Administrative Headquarters. There isn’t much to see. You can skip it if you want but IT IS A CASTLE! Who doesn’t like a castle?
Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum If you love history, air and space, you shouldn’t miss this museum. With or without children, this is a good place to visit. In this museum, you can learn a lot in a dynamic and interactive way. I am not a huge fan of air and space but I enjoyed this place where I was able to travel back in time and see what it is like to travel in space.
National Museum of the American Indian To be honest, I didn’t enjoy this museum that much because it is not as interactive as the other Smithsonian museums that I have been to. However, this is a good place to know more about the native Americans.
United States Capitol I could have seen more of the US capitol but I chose to spend most of my time infront of the majestic building and its reflection pool. I spent almost two hours there just resting and observing the surroundings.
Newseum This is a museum about the news. If you have a side of journalism, you should definitely visit this place.
White House Of course, the White House. How can you go to Washington, DC without visiting the White House? You just can’t. I think most of the tourists in DC are hoping to catch a glimpse of the president. As expected, there was an intensive security around the place. It is interesting but boring since what you could only do there is to take a photo… from a great distance.
Just some random photos If you are into photography, you will really love Washington, DC.
World War II Memorial This place is a national memorial dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. I think the WWII veterans really deserve this wonderful tribute.
Lincoln Memorial “Forreeeeesstt!” “Jennnyyy!” In the movie ‘Forrest Gump,’ there is this reunion scene between Forrest and Jenny where Forrest found Jenny wading towards him in the reflection pool. The scene that I mentioned is the main reason why I want to see the Lincoln Memorial. If I could only choose one DC attraction that I could visit again, I wouldn’t hesitate to choose the Lincoln Memorial, not because of the Forrest Gump scene but because of its indescribable beauty and significant history. I was also moved by ‘The Gettysburg Address’ by Abraham Lincoln that can be found on one of the walls of the memorial. It is also in the Lincoln Memorial where I got the most favorite photo that I took. It is the first photo below. If you are travelling alone, you don’t need to worry about having a good photo in the site since there are a lot of people there that could take your photo. During my 45-minute stay there, I was asked by around five people to take their photo. You don’t need to settle for a selfie when you got people around you. Haha!
When we were about to leave, a rainbow suddenly appeared across the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool and the Washington Monument. Rainbow at the end of our DC trip? I really thanked God for that! It was really a great way to end our lovely day trip in DC.