The last leg of our East Coast tour (outside New York) is further south, Washington, D.C. There’s more to it aside from being the capital of the United States of America, its imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings, and history.
We arrived in Washington, D.C. early morning—too early to check-in but just at the right time to start our tour. And so after having a quick breakfast at the Union Station, we’re off to explore!
We can actually see the dome of the US Capitol from where we’re standing so it’s quite obvious where our next stop would be.
Arriving in the area early in the morning meant that we practically had the entire place to ourselves! Several pictures later, we started walking along the National Mall.
The World War II Memorial is one of the solemn places along the National Mall. As a person who did not experience a war, let alone a World War, we can only imagine the gravity of this event for humanity and the world. This memorial gives us a hard reminder of how many people died, in the hope that we learned our lessons not to make the same mistakes again.
Our next stop is the Lincoln Memorial. It is a long walk but the sights along the way makes it feel easier.
Being inside the memorial felt surreal. I’ve only seen Lincoln’s statue in the movies, and at that moment I was actually there. Reading the writings on the wall, seeing the exhibits, there’s a feeling that this place is more than just what you can see and touch—it’s what it stands for.
Our last stop before we finally settle in our hotel is none other than the seat of the US government, The White House.
We must’ve been exhausted with all the walking as we spent the rest of the afternoon in our hotel room.
That night, we went out and revisited the sights that we visited earlier in the day. And everything sure looked differently and worth the extra miles of walking.
The following morning, we were out on a relatively further trip just outside D.C., in the state of Virginia. Our destination: The Pentagon.
The Pentagon is one of the sites that were targeted during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Lives were lost. To commemorate the victims of the attack at the Pentagon, a memorial called the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial was established just outside the premises.
By midday, we’re back at the National Mall to explore the other attractions that we skipped the day before. And the first one is the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Next stop is the National Air & Space Museum, still by the Smithsonian.
We spent the rest of the afternoon just exploring what else the National Mall has to offer.
As the sun was setting, we headed towards Thomas Jefferson Memorial to cover more of the spots we haven’t been to yet.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a great place to catch the sunset as the place is relatively quiet and the view by the waters is relaxing.
That night was also our last in the capital. But before we finally close the trip, we found an Irish pub and gave ourselves a mini feast before our long journey back to New York City.
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- A Journey of Superlatives
- Taoyuan International and EVA Air Infinity Lounge
- Houston, We’ve Arrived!
- Exploring Houston
- Space Center Houston
- Hello Again, San Francisco!
- Delayed in Detroit
- New York City
- The Statue of Liberty
- Niagara Falls
- Washington, D.C.
- The High Line
- Central Park
- More of NYC