I love big cities. New York City is of course my favorite! But one of the great things about living in the Northeast is, there are tons of amazing cities within a few hours of each other. Either by train or car, there is so much to explore! Washington DC is only a 3 hour drive from where we live in New Jersey, so we decided to take a trip and visit a new city! We specifically chose last week because the cherry blossoms were in peak bloom (which I definitely recommend seeing!)
I had never been to Washington DC before and to be honest, I really didn’t know a lot about the different monuments, memorials and museums. I of course knew some of the obvious buildings like the White House and the Capitol Building. Several buildings were recognizable, but I didn’t know the names or what each represented. (Keep in mind, I grew up in Canada, so I learned American history later in life). I did recognized a lot of places from movies, or TV shows also. Like this scene from Forest Gump.
So after doing a bit of research online to find out how to get around and what to see, it seemed like everything was relatively close to each other and we decided to just park and walk around. Here are some of the sites we saw;
The Washington Monument
I knew what this monument looked like, but I didn’t realize how huge it is! You can spot it from far away. It seems like such a simple structure, but it’s quite beautiful.
The Jefferson Memorial & Tidal Basin
This is the area where all the cherry blossoms are. They surround the lake, and quite a few of the monuments are there as well. You can see the Jefferson Memorial from across the lake. Notice Jefferson standing inside the building?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
This Memorial is in a really beautiful location. It’s surrounded by cherry blossom trees and benches. Two man made waterfalls surround the area as well. It’s very peaceful.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
This is also in the Tidal Basin area. It’s a really moving memorial. Dozen’s of MLK’s quotes are engraved along the walls.
Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool & Washington Monument
This reflecting pool is really beautiful. With the view of the Washington monument, it’s probably one of my favorite spots!
The Lincoln Memorial
When you walk up these stairs, The Lincoln statue is inside. If you look between the pillars in the middle section that is dark, he’s up there. It’s a large statue. He’s looking out on the reflecting pool.
The White House
We were running out of time before we had to get back. So this view of the White House is actually from the back. Although it’s still beautiful, I will have to plan a trip back to get the view from the front.
Last week I wrote a blog “Washington DC: Cherry Blossoms 2016 – Part 1” where I shared tons of photos of all the cherry blossoms. If you haven’t read that post, head over and check it out! Here is a preview of the beautiful cherry blossoms!
Video my husband made of the cherry blossoms:
What is your favorite spot in Washington DC? I would love more recommendations on things to see and do! We will definitely take a trip back!