A Trip Recommended for All: Washington, D.C. and the National Mall

A Trip Recommended for All: Washington, D.C. and the National Mall

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Recently in April, Lucas and I visited the nation’s capital. We had driven from New York and were on our way down to Miami.

Apparently we picked the perfect time, as our trip to D.C. coincided with the city’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The Festival lasts for two weeks and consists of many different events planned for each day: the Cherry Blast, a popular music and arts festival, the Sakora Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, the Lantern Lighting Ceremony, and the Fireworks Show are just a handful of Cherry Blossom activities. There are about 700,000 people that attend the festival every year!

Lucas and I did a tour of the infamous National Mall, which is basically mandatory tourist activity #1 if you visit D.C. The National Mall encompasses the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Capital, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

We did not get to go all the way to the top of the Washington Monument, but I wish we had been able to! There are 896 steps which surround an elevator shaft; this makes it possible for visitors to go to the top observation area, where you can get a great view of the city.

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The Reflecting Pool was absolutely beautiful. I did not realize how long it stretches out; it just goes on forever! It is also much more narrow than I had imagined.

The Lincoln Memorial blew me away. It was wonderful to see, and much bigger in person than I had imagined.

It was awe-inspiring to pause and think of how many important speeches have been delivered right there on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Although many are well-remembered, the most infamous speech given is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, considered by many to be the best speech of all time.

The Vietnam Memorial Wall was amazing to see in person. It is an unexplainable experience to see how many names are actually there. Visual proof of so many deaths from the War is shockingly gritty and heartbreaking.

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While at the Wall, Lucas and I got to hear a tour guide’s description of an infamous event called: The Rolling Thunder bikers’ parade.

Rolling Thunder bikers are all Vietnam vets, and California bikers kick off the tour by heading east. By the time the Thunder pack of vets has reached D.C., there are around 400,000 of them! They enter D.C. and circle the National Mall area. This kicks off Memorial Weekend each year.

Our last stop at the National Mall was the Capital. I got some great pics, including several of the veggie garden planted by President Obama and his family. I was surprised to see how many armed guards are lined up outside.

The D.C. trip is something that we cannot recommend enough; the patriotism and awe you feel make for an unforgettable experience.

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