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In Pictures: Washington, D.C. Monument Walk

December 9, 2014

While passing through Washington, D.C. in October as part of my Whirlwind East Coast Tour, my mom and I stopped to spend the afternoon strolling around a few of the city’s beautiful monuments.  I used to call D.C. home, and never tired of the city’s fabulous cultural and touristy offerings.  Having been away for the last 5 years, I couldn’t resist stopping in to reminisce.

We parked a little ways off the National Mall and started with the FDR Memorial.  The FDR is one of the newer memorials and is different in appearance from most of the others.  Instead of a large white marble structure, it consists of a series of “rooms” that walk you through FDR’s very eventful presidency.  It doesn’t photograph well, but is totally worth a visit.

FDR Memorial

FDR Memorial

Then we made our way around the Tidal Basin, with views of the Washington Monument and Thomas Jefferson Memorial along the way.

Washintgon MonumentWe arrived at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, which I’d never seen before.  It was built after I left D.C. in 2007 and is quite impressive.  The scale of that sculpture is pretty unbelievable.

MLK Memorial

MLK Memorial

From there, we wandered past the Reflecting Pool (does anyone else think of Forest Gump every time they see it? “Jenny!”)

Reflecting Pool Washington DCPast Lincoln…

Lincoln Memorial

And through the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (unpictured), which is in my opinion one of the most powerful and sobering sights in Washington, D.C.  Our last stop was the Korean War Memorial, which has always been one of my favorites artistically speaking.

Korean War MemorialThe fall foliage put it over the top, but if you’re in D.C. and able to tour the monuments at night, this one is particularly amazing.  It takes on an almost eerie appearance.  Plus, all of the memorials are lit beautifully at night and you’ll avoid the crowds.  Just do it.

Korean War Memorial

From the District, we headed out to my sister’s beautiful home in Great Falls, Virginia.  More to come soon!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2014 9:37 pm

    I just saw the MLK memorial for the first time a couple months ago and thought it was quite well done!


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