My favorite part when visiting Washington D.C last week was not only the many free museums and the lovely warm fall weather, but in fact the many memorials that can be found in downtown D.C, also refered to as the National Mall. I’ve, like most people, seen the majority of these sites in the news as well in different TV-shows (I’ll never forget a scene when Josh, Donna and Toby from “The West Wing” gets back at 5 am after being stranded in Wisconsin for the weekend and how they walk up Constitution Ave. towards the Capitol in the sunrise, all dirty, tired and with trashed clothes but still convinced to show up for work on Monday morning), but it was memorable to see these places for myself.
I definitely recommend anyone who is visiting the capital region to take a full day and walk to all these Memorials. It’s a perfect stroll if you want to learn more about American history as well to honor the many men and women who made a difference in the past.
If you don’t have a full day or don’t feel like walking, you can always take advantage of the public bicycle-sharing system and bike your way around. It’s $8 a day or $17 for three days, and you can use the bike for up to 30 minutes a time without any additional fees. Stations are spread out all over town, so the risk of not finding an available dock is pretty slim.
1. World War II Memorial
2. The Korean War Veterans Memorial
3. The Lincoln Memorial
4. Arlington National Cemetery
5. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
6. The White House
7. The Washington Monument
8. United States Capitol
9. Library of Congress
10. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial
11. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
12. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial