Washington, DC, the capital of United States is flocked with tourists almost all year round. Last week we had been to D.C. with our family… but what do you do when you are crunched for time? Well, you decide to take the middle route – we shortlisted only a few main places that we wanted to see there.
I had read that the best time to visit DC is either during Spring (bonus points for the beautiful cherry blossom that you get to see there during that time) or during Fall when the weather is much cooler. We’d been there last summer and trust me, it was so unbelievably hot that you could possibly fry an egg on my head! (ok that may be an exaggeration but you get the point, right?)
The weather this time around was indeed cooler and pleasant although the sun was in its full glory.
We first headed to the Lincoln Memorial as it was the closest to our parking spot. Upon climbing a short flight of stairs, you get to see the magnificent statue of Abraham Lincoln.
From atop the stairs, the Washington Monument and its splendid reflection in the water can be seen.
A short walk ahead takes you to the World War II memorial.
After spending some time over there and giving a break to our legs, we made our way to the White House. On the way, we also saw the Department of Treasury. There is something so elegant about all the buildings in D.C which can be reflected in their construction and overall architecture.
After clicking loads of photos and a much-needed coffee break, we headed back, got our car and drove towards the U.S. Capitol. The Supreme court and the beautiful Library of Congress are just opposite to the US Capitol. I was kind of intrigued by the massive Library of Congress and wondered what it would be like from the inside.
In addition to the national monuments and federal buildings, there is a lot of distinctive collection in the museums and galleries as well.
Many people stay there for a night if they want to cover the museums and a few other places; but since we didn’t plan on doing that, we came back the same night itself.
Tip: Parking is a major hassle over there and I had found a few places online where we can park easily. So always do your study before going to such crowded places if you want to avoid wasting time in finding a parking spot.
Keep in mind that you end up walking for a fair amount of time, (unless of course you take a hop-on-hop-off bus or take the Segway or rent bikes) so wearing comfy shoes really helps.