Hello, all! I am absolutely giddy with excitement. I just returned from a trip to the US last weekend and I had THE BEST time exploring Washington DC and the surrounding areas while I was there. Although the government was shut down for the majority of my two weeks there, I was still able to get out in the amazing weather and see some pretty great sights.
I spent my first day out and about just checking out the beautiful architecture of the buildings situated on the National Mall. The mall was a bit creepy being so empty of tourists, picnickers, joggers, and wanderers.
Because the government was still shut down, none of the museums were open. The upside of this was that I was able to meander at will and just appreciate the beauty of the buildings without feeling pressure to hurry inside to check out the museum artifacts and installations.
The US Capitol
The weather had been pretty nasty the first few days I was in the area, pouring down rain all day, every day. I was more than excited to get out of the hotel to do some exploring when the clouds departed and the glorious blue sky and sunshine made an appearance. The Capitol Building is gorgeous and the light was perfect when I arrived on the mall from the metro station, so I spend some extra time working to capture the perfect shot.
I even ran across a few Capitol police officers having a little fun on the job.
It is so heartbreaking to see this iconic DC monument covered in scaffolding and fully fenced to protect the public from any potential mishaps. The earthquake in 2011 has made the structure too unstable to allow tourists to fully appreciate it. I hope to make it back to DC when it reopens so I can climb to the top.
US Navy Monument
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
I have to confess that I did have to hop a fence to get around to the other side of the tidal basin to get a closer look at this memorial. Unfortunately, I ran across an adorable fox stalking a squirrel on the way around and killed my camera battery taking the pics below. I’m not at all sorry.
The Supreme Court
I ran across a small crowd protesting for civil rights and government assistance on my first sightseeing day. Lucky me!
The White House
Museums & Architecture
I was as overjoyed as that little guy to be able to tour the National Mall without all of the usual crowds and nonsense going on around me. I was even more overjoyed to be able to return and visit the Natural History Museum when the doors were reopened!
I really enjoyed my time in Washington DC, even with the government shutdown limiting my time in the museums. The weather was perfect, the crowds were minimal, and I was alone with my thoughts and my camera, able to enjoy myself and not worry about keeping to a specific itinerary. Each day that I spent out and about in DC was capped off with a beautiful sunset that made the architecture of this historic city all the more beautiful.
The beauty of it all – the history, the significance, the architecture, and the nature surrounding it all – took my breath away.
Have you been to Washington DC? What is your favorite part of the city?
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