On Memorial Day weekend, I traveled back east to attend my friends wedding. She was getting married in Maryland, and the closest airports were Baltimore and DC. I decided to fly into DC because I figured after the wedding is over, I could come back and explore all the monuments. I'm not really sure what to do in Baltimore, so I figured DC would be best. I had a day and a half to spend sight seeing in DC before I had to make my way back to the airport to catch my flight. After I dropped my car off, I found my way to the metro and caught the train to my hotel. I stayed at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. OMG. Freakin' gorrrrrgeous. Yes, I splurged just a little to stay in a little nicer hotel. Worth every penny. I recommend that hotel. Once I checked in and dumped the heavy stuff out of my purse, I went out into the world that is DC. I caught the metro to the Federal Triangle. Once I got off, I found my way to the street and went in the direction of the Washington Monument. I knew all the monuments/memorials that I wanted to see would be up that way.
I decided I wanted to see the White House first, so I walked towards it. While walking towards it, I was hit by a kid riding a bike. We didn't see each other and collided. Yeah, not the best experience, but, hey, stuff happens. I reached the White House and figured out how to get to the section that is right in front of the gate to get some good pictures of the White House. Last time I was in DC, I was on the opposite side of the street and didn't know where to cross without getting yelled at for being in the street.
Next, I went to the Washington Monument. I like to look out at the view from there. There is just so much to see. From there, I went to the WWII Memorial, then to this statue of John Paul Jones. I'm not really sure who he is, but I went to check it out anyways. Then I went to the Reflection Pool - last time I was in DC they were renovating it, so I couldn't see it. I was quite disappointed, so I was determined to see it this time. It was quite amazing to see it in person. After seeing the pool, I went to the Korean Memorial. I didn't get to see that the last time I was in DC as well. That was quite awesome to see.
From there I went to the Lincoln Memorial, and counted all the steps that it took to get to the top. I then went to the Vietnam Memorial. After that, I was going to go the Arlington Memorial, but discovered it would take me 20 minutes to walk there and I would have 10 minutes to look around which would not be nearly enough time to see what I wanted. I decided to walk around some more and found the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. From there I found the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and the Franklin Monument. I found a path behind the MLK Jr. Monument that wrapped around a little lake that led me to the other memorials and monuments. It was a pretty walk.
After seeing all the monuments and memorials I could, I decided to head back to my hotel. I found a Chipotle near my hotel and went there for dinner. Yes, out of all the places to go, I went to Chipotle. After dinner, I walked to my hotel and just relaxed. It was fantastic to just relax after all the walking.
The next morning I woke up early and hit the streets. I stopped and got breakfast at a little restaurant near the hotel named Open City. It was quite delicious - I recommend this place to eat at! After filling my tummy, I caught the metro and went to the Arlington Cemetery. I trekked over to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to see the changing of the guard. That was an amazing experience to see! After the changing of the guard, I went to see the Kennedy grave sites. That was also another amazing thing to see. After seeing what I wanted, I decided to head back to the hotel. I needed to checkout by 12 and would make it back with a few minutes left to spare.
After checking out, I went to a local pub and had lunch and just hung out there until I needed to leave.
Overall, the trip was fun and amazing, and I am so glad I went!
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