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In Photos: Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is one of my great loves. Any mention of the city conjures fond memories of the four years I spent living there and loving every minute of it. It is the city where I moved at age 18 to attend college, made lifelong friends, and spent my free time exploring the history and culture that makes Washington, D.C. so unique.

Visitors are typically in awe of the amount of monuments, museums and attractions that are packed into the less than 70 square miles that is the United States’ Capital. Many of the city’s most famous buildings are the ones that have shaped the United States’ history and political landscape such as the White House, the US Capitol Building, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. In addition, the numerous monuments and museums add further historical significance and honor influential people.

I never know where to start when I land in D.C. My visits usually involve a combination of catching up with friends, wandering through my college campus to visit my favorite haunts, and choosing something new on my never-ending Washington, D.C. to-do list (which has been growing since I landed in D.C. over seven years ago). Last weekend’s trip was my February installment of Take 12 Trips and it was the perfect opportunity to visit friends, watch my alma mater win its basketball game, and visit some D.C. attractions old and new. What did I see this time? The US Capitol Building, the Botanical Gardens, the Museum of American History, the World War II Monument and lastly, in honor of President’s Day this weekend (and Monday off), the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial. 

I plan to do a more comprehensive post on what a visitor should do while in my adopted home, but until then here is my photo essay from a glorious and snowy weekend in the District of Columbia. 

First up, visiting friends (mostly in stripes)

First up, visiting friends (mostly in stripes)

Taking Max to his first basketball game (and a win for the Hoyas)

Taking Max to his first Georgetown basketball game (and a win for the Hoyas)

The Jefferson Memorial at night

The Jefferson Memorial

The American Red Cross Building

The American Red Cross Building

The White House

The White House

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The US Capitol Building

Flowers at the Botanical Garden

Flowers at the Botanical Garden

A section of the infamous counter from the Greensboro sit-ins preserved at the Smithsonian Museum of American History

A section of the infamous counter from the Greensboro sit-ins, preserved at the Smithsonian Museum of American History

The World War II Memorial, best seen in the warmer weather when the fountains are working

A snowy Sunday at the World War II Memorial (with working fountains in the warmer weather!)

A snowy walk to the Lincoln Memorial

A snowy walk to the Lincoln Memorial

The reward for climbing to the top of the Lincoln Memorial

The reward for climbing to the top of the Lincoln Memorial

Until next time, D.C.!

Is Washington D.C. somewhere you would like to visit? If you have been share some of your favorite places in the city in the comments!

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  1. Pictures say a thousand words … love your snapshots! I went to DC a few years ago and wish I had more time to explore; your pictures make me want to take a trip back! … maybe during the Cherry Blossom Festival?? 🙂

    February 14, 2014
    • Thank you! Yes, D.C. is one of those cities you could visit for a week (or four years) and still not see it all! There are so many wonderful attractions and pieces of history that are so interesting. You should definitely plan a trip back, the Cherry Blossom Festival is the best and prettiest time to visit!

      February 15, 2014
  2. Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing. I haven’t visited D.C. since I was a kid so I’d absolutely love to return, especially in the spring 🙂

    Happy travels!

    February 15, 2014
    • Thanks, Lauren! Yes, you will have to visit again – there is so much to see and do to keep you entertained for weeks! The spring is my favorite time to visit and I was spoiled to live there for four years during the Cherry Blossom Festival. It is such an interesting city!

      February 15, 2014
  3. I’m english and live in the uk so my whole experience of washington dc comes from watching Bones Boxsets! Great post.

    February 18, 2014
    • Thank you! It really is a beautiful and fascinating city. I hope you make it there someday to see where Bones is filmed!

      February 18, 2014
  4. I was in Washington last week (on a beautiful 53 degrees sunny day), and when we booked our trip to New York we thought “why not add on a day in Washington to say we have been there?” From New Zealand all we really knew about Washington DC was the White House was there and Night at the Museum 2 was set there haha. But we were SO amazed at how stunning the city was! I really wish we had longer there- one day was nowhere near long enough! Will be back for sure 🙂

    http://missvoyager.wordpress.com

    February 22, 2014
    • I’m so glad you added DC onto your New York itinerary. NYC is typically the big ticket item and people forget how close it is to other interesting cities! You could have a week in DC and still not have enough time to see everything, it has so much to offer visitors! I hope you return to see more someday and so happy to hear you enjoyed your day there!

      In the meantime, I will need to check out your blog as I am hoping to make it to New Zealand in the near future! Thanks for reading!

      February 24, 2014
  5. Judging by the photos, Washington seems like a beautiful city to explore. I am really impressed by the night photo of The Jefferson Memorial, simply stunning. How about the food? Can you recommend some locals dishes I can’t miss? Thanks in advance!

    February 24, 2014
    • Thanks, Agness! It is a beautiful city to explore as there are a large quantity of monuments and memorials in walking distance. The memorials at night provide some fantastic views for pictures – glad you enjoyed them!

      Washington, DC showcases the diversity of cuisines from around the country as well as other countries. Some of my favorites are the Ethiopian and Turkish influenced restaurants! However, the Chesapeake region that surrounds DC is well known for their seafood, particularly shellfish. If you visit DC, you must try blue crab!

      February 24, 2014
  6. The Guy #

    Great pictures. I’ve only been to DC once (so far) but hope to visit again. You are correct the monuments and buildings are a wonderful experience and so accessible in the centre.

    Looking at the picture with your friends, are hooped pullovers in fashion now?

    February 25, 2014
    • Thank you! There are many wonderful places to take pictures in DC! I hope you get to visit again, there is so much to explore.

      I think that weekend stripes were in fashion!

      February 25, 2014
  7. Horace #

    Our nation’s capitol is one of the best cities in this country! Not only for all its history and culture but for the energy it exhibits. Great pics!

    March 21, 2014
    • Thanks, Horace! I could not agree more. It often gets overshadowed by the likes of NYC, but I much prefer it for its energy like you say. It is not overwhelming, just cultural and historical. I will need to put another trip on the books for later in the year!

      March 23, 2014

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