It was the first Spring at USA and we were super excited for our trip to the capital of this great country. Yes, Washington DC, the city with full of historic wonders.
We booked our hotels and rent a car from Enterprise and started for Washington in the afternoon. When we reached Washington it was already midnight and we had no other means to do except sleeping to get afresh for the next morning.
We got up early and had our breakfast. Our first destination was Tidal Basin to witness cherry blossom festival and Jefferson Memorial at the bank of the basin. The Tidal Basin is a partially man-made reservoir between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel in Washington, D.C. It is part of West Potomac Park and is a focal point of the National Cherry Blossom Festival held each spring. We booked an Uber and it took 30 minutes from our hotel to reach that overly crowded place.
Each spring, the cherry blossoms lining Washington DC’s Tidal Basin burst into color in a beautiful display of floral fireworks. But the peak bloom period lasts only a few days, and precisely when it happens varies each year.A walk along side the basin in between the clusters of cherry blossom flowers was amazing.The First “Cherry Blossom Festival” happened in 1934 and consisted of numerous civic groups. By this point, the Cherry Blossom’s had become an integral part of Washington, DC native life and this marked a great time to kick off spring and summer charities, fundraisers, and events. However, in the 1940’s events halted with the attack on Pearl Harbor and strained relations.
We walked along the basin and reached the fascinating Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, modeled after the Pantheon of Rome, is America’s foremost memorial to State’s third president. As an original adaptation of Neoclassical architecture, it is a key landmark in the monumental core of Washington, DC. We took some photograph here and again kept on walking along the park.
Basically most of the memorials were built on the bank of the basin. Our next target was Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.” These words were spoken during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s seminal “I Have A Dream” speech and form the basis for the memorial built in Dr. King’s honor. Located along the northeast bank of the Tidal Basin, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial sits adjacent to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and across the water from the Jefferson Memorial. The memorial itself is that metaphorical stone of hope—a monolith featuring a 30-foot-tall carving of Dr. King—hewn out of the figurative mountain of despair behind it. The granite statue, along with the two semicircular sections of wall surrounding it, features 16 inspirational Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes and fantastic views of the basin.
We finished our grand walking alongside the basin and as planned, we started walking to the next historic wonder Lincoln Memorial. On the way we also visited Korean War Veterans Memorial. Its Wall of Remembrance and 19 stainless steel statues commemorate the sacrifices of the millions of Americans and allied partners who fought during the Korean War.
All the way along we could see the Washington Memorial from every places we went, but for the first we saw the gigantic memorial on the other side of reflecting pool. The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States. Located almost due east of the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial, the monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk. We took some selfies and clicked quite a few photographs of the memorial and headed to the another marvel, the Lincoln Memorial. This place would definitely remind you the scene of the famous movie Forest Gump where Forest and Jenny embraced each other in the water.
The Lincoln Memorial, a fascinating white structure in the memory of one world’s most famous leaders was an epitome of Greek architectural style. We Climbed the stairs leading to the interior, and looked up. There, etched into the wall, is a memorable quote: “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.” Below the quote sits a 19-foot tall, 175-ton statue of President Lincoln himself.
After that both our stomach and legs denied to work anymore, so we decided having our lunch at a nearby restaurant. We found a Mediterranean restaurant nearby. I had a delicious lamb gyro, a famous preparation from middle east.
Next visit to the famous and most powerful building of the world-The White House. The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. We took some pictures in front of the white beauty and spend some time nearby park.
From there we went to the most beautiful building of this city, the US Capitol. The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building, is the home of the United States Congress, and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It sits atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. An awesome day in this historic city ended with a beautiful dinner at a Mexican restaurant.
Next day we had to go back to our home and we visited a very few places. We began with the Smithsonian Museum. It’s a must visit while you are visiting Washington DC. While returning back we stopped for a minute near Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington DC.
We stopped our car on a view point of Potomac river. The view was just ecstatic from the top. We drove all the way to home when it was already 10 pm at the clock.
The trip was a memorable one and the roads of the beautiful state Virginia.These pictures are the proof that I am not lying.