Attractions

Washington D.C.

November 8, 2016 - by Steffanie

Visiting our nation’s capital was the main reason for our stay in northern Virginia. After going to the Heritage Festival in Prince William National Forest on Saturday, September 17, we drove about 40 minutes to the Franconia-Springfield train station, and then took the 45 minute train ride into Washington D.C.

washdc1-940x620

After getting off the train, we walked to the National Mall. The first thing we saw was the iconic Washington Monument. We had fun taking silly pictures with it throughout the day.

washdc4-940x620

We walked towards the Capital Building next, taking in the sights. One comment that Mike made as we were walking is that he thought that the Mall would be more pristine. Not that it was super dirty or anything, it was just like any other city, but he expected the capital of the U.S. to be held to a higher standard.

washdc2-940x620

We continued walking and saw Library of Congress and Supreme Court before walking down Pennsylvania Avenue to The White House. It was crowded there, so we just took a few pictures and moved on. We found a grassy area just south of the president’s residence to rest for a bit before continuing on.

washdc5-940x620

Then, we headed towards to Lincoln Memorial on the west side of the Mall. We walked through the WWII Memorial and by the Reflecting Pool. By the time we made it to the Lincoln Memorial, we were ready for a rest again. We sat on the steps people watching for a bit. In that short time, we saw two marriage proposals!

washdc11-940x620

After taking in the stoic seated Lincoln statue inside, we ventured around to the back of the building for a great view of the sunset over the Potomac River. Then, walked over the see the Vietnam Memorial before it got too dark.

washdc10-940x620

Our last stop before taking the train back home was to Pi Pizza. Pi is one of our favorite pizza places in St. Louis, so it was like a little taste of home. It is rumored that President Obama had Pi Pizza on the campaign trail and liked it so much that they eventually opened a location in D.C.

washdc8-940x620

Later the following week, we made one other trip into the city. The agency that Mike does contract web development for has an office in Washington D.C., so he went into the office to work one day. I decided to come along and work from coffee shops for the day. After work that evening, we visited the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. As we came out, the sun was streaming right down G street. It was so beautiful!

washdc9-940x620We took the train back. If your planning a visit and want to take the train, be prepared to spend some extra time to figure the schedule and how to load the Metro card. We found it to be one of the more confusing public transportation systems we have taken, but still the best way to get to and from the city.


You Might Also Like