Our first trip to Washington was in March of 1987 so needless to say, things have changed a bit since our last visit. In particular, security police were present at every location we visited along with endless metal detectors and bag inspections before entering any federal building. In some respects, it was as if we never left the airport and the TSA.
If you have never been to Washington, you are missing an experience which I believe has few equals. The opportunities to sight see are endless and every museum of the Smithsonian houses a national treasure that you should see before departing this earth.
Before you jump in the car and head to the "Big City", I offer the following recommendations for your considerations:
- Purchase a comfortable pair of walking shoes because you will need them. During our trip, we averaged five miles of walking per day.
- Get a guide book and read it before you go along with a map of the city.
- Develop a list of sights you want to visit and then establish priorities. Trust me, you will never see everything.
- The Smithsonian is not one museum, it's actually a complex of 16+ museums scattered across the city.
- Finally, forget about driving in the city because parking is extremely scarce. Ride the Metro subway or the bus.
I have included a few photos from our recent trip to hopefully peak your interest. As you might guess, most of the monuments and buildings are huge so it's difficult to get a picture without some of the endless distractions cause by construction, security fences, or traffic.
The reflection wall inside of the Korean War memorial serves a reminder to all of us.
These soldiers are part of the Korean War Memorial
The World War II memorial looking east to the Atlantic Gate