Last month, I had a quick work trip to New York & Washington DC. I’d been to both before, but never had the time to properly explore DC. I decided to try and pack as much as I could into this 24 hour visit, as I don’t know when I’ll get the opportunity again now that we’ve moved home. I got the train from Penn Station, New York to Union Station in Washington DC – It took about 3 hours and was the best way to travel. There was a coffee shop on the train, wifi and comfy seats. The train pulled into Union Station at 3pm, and even though it was lashing out of the heavens, I was ready to explore!
With only one day in the City, and a good chunk of that being dedicated to work, I decided to hit the main tourist sights. The Mall is very close to Union Station, so I walked in that direction and immediately spotted the Capitol Building. The Mall is home to many famous sites like the Capitol Building, the Washington Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the World War II memorial. It’s also home to several museums, including The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History and the National Gallery of Art. It’s a little surreal seeing so many famous buildings and monuments up close!
The Mall is a very pretty park, and even though it was raining, the walk through it was beautiful. It’s tree lined, with water features like the Reflecting Pool, and is surrounded by architecture. The White House can be seen to the right of the Washington Monument, but honestly, it was a let down! It’s quite far away, and blocked off by trees. Here was my zoomed-in view!
The World War II Memorial is located at one end of the Reflecting Pool. It’s a lovely monument to those that lost their lives in WWII, and has a pillar for each state. I walked up the (many) steps to the Lincoln Memorial, stopping to look for the spot where Martin Luther King made his famous “I had a Dream” speech. The memorial itself is huge, with the Gettysburg Address carved into the walls. It’s very impressive!
After all that walking, and soaking from the rain, I had a bite to eat at The Alibi and then made my way to my hotel. I stayed at the Westin in Georgetown. It’s pretty far from the main attractions, but it’s a short walk to the gorgeous neighbourhood of Georgetown. It’s home to Georgetown University, but it is also hopping with shops, bars and restaurants, nestled within it’s historical, colourful buildings. I did a little exploring in Georgetown before work the next day, an managed to grab a quick drink at Martin’s Tavern (where JFK proposed to Jackie!) before getting the train back to New York.
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