How naive I was about the size of the famous monuments and structures in DC. I had watched this monuments, buildings and structures hundreds of times in TV and movies but I was far in my mind of what I thought they look in person.
After we settle in our hotel, we drove to Cheverly Train Station, that was the closest station from our hotel. We parked the van and hopped in a train to DC. Leaving the van parked there was only $4.00 and weekends are free! The app, Washington MX, (that I found earlier on my search for tools for this trip) for the Metros in DC worked perfectly for us.
The first thing we wanted to see was the White House. After studying the metro map and the regular DC map we decided to get out in Metro Center Station. At first we were disoriented were to go, it´s a matter of situating yourself with the map, after walking in the wrong direction few times we figure it out. So, going back to the subject after we found a place to eat, we kept our focus to the White House. While walking around I was hypnotize by the dimensions of the city. I found it big! Spacious! One building can take half of the street, they look classic, formal, antique and big.
Also I think it looks even bigger in my eyes because even though is a busy city, people are more spread out than in NY City. In other words there in not even half of the crowd that in NY City.
The funny thing about all this ” big subject in DC” , is that I thought that the White House was super super super huge! And its big, but not as big as my imagination thought it was…
That same night we visited the Lincoln Memorial and I was (again) impressed of the dimensions of this monument. Oh me, so naive!
During that weekend we visited all the landmarks that any tourist will do. Everything is huge, the museum, The Mall, the monuments. The walks between one place to other were from 15 minutes to 30 minutes even though you can see it from the distance and it give you the impression that is less time walking. At the end of the day our feet were suffering major pain.
It was a great experience and we enjoy it at the maximum. unfortunately we were not able to see everything, definitely I want to go back… But a cool thing, I learn how to ride the metro in DC! Next time will be easier. (You see we don’t have a metro system in Orlando FL)
Here let me share with you more pics fo the BIG DC!
I found the Capitol to be Huge!
A view of The Mall up to the Washington Monument. This pic I took it from the Capitol.
World War II Memorial, at the background is Lincoln Memorial
National Air and Space Museum
National Museum of the American Indian
United States Botanical Garden