Our Nation’s Capital has a lot to see. I was gonig to try to put together a map from google and mark the memorials, but I can’t to a better job than the one the National Park Service provides here.
These were taken over several years of visiting while I lived in nearby VA. First is this shot of the Key Bridge – you need to get over the river somehow
The Washington Monument is the most recognizable, and obviously the easiest to see.
When you’re done there, walk due west to get to the World War II Memorial.
Down the reflecting pool from the World War II Memorial you can clearly see the Lincoln Memorial. If you look you can tell I learned my lesson after the first year. If you get a little lower when shooting you can get the Memorial without all those buildings in the background!
But, since you’re not allowed to wade in or swim in the reflecting pool, you have to walk around one direction or the other. But first, head north on 17th Street, past Constitution and make a quick stop at the Headquarters for the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Now you can go right back down to Constitution Ave and head west, keep a lookout to the south and you will find the Vietnam Memorial, which contains not only the “Wall” but several statues. There is the iconic Three Servicemen statue but also a Women’s Memorial.
Keep heading west until finally you arrive at he Lincoln Memorial
Now you have to head back East – along one of the trails that runs along the south side of the reflecting pool. You won’t be able to miss the Korean War Veterans Memorial. This memorial is laid out in a triangular shape with 19 steel statues, and they are huge. All over 7 feet tall. The figures represent a squad on patrol with 14 U.S. Army, 3 Marines, 1 Navy Corpsman, and 1 an Air Force Forward Air Observer. They are dressed in full combat gear. But, because the wall is so reflective, it looks like there are 38, along with other etchings of people on the wall itself.
Continue east, and you can find the “DC War Memorial” – or the Memorial from WWI. After you walk a little way, you will see a walkway that goes a little further south, take that to the right or you’ll miss it. It’s all by itself and not very big.
Now keep going south until you get to Independence Avenue. Cross that road and bear right, now you can walk along the west side of the Tidal Basin. I don’t think a lot of people know it, but there is a sprawling memorial to Franklin Delano Roosevelt – and there is even a statue of his wife and dog!
Just past this is a string of Cherry Trees and a Japanese Pagoda.
Keep going and you get to see the George Mason Memorial. It’s not well labeled, and took me a while, looking at the map, to even figure out who it was!
This now puts you in a position to see the Jefferson Memorial. I have several angles here because you can keep walking to get to it, come in the back of it or the front. And did you know there is also a Thomas Jefferson Building in the city?
Just keep going and you will get into a lot more cherry trees. This is one of the places to get good pictures during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
It’s interesting to know that while most of the popular monuments and memorials are inside the city limits of Washington, DC, there are several others outside that area in Arlington, VA.
From DC, if you head over the Memorial Bridge you can go straight to Arlington, but straight ahead at the dead end where you have to turn to park is a memorial that seems to be unmarked. It’s the Women In Military Service for America. Stop by and see the contributions the women of America have made.
And we can’t forget about Arlington. When you think of Arlington, you think of the rows of matching white headstones. But there is more. Did you know Audie Murphy was a Veteran and is buried there? Do you remember the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster? There is a memorial to those astronauts we lost. There is a whole area where John F Kennedy is buried. His famous quote is etched into a wall, there is an eternal flame and buried beside him is Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. On either side of them were reburied two deceased Kennedy children were reburied in Arlington, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy from Brookline — who had predeceased JFK by 15 weeks — and an unnamed stillborn daughter from Newport, R.I. Funerals are somber and can be as elaborate as a caisson drawn, flag draped casket with riderless horse. Or as simple as a graveside service with a bugler and 21 gun salute. And of course the Amphitheater and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
I never knew there was a memorial dedicated to Navy and Marines Lost at Sea
And finally – lots of other buildings in Washington, D.C. There is the White House, Smithsonian Castle, the Capitol, Union Station. Old Exec Office Bldg. Army, First Division Monument and interesting bridges. Statues of William Sherman and John Paul Jones. Even the strangely curved Ariel Rios Federal Building (EPA headquarters)