One of the best times to visit the U.S. capitol is during the Cherrie Blossom Festival that runs from the end of March through the beginning of April.
There are a few ways of getting to D.C., bus, plane, train or driving a car like I did. Itís about a 5-hour drive from Danbury, Ct.. When arriving by car and driving down Pennsylvania Avenue, the best place to park is at the Union Train Station. The parking fee is about $2.00hr. The station has many places to eat with all kinds of food, very similar to New York City's Grand Central Stations lower level. Union Station is really beautiful inside and out. There are also some gift shops as well.
Now walking is one of the best ways to get around the capitol, but be prepared to do a lot of walking. Wearing comfortable shoes and bringing some water is recommended. Bicycles are another way that would get you around fast and easy. Thereís also a trolley service too.
My first site was the U.S. Capitol Building. From there it's a long walk to the Washington Monument, but there is plenty to see along the way. The National Museum of Natural History, National Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Castle and a merry-go-round just to name a few.
From the Washington Monument you can walk to the White House. From there it's a nice walk to the Word War II Memorial with a few more sites along the way.
Next is the Lincoln Memorial. When facing the Lincoln Memorial, on the left side of the Reflecting pool, is the World War I Memorial and Koreran War Veterans Memorial. The right side of the reflecting pool is the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial.
Next is the Tidal Basin, which is surrounded by 100ís of Cherrie Blossom Trees. Itís a beautiful walk with some cool sites along the way. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
Well after 6 hours and 100ís of photos it was time for me to leave. There is just so much to see and do in our nations capitol. I would recommend staying at least 3 days so you can enjoy this absolutely gorgeous city at a nice leisurely pace. So, till next time, enjoy.
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