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Sunday Morning Tourist in Washington DC
Visiting Sites on a Sunday
My son, sister-in-law and I had to decide what to do on Sunday Morning in Washington DC, as my visit to their home was relatively short. We found this was a great time to visit monuments, see various areas of the city and find parking, which was much easier without all the typical traffic on a weekday. Traffic on any other day, let alone parking, is very crowded.
There are numerous museums and public buildings that are wonderful places to visit but not open on Sundays. I actually took the subway in DC on Tuesday to visit some of those places. There are also very good Washington tours available as well if you just want to get a good overview of this exciting city. Visiting on Sunday with other visitors from all over the world was very enjoyable.
Washington DC map
Driving to Lincoln Memorial
Abe Lincoln Monument
One of the monuments that I wanted to visit was the Abe Lincoln Monument. It was dedicated in 1922, and is very attractive with a Greek temple style with 36 doric columns. Abe Lincoln in his chair with the Gettyburg address posted by his statue is very impressive.
Abe Lincoln Monument
White House in Distance
Iwo Jima Monument
Thomas Jefferson Monument
Smalle Section of Wall
Visiting the Vietnam Wall
The picture above doesn't do justice to the length of the Vietnam Wall and all the names of our fallen soldiers. Emotions ran high with many visitors. I found the names of two of my friends with whom I grew up. I learned one was a Corporal in the Marine Corp., dying in 1967, and one in 1968. Several people used a paper and pencil to trace the name of their lost loved one. I grieved with the others for them and their families, but of course, history can't be changed. We should, however, learn from experience.
3 Soldiers Vietnam Monutment
Helicoptor Over Washington DC
We visited a few other monuments and walked across the river from the White House. That day gave me great appreciation for all our forefathers had done for our country so we could be free. We even drove through the parking lot of the Pentagon, not that you are allowed to visit, but I wanted to see it close up.
This was a warm, sunny, perfect day to visit Washington and see some of the sites when the crowds weren't so large. I could easily spend a month in Washington just visiting museums and the opportunity for genealogy research, which is one of my passions, is also a plus. The Washington subway and all the buses makes transportation easy during the week. The leaves were just starting to turn in autumn, so maybe I will return for the cherry blossom festival.
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