It seemed like the main focus of our visit to Washington D.C. was to get acquainted with as many famous landmarks as possible. While I’ve been to many of these already, my aunt hadn’t, and I tried my best to explain (in Chinese) what they are.
In doing so, I realized I would never make a good history teacher because my knowledge of American government and history sucks. But at least one building was flat-out obvious – the White House:
It was kind of amusing to see the other tourists walk right passed it without realizing it was THE White House. I can’t blame them either, since we stood hundreds of feet away behind a tall iron gate. Clearly no trespassing allowed. Man, I remember the time (a loooong time ago) when visitors could tour the White House. I still remember the Red and Green rooms. As you would expect, everything inside those rooms were of that color!
Next stop: Lincoln Memorial.
I never noticed this before, Martin Luther King Jr.’s beautiful “I Have a Dream” speech was engraved on the steps leading up to the memorial.
Explaining the “dark parts” of American history to someone else really opened my mind to just how horrible they were. Things like slavery and driving out the Native Americans from their lands began to sound “normal” after a while in school. Now I can see value in visiting memorials, for it really does urge us to remember (and hopefully learn from) our past.
Don’t be fooled – he was a big statue! Here’s a sense of scale:
From the Lincoln Memorial, you can see a straight shot of the Washington Monument.
So I actually had no idea what the Washington Monument was for. After looking it up, it seemed extremely obvious. It was built to commemorate George Washington, our first American president. Well duh.
Finally, we walked past the House of Representatives to get to the U.S. Capitol.
From there, we could also see the Library of Congress.
In case you were wondering, I didn’t take pics of the Capitol because the dome was under construction (boo). But I did get one while standing under the dome:
After this trip, I feel like I toured the hell out of D.C. The next time I go, I want to be there when the cherry blossoms bloom! And focus more on the D.C. foodie scene now that I’ve got the sight-seeing out of the way!
Have you been to Washington D.C.? What are your favorite things about the city?
Thanks for reading!