Recently, we made a quick trip from Seattle to Washington, DC. With just three days to take on the town, we found ourselves gallivanting from The National Mall to Arlington, VA, cramming in as much as possible. This is our second trip with Avery on hand, so it was challenging to mark everything off our bucket list…but we did managed to check out these must-see spots:

The Washington Monument
The Pencil, otherwise known as the Washington Monument, is one of the nation’s most recognizable structures. It’s the first thing we saw as we flew into into DC.

It was built to honor George Washington.

The obelisk-shaped memorial is made up of marble, granite and blue-stone gneiss. It’s the world’s tallest structure made of stone and the tallest obelisk, at 555 feet tall.

Abraham Lincoln Memorial
A white stone building with 36 columns and featuring a solitary 19-foot-tall statue of Abraham Lincoln sitting in contemplation, flanked on both sides with inscriptions of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and his most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address.

The views over the reflecting pool to the Washington Monument are amazing.

World War II Memorial

At the east end of the Reflecting Pool sits the World War II Memorial, which honors all 16 million people who served the American armed forces, including more than 400,000 who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

It contains 56 granite columns that symbolize unity among the 48 states, seven federal territories and the District of Columbia. And the two 43-foot tall structures highlight America’s victory on the Atlantic and Pacific fronts during World War II.

The U.S. Capitol Building

The domed U.S. Capitol building is where the business of Washington – and America – happens, and is a massive network of buildings, offices and meeting rooms.

We got to do a private tour thanks to a friend who works at the Capitol Building. We went on a Sunday when the Capital is closed so we had the whole place to ourselves.

White House

We just took pictures outside the White House since we didn’t have time to do the tour.

Battle of Iwo Jima

Dedicated in 1954, the Marine Corps War Memorial (or the Iwo Jima Memorial, as it’s often unofficially referred to) honors every Marine who has served since the founding of the Marines in 1775. The design of the memorial was inspired by Joe Rosenthal’s Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. It features six 32-foot figures raising a 60-foot bronze flagpole. The entire memorial is 78 feet tall.

U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Cameras were NOT allowed on the tour so the closest thing we got to actually money was this million dollar case full of ten dollar bills ya’ll!

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

What’s great about DC is that its monuments and memorials are FREE and open to the public 24 hours a day! You can’t beat seeing the Hope Diamond for FREE!!!

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