Best things to do in Washington and sightseeing in Washington
Lincoln Memorial - Washington
Best place to get a view of Washington Memorial, The Capitol and National Mall
After a very solemn and somber mood at the previous monuments, next stop was Lincoln Memorial. The monument looked spectacular at night. The view of the Washington Monument with its reflection in the pool was simply mind-blowing.
I had an amazing time photographing around the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
Capitol Hill - Washington
We followed some Chinese tourists into the Senate and to our utter surprise they were admitting tourist to see running senate session in session at Capitol Hill. Remember not to carry any liquid, it won't be allowed inside. The place was swarmed my people protesting against Govt shut down too!
The first stop of the evening was the Capitol Hill. There he showed us the map in front of the Capitol Hill ground. The map resembles an owl, a very powerful symbol of the ancient secret societies. Andy said there are many such symbols that lie in front of everybody’s eyes but people seldom recognize them. He said how the Capitol Hill was built and told us the story that during War of 1812, how British had set fire to the entire city but strangely enough it rained very heavily that night which put out most of the fire. This event gave Americans a lot of hope and they believed that it was some kind of divine intervention and they regrouped and fought back against the British. He also talked about the grass which according to him symbolizes life. Also grass can grow anywhere and it actually grows back again after winters. He also spoke about the three symbols The Capitol Hill, The White house and the Washington monument (which signifies freedom) make three corners of a perfect triangle. As Andrew was overwhelming us with information my friend got busy in taking pictures of the spectacular view of the Capitol Hill under lights.
Korean War Veterans Memorial - Washington
After Thomas Jefferson memorial the next stop was Korean War memorial. Which is a memorial dedicated to the memory of the veterans who fought the Korean War.
Next we walked over to the Korean War Veterans Memorial. The United States joined the United Nations forces against Korea in 1950 till 1953. To the men and women who served, the Korean War could never be a forgotten war. It was dead quiet as we wondered around the big statues of the soldiers and I couldn’t even imagine what war must be like. The Korean War Veterans Memorial honors those Americans who have fought and gave their lives for the “cause of freedom”. I personally am not a supporter of ANY war, I think it is pointless and devastating to have families fall apart and loose loved ones, all because of greed, but let’s not get into that!
Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Washington
An eerie spot with names of thousands of American soldiers who served in the Vietnam war. You find war veterans narrating their war heroics and stories to the tourists. Catching a chat with them if intriguing.
The next stop was Vietnam War memorial. The memorial has three different parts namely the Three Soldiers statue, the Vietnam Women’s memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The wall had several things (photos, wreaths etc) that were laid at its bottom as a mark of respect for the fallen soldiers by their families and loved ones. I noticed one man breaking down to tears on finding a name on the wall. Andy gave lot information about the memorial and one striking thing was the black marble stones used for the walls were polished at namma Bangalore. At the end of the tour when we were back in the bus, Andy asked us about the thoughts for the Vietnam War Memorial, everyone was quiet. It was very solemn moment. Only thing that was going on in my mind at that moment was “well Bangalore doesn’t export only software engineers to US but also contributed for something very significant to that country’s history”. Of course I did not speak out those words.
The White House - Washington
Hello Obamas! White house can be seen two-way. frontal and the rare view. Both have their own perfection in beauty and grandaure.
After the Iwo Jima memorial the next and final destination of the evening was the much awaited White House. The immaculate ‘White House’ with bright lights and the lawns looked like a dream come true vision. Only regret was could not see Mr. President or first family. With visit to the White house our tour for the evening came to a grand ending. The night tour was worth every cent. It was not only a visual spectacle but Andy our guide also made it special with his humorous and informative narration. Finally, I would recommend the DC by night tour as a ‘must-see’ for anybody visiting Washington DC. This certainly is not the end of the story I have more so stay tuned…
Thomas Jefferson Memorial - Washington
After World War-II memorial next stop was Thomas Jefferson memorial. Before entering the monument Andy our guide showed us a trick with a fork, which he said, was the Thanksgiving treat which he had promised earlier. The Jefferson memorial has the references to the Roman Pantheon and Jefferson’s own design for the Rotunda at the University of Virginia.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum - Washington
World War II Memorial - Washington
After the spectacular view of the Capitol Hill, the next stop was World War-II memorial. It was a very beautiful place. Andy showed us the two walls leading towards memorial. The two walls signify the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, across which America had fought the war. There were many sculptures embedded in the walls depicting the hard work and toil of the people of America during the war. Andy actually provided us with a whole bunch of information about the memorial. Like, the ‘Freedom Wall’ with 4048 golden stars each of which represented 100 American soldiers who died in war with a message in front of the wall that read “Here we mark the price of freedom”.