24 Hours In Washington DC

November 07, 2017

If you fly 15000 miles to visit America and don't stop by the capital, trust me, your trip is incomplete.
Before visiting DC, the only thing that was exciting about the capital for me was the White house. The only thing from Washington DC that was in my travel bucket list was clicking a family photo in front of the white house. That's all. I honestly didn't know much about American history or politics. Being from a different country, the places in America that excited me were places like NYC, Vegas, Orlando, San Francisco etc, basically all the fun places. But I was so surprised. The capital of USA had so much more to offer and I am glad I went for it.


It was roughly a 4 and a half hours drive from New York. It was my first road trip in months. That too, in a land so far away from home. I was so happy. There's something about road trips. The never ending roads, beautiful woods and greenery by the sides, away from traffic jams and noise, you are on your own, just the perfect time to think about deep stuff. Works for me. We drove past places like New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland etc.

Washington DC travel blog

The first stop was the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History at the National Mall. Now The Smithsonian Institution has 19 museums, galleries, gardens and a zoo but you can only cover half of one museum if you have just one day. It was my parents' choice to visit the Natural History Museum. I honestly am not fond of museums, well that's what I think. But it's always me who comes out last. Well that's what I have realised lately. It is the most visited natural history museum in the whole world and fourth visited museum in the world. The museum has a collection of 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains and human cultural artefacts. My favourite section has to be the National Gem and Mineral collection and my favourite is the Hope Diamond which has Indian origin. The Museum was really interesting and I can't believe I am saying this but I actually had a great time. My brother is turning out to be a great photographer so I have got a tons of pictures from the Museum to see for yourself how amazing it is.

Washington DC travel blog Smithsonian Museum

Washington DC travel blog Smithsonian Museum

Washington DC travel blog Smithsonian Museum

Washington DC travel blog Smithsonian Museum

Washington DC travel blog Smithsonian Museum

Washington DC travel blog Smithsonian Museum

Washington DC travel blog Smithsonian Museum

Washington DC travel blog Smithsonian Museum

Washington DC travel blog Smithsonian Museum

We already spent more time in the museum than planned and we were running late but I stopped by at the streets to admire some really talented musicians and entertainers. I always stop by street performances. These people are extremely talented people and some stuff they do you won't see them anywhere else. I think one of the best things about traveling is these small things that are not in your list but gives you immense joy. My only wish was to click a family photo in front of the white house and anything else is just a bonus. So, I was not worried about missing out on things and I realised how good it felt when you don't worry about your itinerary.

The next stop was the United States Capitol. Before that we picked up our local guide. She showed around various building and talked about their significance before we stopped at The capitol. 

Washington DC travel blog

Washington DC travel blog

Capitol hill is the centre of the country's political life. Both the legislative and the judicial are located here. Our guide went on to explain the various buildings of the Capitol and their political importance. US is world's oldest democracy and the capitol building is the home. It was pretty interesting to know about the constitution of a country like America.

Washington DC travel blog capitol

Washington DC travel blog

Finally it was the time to visit the White House. On our way, we saw a number of embassies of different countries. Now, it's very important to know about the history of the White House if you want to know about America but I am going to share a small story here instead of talking about the white house. You can google that anyway. So, the time I went there, there was some kind of protest going on outside the white house with write ups like "No Wall, no ban". An old man, who's also a tourist, asked one of the girls what is it all about. I was curious too, so I stopped to listen. The girl looked at me and said "Why don't you explain it to him?" I didn't see that coming. I politely replied, " I don't know." So she's like "You're not American?" to which I replied " No, I am from India". Now this has happened a lot of times in my month long trip. The point of telling this story is that, in India if you ask anybody to describe the people of America, the first thing you would hear is they are white skinned. But after this, I realised America is not just the country of white people, it is equally the country of black, brown, yellow and okay even orange. I have been to a lot of countries but never have I been asked if I am one of them. So basically what I am trying to say here is, America is a country for all, anybody can call it home, irrespective of racial, cultural etc differences. And that is a very important thing I learnt about the Country outside the White House. Now I don't know how correct I am but that's what I feel.
And about the family photo, well I managed one and a really good one.

Washington DC travel blog White house

The next stop was the Lincoln Memorial. On our way, we drove past the Tidal Basin where every year spring is welcomed with a 3 week long cherry blossom festival which also signifies the friendship between Japan and America. We saw the Williard Hotel where Martin Luther King Jr. wrote the famous speech " I have a dream".
President Lincoln was one of the greatest presidents of the country. The monument is in the form of a greek doric temple which symbolises the Godlike status of the president. The building contains a large seated statue of Abraham Lincoln. The Memorial has been the seat of various famous speeches including "I have a dream".

Washington DC travel blog Lincoln Memorial

Washington DC travel blog Lincoln Memorial

Washington DC travel blog Lincoln memorial

Right in front of memorial is the reflecting pool.
In was already evening and a lot of locals were taking a walk or run by the pool. At the other end of the reflecting pool is the Washington Monument.

Washington DC travel blog washington monument
We decided to take a walk to the Washington Monument. It was a beautiful walk. The pool looked magical during the sunset. I don't know if it's just me but I have a list of memorable sunsets. And this is surely one of them.

Washington DC travel blog washington monument

So, that's all from Washington DC. After visiting this place, I have more things on Washington DC bucket list now and I can't wait to come back here.
I hope you liked the post. Stay tuned for more.

Love,
Sumelika ♥

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3 comments

  1. The US Capital is filled with a lot of awesome landmarks, museums, and architecture! Super awesome city indeed!

    Paulo Paradox | www.pauloparadox.com

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  2. nice story and nice pic. Great

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