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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” [Martin Luther King, Jr.]

Heck yah Mr. King! I love that quote so much! And seeing his massive memorial is only one of the many highlights you can expect when visiting Washington DC. Welcome to the Capitol, or as I like to call it…the memorial playground! 

Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial in Washington DC

Welcome to Washington DC State Sign

Even though I could not add a tally to my 48 State U.S. Road Trip state list by crossing the DC border there was definitely something symbolic about making it to the Nation’s Capitol City.

Washington DC state map

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In 1791, Maryland and Virginia each donated land to form this district, named after George Washington, and create the new national capital. Less than 70 square miles, this historical hub definitely packs in the monuments and sights into a super tiny area.

Washington DC Lincoln Memorial

 I have been to DC multiple times but it never ceases to amaze me. It was, however, my first time driving a car here. Like other large metropolitan cities it winds up being more of a pain to deal with parking than utilizing public transport.

Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC

Vietnam Wall in Washington DC

Luckily, I did find parking (miles away from where I wanted to) and set out on foot to see the sights. I am a binge watcher of ‘House of Cards’ and various other political/crime/thriller type movies and shows but seeing these landmarks in person is fantastic!

Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC

Lincoln Memorial Reflection Pool

There is something intoxicating about the proximity of sheer power. Just knowing you are in the midst of people that live, die and [heaven knows what else] in order to obtain a piece of it is quite fascinating.

Washington Memorial in Washington DC

The National Mall and Memorial Parks map is easy to navigate with (click on map for full version).


In addition to the main monuments and museums I highly recommend visiting the National Cathedral. Where else can you see a Darth Vader version of a gargoyle?

Washington DC National Cathedral

Yup. You read that correctly. In the 80’s the Cathedral held a competition and the winners were able to design their own grotesques. Thus, Darth Vader was created.

Darth Vader Washington DC National Cathedral

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They also have a stained glass space window dedicated to Apollo 11 with a piece of moon rock inside. It is a beautiful building and these fun finds just make it even better!

The White House in Washington DC

I can’t recommend enough that you explore Washington DC at some point. In addition to the sights, there are endless family activities and a fun nightlife scene.

Did you know that the Washington National’s baseball team mascots (previous U.S. presidents) race around the field at each home game? It makes me giggle so much.

And this awesome time lapse video:

Washington DC time lapse from Richard Bentley on Vimeo.

Have any favorite spots in DC? Planning a trip there soon? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below. 🙂

Read about Amy’s entire 48 state solo road trip here.

My solo 48 state road trip route - I can't recommend more that you explore as many states as possible! :D

Amy’s 48 state road trip route [starting @ home = Southern California] to: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming [again], Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada & UTAH!

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