I was so glad to be going back to Washington, DC. I can’t believe that it’s been almost 20 years. I’ve always loved the city, even if, at times, it seems a bit contrived. The DC Landmarks, cleanliness, architectural consistency, and free museums make it a great place to visit. Although it mainly focuses on American experiences and history, it is still quite enjoyable.
It’s pretty apparent to me that it’s due to cold weather when I enjoy a vacation or trip a little bit less. Well, that certainly wasn’t the case this past week. We had a couple of days where the temperature was 23 to 25 degrees Celsius. It was only our last day. It was cold and rainy as we were heading home. All around us, the oak leaves were falling, and the acorns were covered on the ground, much to the delight of the grey squirrels. I’d forgotten how much I missed oak trees. There seemed to be so many more around Montreal, where I grew up.
Major DC Landmarks Map
Four to five days in Washington isn’t enough, but we could see and do a lot. We decided to spend the money to take the Washington Trolley Moonlight Tour. We spent one day walking around shopping and going to churches in Georgetown. We went to ilCanale for Happy Hour and had great fancy cocktails and appetizers, all for under $60.
We found the Happy Hour approach was a great one and did it the following evening as well.
The other days were spent visiting museums and walking around the core area of The Mall. We did take a free walking tour that was highly informative. The route ran from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial.
Do you know the difference between a Monument and a Memorial?
It is pretty simple. A memorial is in memory of someone who has already died, while a monument is for someone who is still alive.
Washington DC Landmarks: Monuments by Moonlight Nighttime Trolley Tour
They claim they’re the top-rated Washington DC Night Tours with experienced tour guides. Our guide, Smiley, was fantastic, and it was very nice to see the various monuments and memorials lit up at night. We certainly acquired quite a bit of knowledge we didn’t know from Smiley.
While it was worth the money, I did not appreciate standing in line for 45 minutes before we could get onto the trolley bus. I don’t mind walking, but standing in one place for very long is too much for my legs. Everything was adequately arranged and systematic, but I do not understand why it was so slow. It put a damper on the beginning of the tour of 2 1/2 hours.
It was about 17 degrees Celsius, and while it got a little chilly driving from one location to another, most of the time, it was fantastic.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know we make a point of visiting botanical gardens whenever we can
U.S. Botanic Garden Presents DC Landmarks Made From Plants