The next trip I got the privilege to take with my senior government class was to the nations capitol, Washington D.C. It is only a four-hour drive from Central New Jersey and a location that every American should take the time to visit at least once in their lifetime.
Our trip was in mid-March, but I would advise future travelers to take the trip during the blooming of the cherry blossom trees or during the fall when you can enjoy the foliage. The weather was still chilly especially during our night tours of the monuments. Seeing the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial glow at night is a memorable experience. It also makes for great pictures!
There is really something for everyone in D.C. There are museums like the Smithsonian, the Newseum (which is great for aspiring journalists!), and the United States Holocaust Museum for the history buffs. If you are not into strolling through a museum or checking our famous monuments (but who isn’t?), you can try out the many different pubs and eateries in D.C. Unfortunately, I do not have much to comment about a great place to eat because with such a large group of us there was no time for fine dining. If you love politics, you can visit the Senate Building or many of the presidential libraries.
If you enjoy the performing arts, you can check out the Kennedy Center. My class and I got to see the theatrical play called Shear Madness, but you can also buy tickets for a Ballet, stand-up comedy, or a jazz concert to name a few. Our group also got to tour of the Arlington Cemetery and witnessed the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Senate building, the Washington Monument, and The Reflecting Pool where some other stops we made during our four day trip.
Our class stayed in a hotel right outside the D.C. area. We were lucky enough to have a coach bus as well as a tour guide who showed us the city. Right before we headed home, we took the 30-minute trip to Mount Vernon Estate, Virginia to see George Washington’s estate. The gorgeous property is located on the Potomac River. Both George and his wife Martha’s tomb can be found on the site.
I think Washington D.C. is truly a beautiful place to visit despite the bad reputation that it can sometimes get. The tourist areas of the city are meticulously kept, and the over sized buildings and monuments make you feel like you are on a different planet. It really is a great place to bring your family or take a trip with friends.