Washington, D.C.

The NPS's National Mall and Memorial Park, known as The National Mall, has a large collection of monuments and memorials dedicated to past presidents and wars.

My name is not Bond, James Bond. But that didn’t mean I couldn’t learn how to be a spy at the International Spy Museum. From real world cameras hidden in brief cases and a German enigma machine to one of Bond’s famous cars and Jaws’ metal teeth, the museum was ready to educate and entertain. […]

Everyone knows about the various Smithsonian museums along the National Mall in Washington, D.C. but did you know they also operate the National Zoo? This 163-acre park on a hillside is a thrill to explore with lots of animals from around the world. It’s fairly easy to reach the zoo and even easier to walk […]

My 15 Favorite Travel Photos from Washington, D.C.

For three years in a row I spent a week around my birthday in Washington, D.C. I explored the National Mall and visited several monuments, visited the Smithsonian Museums, found some great local places to eat, and hiked miles and miles. Each year I found something different to do and some new neighborhood to explore. […]

I wish I could have met Martin Luther King, Jr. If he was anything like the monument found along The National Mall in Washington, D.C., he must have been a powerful, imposing man because that is how I felt at the memorial. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial is one of the newest in […]

Day Trip: Hiking Around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.

Maybe I shouldn’t use the word hiking to describe this little day trip in Washington, D.C. When I think of hiking, I picture the rugged terrain of the Appalachian Trail. Still, this is exactly what you can do around the Tidal Basin while exploring some monuments and memorials, enjoying the beautiful scenery, and learning about […]

The General William T. Sherman Memorial sits in a little plaza adjacent to the White House, right off 15th Street NW. This makes it a popular destination for tourists wandering through the area and an easy one to find. It’s also the location for meetings and parties so on occasion you’ll find secrete service agents […]

Two years visiting Washington, D.C., and I still haven’t seen water pouring through the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain. But that’s alright, because the “front porch” of Union Station features some of the most beautiful architecture in the city, so I’m just as happy to look at the dry fountain. As an added bonus, it’s one […]

National Mall Monuments: Vietnam Women’s Memorial

The Vietnam Women’s Memorial is one of those hidden, undiscovered memorials on the National Mall that is still just as important as ones the grace the cover of magazines. This memorial is dedicated to the women who served as nurses, treating the wounded during the Vietnam War. The statue depicts three nurses tending to a […]

National Mall Monuments: The Korean War Veterans Memorial

The beautifully designed Korean War Veterans Memorial was built around the concept of larger than life statues depicting the men who served during this war in American history, and they will stare right back at you. The memorial is easily accessed along the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial, making it a very popular place […]

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is an open-air memorial around the Tidal Basin dedicated to the 32nd president of the United States. The memorial is a long series of alcoves, statues, and engravings that takes you through his 12-year term as president. It’s my favorite memorial in the capital and I find myself drawn here […]

National Mall Monuments: The Jefferson Memorial

The Jefferson Memorial is one of the most unique and outstanding of all the memorials along The National Mall. A larger than life statue of Jefferson is the centerpiece of the cavernous memorial at the edge of The Basin. It’s one of the best places in Washington, D.C. to watch the sunset, sit back and […]