Memorial Day Weekend in Washington D.C.

Last weekend we had the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. during the Memorial Day celebrations. We flew from MIA to DCA on AA by using the vouchers that my in-laws received in their trip to Spain last year, and we stayed for 3 days at the W Washington DC hotel two blocks from the White House on SPG points. I will include a review of the hotel on subsequent post.

This was my third visit to Washington D.C., and I have to say it was the best one of all. Spending Memorial Day in D.C. was a very humbling experience. The city was full of war veterans, U.S. troops and people paying their respects to the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have paid the ultimate price while defending our country and those who have and continue to serve our country so that we can have the freedom to travel wherever we want to and so that we can sleep safely every night. Thank you all!

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

We visited many landmarks while in D.C. The first order of business on the first day was Arlington National Cemetery, where we saw the change of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, visited JFK’s grave as well as Bobby and Ted Kennedy’s, and walked the grounds reading the names of thousands of U.S. troops buried on the site.

Arlington-National-Cemetery

JFK's grave

JFK’s grave

Right after Arlington, we visited all the monuments west of the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Wall. The Vietnam Wall visit was surreal, as there were hundreds of people lined up to visit, thousands of flowers, photographs of the heroes brought by their families, and tributes from everyone. There were hundreds of thousands of veteran bikers in the city coming from all parts of the country for a motorcycle parade to honor their fallen friends who couldn’t ride with them. Very surreal experience.

Vietnam Wall Memorial

Vietnam Wall Memorial

Korean War Memorial

Korean War Memorial

Korean War Memorial

Korean War Memorial

After the memorials we walked all the way across the Mall to the museums and visited the National Air and Space Museum and the American History Museum. Most of the DC museums are free of charge, which is great because everyone takes their young kids to learn about our country and it makes it affordable for families to visit.

We visited the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and I also got my baseball fix and was a Washington Nationals fan for a day.

Nationals-Phillies-game

White-house

U.S. Capitol

Lincoln-Memorial

Overall, it was a great experience, and I just wish we would have had a few more days to visit more museums such as the National Archives and the Newseum, which I’ve read it’s great.

More details on this trip and how we actually got there and stayed for free to follow on later articles.

 

 

 

 

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