Seeing cherry blossoms in season for the first time in Washing DC was delightful. A pink splash with flecks of white covered the trees and made for a scene out of a movie. The atmosphere in Washington DC is very touristy – locals, out-of-towners and foreigners gather to visit historic places of interests. Security was visible and present almost everywhere, which gives you some peace of mind and is a big plus for me.
I was fortunate enough to enjoy accommodation with friends twice when I visited. This was easy on the pocket and extra pocket money went towards my experience (some nightlife adventures mostly!)
Listed below are some of the exciting places I visited while in Washington DC:
“In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”
This American National monument honours Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America. The Lincoln Memorial is located on the western end of the National Mall and overlooks the Reflecting Pool. The architecture is that of a classic Greek temple and the exterior is surrounded by columns. It was only after my visit to the Lincoln Memorial did I decide to read up in American presidents.
The Washington Monument is located to the east of the Lincoln Memorial at the end of the reflecting pool. It was built in commemoration of George Washington, the first President of the United States of America. To my disbelief, there was maintenance to the Washington Monument when I visited so my photos/ memories of it include scaffolding!
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum was established in 1946 and houses the largest collection of historic aircrafts and spacecrafts, in the world. It acts as a research centre into the history and science of aviation, spaceflight, planetary science, terrestrial geology and geophysics. Learning and experiencing history and science in these forms gave me a better appreciation in the simplicity of boarding a flight and travelling in time and space.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Also situated in the National Mall, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is a museum for all ages. Entrance is free and it is open every day of the year. The museum opened its doors in 1910 and its collection includes rocks, plants, animals, human remains, minerals, meteorites, fossils and human cultural artifacts. You really can get lost in all the fascination information for hours!
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
The aquarium and marine science center is located in Virginia Beach and consists of various exhibits including the Bay and Ocean Pavilion, Chesapeake Bay Aquarium, Chesapeake Light Tower Aquarium, Restless Planet, Marsh Pavilion (a nature trail through the marshlands), and an Aviary. There are various conservation, sustainable and protection projects that are on display to learn about. The highlight for me was touching stingrays in an enclosed pool area.
I was also able to spend some time on the beach, soaking up the sun and enjoying the Atlantic Ocean.
With sleek interiors, contemporary furnishings and modern lighting, Ultrabar was a definite treat. Free pass entry ensure that you have enough to take advantage of the cocktails and shooters. The Main Floor is voluminous with a more private Mezzanine level overlooking it. The Main Floor is house to renowned DJ’s as well as the local talent.
Other floors include the Basement (intimate and cozy), the Bedroom (lounge and relaxation), and Chroma (VIP level). The nightclubs also boasts six full service bars as well as bottle service. The private parties going on looked like an amazing night out.
- 18th Street Lounge
Consisting of five distinct lounges, the 18th Street Lounge caters for a diverse crowd. Reservations are required for events however; the Deck Bar is a laid-back, semi-opened air bar with adequate seating and space for some dancing.
Virginia-Maryland (Washington DC) was a learning experience for me. On this trip, I learned a considerable amount about America and I was still able to kick back and enjoy myself. It was a good, well-balanced experience.