DC Day 1
More highlights from our second day. I will show more details of these amazing sights in other posts.
Another HOT HOT HOT day. We partake of the complimentary breakfast at the hotel.
Then head out to catch the Hop On Hop Off (HOHO) bus with our 48 hour tickets. As we start walking down to the Mall we notice that there is a bus stop right at Washington Circle.
We board and ride the yellow line to Union Station to activate our tickets.
Some photos along Constitution. Constitution Avenue NW is bordered by a number of important buildings and attractions. Beginning in the west are several independent federal agencies and institutes, as well as the headquarters of several large associations. These buildings include the United States Institute of Peace, the American Institute of Pharmacy, the National Academy of Sciences, the Federal Reserve, the Department of the Interior, and the Organization of American States.
There will be many photos of Washington Memorial as we were often very close to it.
This was John's first shot of the back of the White House when the bus stopped for a photo opportunity. Little did we know until we downloaded it that the helicopter was on the lawn and there were sharpshooters on the roof!
Union Station - magnificent!It opened in 1907 and at its height during World War II some 200,000 people passed through it every day. It is also the headquarters for Amtrak
Columbus Fountain by American sculptor Lorado Taft, is a semicircular double-basin fountain with a shaft (h. 45 ft.) in the center. The front of the shaft bears a full-length portrait of Christopher Columbus (approx. h. 15 ft.) wearing a mantle, staring forward with his hands folded in front of him. Beneath him is a ship prow that features a winged figurehead that represents the observation of discovery. A globe, representing theWestern hemisphere, is on top of the shaft with four eagles on each corner connected by garland. The left and right sides of the shaft have two male figures decorating them. The right side figure is an elderly man, representing the Old World, and on the let side is a figure of a Native American, representing the New World. The back of the shaft has a low-relief medallion (approx. d. 3 ft.) with images of Ferdinand & Isabella. Two lions (approx. h. 5 ft.), placed away from the base, guard the left and right side of the fountain.
Some sights along the red line.
Our first, but not last, frustration with Big Bus service. We waited over thirty minutes for the blue bus.
Crossing into Arlington, across the bridge from Lincoln Memorial. you can see the bridge in the photo below taken from the top at Arlington.
Entrance to Arlington.
The Robert E. Lee Memorial is the pinkish building at the top of the hill. The residence of Robert E. Lee and his family before the Civil War, Arlington House has a unique and interesting story, with connections to many important figures, issues and events in American History. Built by George Washington Parke Custis and his slaves between 1802 and 1818, the house and grounds have served many purposes over the last two hundred years: a family home for the Lees and Custises, a plantation estate and home to 63 slaves, a monument honoring George Washington, a military headquarters, a community for emancipated slaves and a national cemetery.
The view looking towards the Lincoln Memorial from Arlington.
John snapped these photos of the Pentagon despite warnings that no photos were allowed.
Another ten minute wait outside Pentagon City shopping mall.
We get a quick photo of the Jefferson Memorial.
Finally back for lunch and it is gone 2 PM.Lunch at the famous Willard Hotel, a historic luxury Beaux-Arts hotel located at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW It is two blocks east of the White House. As of May 2014, rooms at the Willard Hotel start at $489 per night, with suites starting at $900 per night.
The present 12-story structure, designed by famed hotel architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, opened in 1901. It suffered a major fire in 1922 which caused $250,000 ($3,522,366 as of 2014), in damages. Among those who had to be evacuated from the hotel were Vice President Calvin Coolidge, several U.S. senators, composer John Philip Sousa, motion picture producer Adolph Zukor, newspaper publisher Harry Chandler, and numerous other media, corporate, and political leaders who were present for the annual Gridiron Dinner. For many years the Willard was the only hotel from which one could easily visit all of downtown Washington, and consequently it has housed many dignitaries during its history.
Crab and salmon cake.
Then we decide we would walk to the Mall and visit the American History Museum. All Smithsonian museums are free even the zoo!! So it makes it easy to pop in for a while, use the bathrooms and have a bite. It is also great when it is so hot out!
There is a display about transportation currently taking place and it was fun to visit.
Imagine - all these free museums!!
We head towards the Information Centre shown above.
Around the Information Cetnre are gardens and sculptures.
By now we were dragging a little so we hopped on the first HOHO bus which happened to be the red line which went around the tidal basin past the Jefferson Memorial.
Even managed to get a shot of him inside! Debated getting off but too hot and too late in the day. The bus also went by the Martin Luther King Memorial but you can't get a good view from the bus.
We get off the bus at the Lincoln Memorial, and troopers that we are, decided that we would visit the Vietnam Memorial.