1. Washington Monument
It was my first time to visit the capital city of the United States.
I was surprised at how pleasant the city was, a great place to walk around and check out the many familiar sites of historical significance.
Like visiting the attractions in Egypt, I already had so many mental pictures engrained into my mind of Washington DC – but seeing everything in reality was just so much better.
I decided to convert a few iconic photos of Washington DC into black and white for this photo essay.
2. National Archives
The National Archives is home to some of the most important foundational documents of the United States including the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence (strictly no photos allowed inside).
3. Streets of DC
The central area of importance is known as The National Mall. The streets are well organized and filled with a pleasant selection of historical buildings.
4. Jefferson Memorial
Along with the cherry blossom trees, the view across the shadowy lake at Jefferson Memorial was spectacular!
5. Lincoln Memorial
Abraham Lincoln is one of the most famous former presidents of the United States. His memorial was much grander than I had previously imagined!
6. Cherry Blossoms
I happen to be in Washington DC for the National Cherry Blossoms Festival which takes place this year from March 20 – April 27. The trees were in full bloom, an intricate sea of white and pink flowers brightening up the city.
7. The White House
No visit to Washington DC would be the same without a first hand view of the most famous residence in the nation: The White House.
8. U.S. Capitol
But the most iconic landmark of all, depicted on the US $50 note, is the United States Capitol!