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Touring the Washington Monument

About the Trip

Gain a new perspective of this giant 555 foot stone structure dedicated to George Washington; from the inside out. If you pass the security check, you will be handsomely rewarded with access to an elevator ride up to the 500 foot observation deck. A bona fide park ranger will bestow you with a wealth of interesting historical facts. On a clear day, you can see up to 30 miles from all angles of this beauty. Once you get an up close and personal tour of this inner obelisk, you will forever view its exterior in a whole new light.

Admission to the Monument is “free,” but you will have to pay a service charge for your tickets.  You will also want to book your reservation online and far in advance. We booked this trip on October 3, 2008 online at: http://www.recreation.gov/tourParkDetail.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=77811 NOTE: If you are planning a trip to DC in the spring or summer, make sure to book your reservation at the very beginning of spring….seriously.

Since we live right down the road from DC, we decided to drive into DC and park on one of the side streets.  We actually got a pretty good parking spot too!  Our tour was scheduled for 11:30 am, but we had to pick up our tickets at the gift shop, which is located right next to the Monument 30 minutes before the tour–if you cannot find the gift shop, just ask the park ranger or a friendly tourist who is waiting in line.

WHAT WE BROUGHT

A camera, a car, street clothes, and our smiles.

HIGHLIGHTS

The views from the top were incredible!  On the way down, if you look through the elevator window, you will be able to see parts of the original monument in the elevator shaft (see the picture at the end of this post.)  The weather was beautiful and the sky was the prettiest shade of blue.  Most people always see the Monument from far away, but to really appreciate its beauty, treat yourself with an up close and personal tour of it.

LIVE AND LEARN

When we travel, we love to share our adventures with our friends and family.  Pictures, as we all know, do not ever do the sites and scenery justice.  It is all about the actual experience.  We would really like to take our family and friends to visit this “obelisk of opportunity” next time.

[warning]This trip is not recommended for people who are claustrophobic or have a fear of heights![/warning]


Show me the dough

Service charge for 2 tickets=$3.00
Fuel cost= approximately $.50

GRAND TOTAL: $3.50


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The Cherry Blossom Festival

About the Trip

Towards the end of March, the Cherry Blossom trees awaken throughout the city of DC. Given as a gift from the Japanese as a token of friendship in 1912, these blossoms resemble mounds of pink fluffy cotton candy that transform the entire city into a kaleidoscope of color. We toured the Tidal Basin around dinnertime, when the crowds were not as dense.

[info]Don’t forget your camera![/info]

WHAT WE BROUGHT

A camera, our metro cards, light jackets, and comfy shoes.

HIGHLIGHTS

The highlights of this short little jaunt were of course the Cherry Blossoms. We toured the Roosevelt Memorial, walked through the park to the Reflecting Pool, and escaped the crowds to lounge under a canopy of Cherry Blossoms that lined the Potomac River.

LIVE AND LEARN

We should have brought a better camera, taken more pictures, and dressed more appropriately. The wind was chilly and as the sun went down, it got much colder. And we should have viewed the blossoms at their peak bloom. The blossoms are so fragile that even the slightest wind can tear the petals off.


Show me the dough

Metro trip for 2 = $10.00

GRAND TOTAL: $10.00


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