The last few days have been windy and cool and rainy. But today was to be a beautiful sunny day, and it did not disappoint. We went to Greenbelt Station and took the Green Line into DC. We got off at Chinatown and found a restaurant there for lunch.
After lunch we walked to where the cherry blossoms are. This took us by the White House and by the Washington Monument, across the National Mall, and down towards the Jefferson Memorial. On the way we enjoyed seeing all the different styles of architecture in the city. One in particular that got our attention was the Dwight D Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
Our walk took us by the north side of the White House. There is always a crowd of people on the north side as well as the south side. The streets on both sides are closed off to traffic.
A few blocks further south brings us to the National Mall where we walked by the World War II Memorial. The reflecting pond and the Lincoln Memorial can be seen in the distance.
The Washington Monument is across the road from the WWII Memorial, we walked around to where the cherry blossoms are blooming to get a nice picture.
Then south of there is where all the excitement is. There were thousands of people here, busloads of tourists and school field trips. There was live entertainment and a food tent, so we enjoyed the music and had an ice cream sandwich for dessert. I’m so glad we got to see this.
Taking the train was so much the right thing to do. Traffic was thick with tourists and busses and I don’t even know where they all parked. There is a Metro stop just a few blocks from here and we caught the train for the Greenbelt Station just as rush hour was beginning.
- Gasoline Expense: $19.90 @ $3.62
- Lodging Expense: $8
- Transportation: $18