Everywhere you walk in Washington, D.C., there’s one monument that makes sure to make you feel welcome.
The powers placed the Washington Monument high atop a hill on the National Mall, in the center of America’s capital city.
“Built in honor of the United State’s first President, George Washington, this National Monument stands as the tallest structure in Washington, D.C. Shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, it is 555-feet, 5/8-inches high and made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss. It took 36 years to complete. From the top viewers enjoy 30 to 40 miles visibility in clear weather.”
On Easter Sunday, my dear wife Karen and I walked from our hotel at F and 7th to the base of this national beauty.
We hoped to take the elevator to the top, and saw no line waiting at the entrance house. Alas, the sentry stationed at the elevator entrance explained why to folks who got to him a moment ahead of us. Ticket-holders only. They’d sold out the day before, down in the building below, at the base of the hill. That’s the usual, he explained.
So we knew that our original premise would still hold. This trip to D.C. would investigate the outside of our monuments and museums.
Our disappointment was fleeting.
There’s so much to see. Another visit another year will be planned differently, to secure the tickets needed and plan the hours needed to go inside these magnificent places.
Still, there’s so much to admire right in front of us.
If I’m to pick one word to describe our time spent in Washington, D.C., from plane touching down at Reagan International on Friday afternoon to taking lift off for home here in Syracuse, N.Y. early Monday afternoon, it would be: Inspirational.
The people, the personality, the places, the significance of what’s been done and what can still be achieved, all came together to refresh me in a way that put a spring to my step and hope in my heart.
On this Sunday pleasantly in the mid-60s F, we continued on our way, around the Tidal Basin, where we encountered the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Memorials built to honor Jefferson, FDR and Martin Luther King Jr. And then we looped the Reflecting Pool — drained for construction improvements, but the sacred place nonetheless — for stops at those to pay tribute to the veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Photographs of all of those places will come as I continue my week of D.C. themes, hopefully bringing those of you who have not had a chance to visit America’s capital and maybe even those who have the opportunity to see things you’ll appreciate anew from the eye of my iPhone 6.
First, though, here’s one more full bite of the Washington Monument, as seen from across the gate from the back of the White House.
Now, a gallery of Washington Monument photographs I took from many different vantage points throughout the city. Enjoy the different backdrops and reveals.
Click on any photo for its description. Click on the bottom right photo for an enlarged slide show.
Coming tomorrow: Our Significant Leaders
See Thursday: Cherry Blossom Festival
Have you ever been to the Washington Monument, and if so, what’s your memory of it? If you haven’t been, is the scene different from what you imagined, and if so, why? What’s your favorite photo, and why?