Washington DC


What is there to see in the capital of USA?


For a Scandal fan like me, traveling to Washington DC was like checking off a bucket list. Sadly, I didn't see Olivia Pope on our sight-seeing! :P

Being the capital of United States of America, you can find almost all the government agencies here... Including the presidential office and residence-- THE White House!

Sadly, President Barack Obama was not there, too. He flew somewhere. We guessed. ;)

As the capital of a nation, it is understandably the home of famous national monuments and museums. So aside from THE White House...

You can also find-- the Capitol Hill, also known as the United States Congress. I learned that there are 540 rooms inside, that is almost as many as the lawmakers (both congressmen & senate)-- which are all connected by winding halls, tunnels and an underground train!

The best way to see most of Washington DC's monuments and museums is to actually stroll down the Mall, a green-way crowned by the Capitol and lined with treasure all the way to the Lincoln Memorial, by foot or by renting bicycles...

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The Lincoln Memorial is of course, the infamous statue of the 16th President of the United States, that sits immortalized in marble as an enduring symbol of unity, strength, and wisdom...

On the ground floor of Lincoln Memorial is the African American Museum honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement...

As you stepped outside of the memorial, you can find the exact spot where Martin Luther King Jr. had his speech...

Washington Monument, named for this place, is located at the center of the mall, is in honor of President George Washington, being the founder and the first president of the republic...

National World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during the World War II. It consists of 56 pillars arranged in semi-circle. Each pillar inscribed is the name of the 48 states of 1945, including the Commonwealth of the Philippines...

Smithsonian Institution Building, nicknamed as the Castle is a picturesque landmark in the mall...

It was built in red sandstone with Romanesque motif. It houses the Smithsonian Institution's administrative offices and information center...

As book nerds, our favorite landmark in Washington DC is the Library of Congress...

It has 23,592,066 cataloged books inside!!!

Although the Library is open to the public, only high-ranking government officials may check out books and materials...

The Library promotes literacy and American literature through projects such as the American Folklife Center, American Memory, Center for the Book and Poet Laureate...

There's so much to see in Washington DC. But we only spend a day and a half, so we didn't get to see everything. You can always check out their official website for monthly and free activities.

TRAVEL TIP: You can tour the White House and other museums for free! If you are a US citizen, you need to submit a request through your congressional office, six months in advance. For Non US, you need to contact your country's embassy in DC for the tour arrangement. (For Philippine passport holders, you need to befriend Kris Aquino!) 

As for our #frenchiatpinay tip: Always start planning with a map! 


What's your favorite capital city? What did you like about it?