Actually, I’ve walked on the National Mall with family and friends already, but my husband has either been away or unable to come with us. He hasn’t been able to see any of the monuments and memorials and with the weather turning, we wanted to make sure we make of the time we have before Winter.
This past Sunday was beautiful out.
A couple months ago, I drove up to the National Mall area on a Sunday and surprisingly found that parking wasn’t as bad as I thought. So, I thought it would be fine for us to drive up (it’s only about 30 minutes on the weekend to drive for us). We found a cute brunch place near the GWU area and decided to park there. It’s only a handful of blocks away from the National Mall too.
PRO TIP: Plan day trips into Washington DC on a Sunday because parking is free and not a lot of huge crowds.
Our priority destination was the Lincoln Memorial and I really wanted to go to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, among other things. On our way there, we passed the Vietnam War Memorial and on our way to the National Archives, we passed the Korean War Memorial.
It seemed fitting for us to pass all the war memorials with Veterans Day upcoming.
The walk to the National Archives was a nice long one. I was pretty much bubbling with anticipation. Once we got in, we went around the exhibits and I was blown away at all the different things that were saved in our Nation’s history. The main exhibit area highlighted major social movements from Womens Suffrage to Immigration Reform and Civil Rights. There were some facinating declassified missions too.
Once we got through the exhibits, we finished our visit by going into the Rotunda where the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights are held. What an incredible experience! The biggest bummer about the National Archives is that you can’t take any pictures! So, I strongly encourage if you are in the Washington DC area, you MUST stop by the National Archives. How could you NOT see the major documents that pretty much founded our country?!
As we walked back to where our car was parked, we stumbled upon the White House. Obviously we stopped and took our token photo in front!