ART, WANDERLUST

48 Hours in Washington, DC

06/01/2016

Lincoln memorial national mall Washington dc

This past weekend James and I made a quick getaway to capital city, Washington, DC Coincidentally, the city was the prime destination for all the festivities and commemorations taking place during the Memorial Day weekend. After a good night rest and settling in to our beautiful apartment right on Pennsylvania Avenue (hooray for airbnb) we made our way to the National Mall, America’s most visited national park nicknamed “America’s front yard”. The National Mall has been the center stage for many Historical gatherings such as Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Spanning over 4 miles of land, the National Mall holds some of the most prestigious monuments in the world. Seeing this majestic land for the first time was a breathtaking experience.

weekend getaway in washington dc

Lincoln Memorial design structure was inspired by ancient Greek temples. Its 36 columns represent one state in the U.S. at the date of President Lincoln’s death.

Washington Memorial Reflection Pool National Mall

The Washington Monument is located across the Lincoln Memorial towards the east side of the Reflecting Pool. The 555 feet monument remains the world’s tallest stone structure and obelisk.

Veteran's memorial plaza national mall Washington dc

Photo by James

Korean War Veterans Memorial sculpture national mall Washington dc

The Korean War Veterans Memorial is located on The National Mall in Washington, DC, in West Potomac Park

 

Veteran Memorial national mall Washington dc

 

Washington D.C. The White House Obama

The White House

After grabbing a quick-lunch from one of the various food trucks surrounding the National Mall area, we made our way towards the White House, less than a five-minute walk from the newly renovated Renwick Gallery. The museum is currently hosting WONDER, an exciting collective exhibition who is instagram and awe worthy.

Washington D.C. Smithsonian Museum Renwick Gallery Contemporary Art

Renwick Gallery

Our second day was used to explore some of the popular neighborhoods surrounding the D.C area. The Dupont Circle area offered a diverse choice of shops and restaurant.  Georgetown’s tree-lined cobblestone streets and water Canals were a perfect backdrop for a late night stroll after dinner.

Adams Morgan Washington dc

Adams Morgan’ historic road houses hold many bars, restaurants, cafes and even art galleries. This makes it an ideal destination for some night-time adventures.  During the second Sunday in September, “visitors will enjoy the annual Adams Morgan Day, featuring live music and international food from around the world.”

Adams Morgan Washington dc Architecture road houses

washed ashore art to save the sea Smithsonian zoo

Few hours before our departure we visited the Smithsonian National Zoo, who is currently hosting Washed Ashore: Art to save the sea. The exhibition hopes to bring awareness to the ongoing problem with pollution and how it affects our bodies of water and their inhabitants. It consists of 17 marine wildlife sculptures made from plastic pollution recovered from the oceans.

washed ashore art to save the sea smithsonian zoo

washed ashore art to save the sea Smithsonian zoo Washington d.c.

To learn more about this historical city and to plan your visit click or tap here.

Photos By: Me! Priscilla Torres

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