Washington DC was an “absolute must” on our trip schedule. The Cherry Blossoms were calling my name. I have always hoped to be in DC during the blossoming of these beautiful trees. On March 27, 1912, Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City gifted 3020 Japanese Cherry Trees to the city of Washington DC to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan (find out more on wikipedia.com).
Our Florida Marlins were at the Nationals for the opening day. What better way to ring in our DC visit then to go to the Nationals vs Marlins game. Although we did not bring home the win, we had a great time kicking off the week (beer, hotdogs and peanuts were a bonus)!
Ted was very interested in visiting the monuments (especially the Lincoln Memorial), so we did a night tour, which took us to the White House (super cool), Lincoln Memorial, FDR Memorial and Iwo Jima. Washington DC is really amazing at night. Our tour guide was super informative of the entire city, which helped us make decisions as to what we wanted to do the next couple of days.
It was an absolute must to visit the Library of Congress. Trip advisor raved about it and many people said it was one of the best spots they visited while in DC. No appointment necessary. We took one of the tours that are offered. Our guide was very attentive, informative and was able to answer all questions our group threw at her. After the tour we went on our own and visited some of the high lights at the library. The Library of Congress is free admission. They rely on donations and or gift shop purchases. I did not disappoint 🙂 The Library of Congress collection contains 17 million catalog records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources. You can access these records at no charge at the Library of Congress website. Our next stop was the National WW II Memorial. Hard to believe that over 400k American soldiers lost their lives during that war. Very grateful and proud moment to visit the memorial.
On Wednesday night we decided to do a date night at the Ford Theater. The musical, Ragtime, was performing that evening. With the purchase of our theater tickets, we were able to get into the Lincoln museum prior to the show. That in itself was worthy of the visit. The show was amazing. There is not a bad seat in the house.
Thursday was our last day in DC. When it was decided we were going to DC, it was top on the bucket list to visit Arlington National Cemetery. We both felt we had to pay our respects to the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. We made sure we witnessed the Changing of the Guard. This ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 365/24/7 rain, sleet or snow. A very meaningful experience.