Washington, D.C.

Georgetown at sunset2
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I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I haven’t been to our nation’s capital in many, many years. I can’t remember the last time I visited and enjoyed everything Washington, D.C. has to offer. The fact that I used to live a few hours north and never went in my adult years only heightens my embarrassment.

Washington is very pretty. I was there for less than 24 hours for a work thing, and I wish I had more time to explore. (Although, exploring a city solo isn’t really my thing, so I guess I wished that Kenny and the kids were there, too, so we could explore together. I am a bit of a chicken when it comes to solo adventures. What can I say?) I love history – and am the type of person that gets internally emotional / “overwhelmed by the significance” when visiting historical sites. I am a big believer in understanding and respecting the past so you can shape a better future. In fact, I started out my college career in Education, with plans to become a high school history teacher. I changed majors mid-way through to Journalism and, today, I do nothing related to history whatsoever. Hahaha.

I did have some incredible views of the city from the conference room I was in, and I totally geeked out after the conference and snapped some pictures. I also had a great view from my hotel room. I will say that I was very surprised at how close planes fly to the buildings in Arlington. I’ve never seen such a thing. You could literally wave to passengers if you were so inclined. Weird. During this trip, I also discovered that I am kind of taken with old train stations. Between Union Station in D.C. (1907) and 30th Street Station in Philadelphia (1933), you’ve got some gorgeous architecture goin’ on. It’s pretty incredible to think about the detail and structure of these buildings related to the timeframe in which they were constructed.

View of Georgetown and Francis Scott Key Bridge from Arlington

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goingwestcoastal September 19th, 2012 4 Comments live / on the road
  1. Kevin Everitt

    Hi Bridge. I too must admit that prior to June of this year I had never been to DC other than a hockey game at the noe Verizon Center. Given we grew up and lived a block away from each other it’s a true shame.

    My family and I had a great time there over 3 days visiting less than half of the Smothsonian museums, getting a White House tour, and a tour of the Capitol. There was do much we missed and we can’t wait to go back. We rode the bus and trains of the DC Metro as well as the taxis of DC. It was fun, but having lived so close for so long you never realize what you’re truly missing out on seeing. I highly recommend anyone who has the chance to go to do so. No matter how much one may be disillusioned by the current political climate, you truly feel the history and pride of what being an American is.

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  2. Sarge

    Maybe Washington/Virginia could be one of your vacations next year. Lots to see and do for everyone 🙂

    September 19th, 2012 // Reply
    • goingwestcoastal

      Good idea – but only in fall / past the humid season! 🙂

      September 19th, 2012 // Reply

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