On Sunday, September 17 we wrapped up our time in the Boston area. And we took a couple days travel time to make our way down to the Washington DC area where we will stay for the next week. On Monday afternoon September 18 we arrived at Pohick Bay Regional Park. This is a nice Virginia State Park just south of Washington DC. Where we will spend the next week as we are exploring the area. We set up and then relaxed and spent a quiet evening at the park. Then Tuesday morning we got a got up and took a short ride to the Metro Station at Springfield-Franconia (only about 12 miles away from the campground) and took about a 30 minute ride on the subway into downtown DC. We will definitely be using this route when we are going into the city to save the headaches of driving in the heavy traffic. When we got off the subway downtown the first thing we did is locate the Old Town Trolley, which is a “hop-on hop-off” ride around the city. This is the same trolley company that we rode around on when we were in Boston and Salem. They do a very nice job of taking you around the city and highlighting spots of interest. The first thing I noticed about DC is it even has less tall buildings than Boston did. Which gives it a very nice skyline and has more of a rural feel to it. Here’s our first glimpse of the capital as we were walking towards the trolley line.
It was a little overcast when we first started out so some of these photos will be a little washed out. But the day got clearer and brighter and ended up being a beautiful day by the time it was all done. There’s all kinds of beautiful architect, sculptures and open park areas all around the city. Our first glimpse of the White House. The Washington Monument stands out and can be seen from all different spots around the city. Here’s a view across the reflected pod. And from this angle the capital was right behind. Here’s a couple closer views as we drove by the. Here’s one of the Lincoln Memorial I will have more on this in the next post. After riding around for a while and taking in more sites we stopped and headed into Arlington Cemetery. I will cover that in the next post with much more detail. The thing I like about the city is even though it is a large and very busy city, with so many people. It has a very opened feel to it and you can see parts of history everywhere you look. Here’s a photo of Union Station we will have to check that out more later this week. More the come in the next post, Rick
We love D.C.! As you said, so much history all over! The monuments and memorials are interesting.