“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
Washington D.C. is a remarkable city full of history, culture, and amazing architecture. It had been years since I had visited the District, so when I made it back, I wanted to take it all in and capture it all.
Except, that’s impossible. D.C. is such a history- and monument-filled city, that it is impossible to get through it all in a weekend. But despite that, here is a photo essay of a few iconic images that I was able to capture. I’ll try to show and not tell.
The MLK Memorial
The Martin Luther King Memorial is one of the newest and most poignant memorials and one that we all agreed we needed to see. So it was our first stop in D.C., and quite meaningful to me.
The Supreme Court
As an attorney, I made a special point to get to the Supreme Court. And low and behold, I happened to be there on the morning when the historical marriage equality decision was handed down.
The Washington Monument
I got a lot of shots of the picturesque Washington Monument. It is, after all, the tallest structure in the District.
Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials
This is somewhere when I go back I want to explore and get more amazing shots of these fantastic structures. I haven’t had a chance to visit them up close since I was a kid.
Arlington National Cemetery and the Holocaust Museum
Such a somber but beautiful place is Arlington. You couldn’t do anything but quietly take it all in.
And the same with the Holocaust Museum. Such a somber place that not only highlighted the atrocities of the Holocaust but also of other genocidal tragedies that have occurred even more recently.
The White House
The ultimate in architecture and quintessential Washington D.C. is the White House. And we had the rare privilege of getting a VIP West Wing Tour.
The Library of Congress
I didn’t get to venture into the Library, but I captured some gorgeous shots from across the street. Absolutely stunning!
Other Beautiful Things
From churches to even the train station, D.C. is full of beautiful sites. Take it all in.
Giannina Guy says
I never realised that Washington was so architechturally rich and interesting. Thank you so much for sharing these images with us!
I would love to visit the Martin Luther King Memorial. I haven’t seen that one. There is so much to do in Washington and I love all your photos.
Thanks Alli! And the MLK Memorial is absolutely beautiful. A great reason to go back. 🙂
valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
You got some really nice photos. I went with my son and his girlfriend last year and we had a good time, I want to go back to see more.
Esther | The Cuteness says
DC is such a cool city. I’ve only been twice, but have had a great time both times. I need to go back with my husband so we can explore together!
Ali Williams says
We moved to the East Coast a few years ago and Washington D.C. is on my list to go visit soon. I’ve never seen a picture of the statue of Martin Luther King. It’s beautiful. I can’t wait to see it in person.
Vera Sweeney says
Beautiful shots of Washington DC!! I love how much there is to see and do there I hope to go back again!
Cara (@StylishGeek) says
I have been to Washington D.C. at least 4x and in every visit I am left in awe to how much the city has to offer! I want to go back! Thanks for sharing!
Liz Mays says
This makes me want to visit D.C. again. It’s been a while since we’ve been there. There is so much to see!
Angelic Sinova says
What gorgeous photos! I was just in DC last August (and have plans to visit again in late May.) There are so many great things to see and do in DC <3
There really are, Angelic! I didn’t have enough time to see everything I wanted to in the city.
Miles L. says
Awesome photos! Washington is really a great place and it should be as it represents our country.
Heather S-G says
DC really is beautiful. I’m itching to get back and explore since it’s been so many years since I’ve been there – and these photos only make that itch worse!
Ana Fernandez says
Oh my gosh your pictures are beautiful! And it sounds like a super fun trip thanks for sharing it! (P.D: I love you blog logo!)
Thanks so much, Ana!
Nikka Shae says
You took some great pictures!! I can’t wait to go visit all of these sites!! The first time I went to VA was to go to my uncles funeral so there was no time to site see.
So sorry about your uncle, Nikka. But I do hope you will get out there again soon to take in some of the sights.
Beautiful photos. I’ve never been to Washington D.C
Get going, Rika! Such an amazing place with amazing sites and history.
Rebecca Swenor says
Maybe some day I can visit Washington. I would love to see all these places. Arlington Nation Cemetery my sons went to see with their dad. They didn’t have chance to see the White House that day when they where in Washington.
Great pics!!! I went to Washington DC this past summer and it is a photographers dream!!
Ron Leyba says
What an awesome place to visit. Hope that someday, somehow, I can spend a week or two in Washington D.C.
I felt like I needed a week, Ron! There was so much to do and so little time!
These are great photos! I used to live nearby there and didn’t get to see everything quite like this, good job. I would love to take my daughter there to see it all but for now I will show her your beautiful photos!
Melissa, we did a great Hop On Hop Off tour and we saw so much, even in addition to that, yet we still didn’t see everything! So much to do, so little time.