You may love him. You may hate him. You may still be holding out hope that Marty McFly is currently back in 1955 and is taking care of Biff Tannen once and for all.

Whatever your feelings about him, today, the 20th January 2017, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.

“A president’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.”  Lyndon  B. Johnson (36th President, 1963-1969)

As the world’s eyes tune into Washington DC for Inauguration Day, let me take you on a photo tour of some of the iconic sights of America’s elegant capital…

The White House


Lincoln Memorial


Washington Monument


Jefferson Memorial


Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial


Iowa Jima Statue (Marine Corps Memorial)


Korean War Veterans Memorial


Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial


Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial


Arlington Cemetery



 Smithsonian Institute


The Museum of American History


The Library of Congress


The US Capitol


 Union Station


Travel Log and Tips

  • I travelled to Washington DC in May 2016, with my mom, as part of an epic 2-week trip to four States.
  • We flew into Dulles International from Las Vegas on United Airlines, and left by train (Amtrak) from Union Station to Penn Station, NYC.
  • We stayed at the boutique  Capitol Hill Hotel for 3 nights –  I’d recommend it for its central location (very close to the Library of Congress and a short taxi ride from Union Station) and complimentary breakfast.
  • The DC Circulator bus is a great way to hop from monument to monument and is a bargain at $1 a ride.
  • We took the Monuments by Moonlight tour offered by Old Town Trolley Tours – they also offer daytime tours – and we thoroughly enjoyed the patter from our entertaining, knowledgeable guide.
  • Most of the amazing Smithsonian Museums are free to enter (discretionary donation). Find about more about them over here.
  • It’s pretty much impossible for non-US citizens to get tickets to tour the White House itself. However, the White House Visitor Center is open to all and is well worth visiting .
  • Expect airport style security at the entrances to all the museums, the Library of Congress, the White House Visitor Center and The Capitol.
  • For food on the go when out and about monument and memorial hopping, I can recommend the food courts at Union Station and the Ronald Reagan Building International Trade Center. We also enjoyed the pizza from We, The Pizza.



6 thoughts on “Monumental

  1. “Whatever your feelings about him, today, the 20th January 2017, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.”

    You are so right, Nat! And personally (because I’m one of the Americans who DID vote for Trump) I am so happy about today 🙂

    GLORIOUS photographs!!!!!!


    The Lincoln memorial shots are just stunning. They gave me chills. And the interior shots of the library are exquisite.

    I had no idea about the Ruby Slippers being in the museum. How cool is that?

    I have only been to Washington when I was a teenager, so I really do need to make another visit to see these landmarks.

    Thanks so much for sharing, my friend. Great post!!!!


    1. Hi Ron!
      Washington DC is a fabulous city… I only wish we’d had longer there, to get round to Mount Vernon, see more of the museums and galleries, and just have more time to wander and wonder…
      I definitely plan to return soon, and combine it with Philadelphia, just an easy trip away on Amtrak 🙂
      Have a lovely weekend!


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