I took Megabus from New York City to Washington DC which cost me only about $10 for a return trip. It was about a 5 hours bus ride each way and the buses have plug points for you to charge and use your electronic devices. Washington DC is the capital of the U.S. and holds many memorials here which is ideal for those who are very patriotic!
Upon arriving Union Station at Washington DC, it gave out a very similar vibe to that of Grand Central Terminal in NYC. So for those of you who liked that in New York, this might be something for you too. I took the subway and headed to my first stop: Washington Monument. The monument was honestly much bigger than expected and there were flags surrounding the monument. I could imagine how patriotic US Citizens would feel seeing this.
I then walked over to the World War 2 Memorial. I would say that there are lots of green fields and vast space which means very little shade. Thus, if you're planning to visit during the summer, do wear some suntan or carry an umbrella as it was way too hot having from one monument to another. They may seem near each other on the map but when you're actually there, it's actually pretty far as the green space is pretty wide. I guess it's designed this way to give it a monumental feel?
From the WW2 Memorial, you could see Lincoln Memorial at the end and what's a visit to DC without visiting Mr.Lincoln eh? The wide entrance gives out a pretty grand effect and Lincoln's statue inside elevates its statues even more.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial is located right round the corner of Lincoln Memorial which acts as a quick pit stop before heading to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr National Memorial. It is pretty cool as if you pay enough attention to it, you will see that the artist behind the sculpture actually made it so it seemed like the statue was pushed off the wall.
You could either opt to walk round the Tidal Basin and head to Jefferson Memorial, or you could even see it from afar at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr National Memorial. If you decide to walk round the Tidal Basin, you would either pass by Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial or the Holoucast Memorial Museum, depending on which direction you choose.
I then headed to the White House to take a quick look from outside. For US citizens, it is possible to visit the White House but you need to make reservations and request for an entrance in advance as they would need to register your details for safety reasons.
Next, I headed to the U.S. Capitol which is probably the most recognisable icons of Washington DC. I honestly though this was the White House initially! Oops.
Although I didn't have time to visit the National Museum of American History (which was the main backdrop of Night at the Museum), I would still say that if museums and art galleries aren't really your thing, then a day in Washington DC is enough! It involves a lot of walking as there isn't much public transport that brings you to all the memorials so do put on some good walking shoes.
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