This past November, just before Thanksgiving, my family and I flew to Washington, DC. The primary reason for the family trip was to have my daughter march in the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York. She was part of the Hawaii All State Marching Band, more than 600 students from more than 40 schools in the state of Hawaii were part of this huge marching band. 200 Tahitian dancers also marched with the band.
We visited 3 cities during this trip, starting off with Washington, DC. We spent 2 full days viewing the Smithsonian Museums and the State Capitol. On the first day, we rode the Washington DC. Metro to the Smithsonian Museum area at the National Mall from the Pentagon City location.
This was the first time that I rode mass transit in a major city. The experience was quite liberating. In Hawaii, our primary model of transportation is our personal automobile with all of the necessary items that go along with that – gasoline, maintenance, and insurance. With mass transit, all you need to know is where you’re going and pay your fare! When your train arrives, jump on and relax until you reach your destination. We were scheduled to ride the tour bus to the Smithsonian, but there were delays in transporting the students to their practice area. To save time, we decided to ride the Metro, which turned out to be an excellent choice.
Our first stop was the Smithsonian Institution Building, also known as “The Castle”. We picked up maps that showed the location of the Smithsonian Museums. We decided to visit the Air & Space Museum and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Both museums provided us with a better understanding of each museum’s focus. When you visit DC., I recommend that you include these in your museum choices.
Our time to catch our tour bus started to come up quickly, we left the Holocaust Museum and started our walk to the Lincoln Memorial. During that quick, but lengthy journey we passed a number of national monuments. The first one was the Washington Monument. The weather was perfect, and the afternoon lighting was amazing.
We continued on, and reached the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. It was quite surreal to be in a place that you usually see in pictures.
As we reached the Lincoln Memorial, our tour group started walking to the tour bus. We got there just in time, although we missed viewing the Lincoln Memorial during daylight hours. We were able to view the Lincoln Memorial during our night tour though.
Until we meet again, Mahalo!