Washington D.C.

Author: Cassandra Larkin

Tags: USA

Birthday Adventure to Capitol Hill                 The White House, museums, memorials, monuments, and more history than I ever knew existed in one place.

Birthday Adventure to Capitol Hill

                The White House, museums, memorials, monuments, and more history than I ever knew existed in one place. There I was in Washington D.C. with my friend Brook, ready for our first foray into the heart of our nation’s capitol.  We were there visiting my dad, who had been on business in D.C. for a couple months. Brook and I were there for two weeks, and we did anything and everything there was to do, and I mean everything. This whole trip was my 17th birthday present from my parents and probably the best birthday present I have ever received. It wasn’t New York City, or even Chicago, but the experience I had, was one I’ll never forget.
                The history in D.C. was incredible. Almost every statue and building had some kind of story behind it. Two very touching places we went to were the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Holocaust Museum. They just made me want to learn more about each of these events, because what we learn is school is nothing compared to what I saw at these places.
Now for some places you have to go to when you are in D.C., China town and the Eastern Market, a flea market, not the largest in the nation, but definitely the most diverse. But those are only a couple of things you should experience while you are there. Honestly, there is so much to do; you wouldn’t know where to start.

                The museums were just so fascinating, especially the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Those are probably the two I would definitely go back and visit over and over again. Once more with the history, there is just so much of it at these two places. I don’t think I have ever been so interested in ancient creatures than I was at the Natural History Museum.
                I can’t forget to tell you about the well known things in D.C. that you must go see like the memorials and museums, the capitol building, and you have to go to Georgetown and Mount Vernon. These are just a couple must do things. In Mount Vernon we took the National Treasure Tour, which showed us where they filmed the Mount Vernon seen in the actual movie!
Honestly, the Metro was very exciting, and such a rush! It will take you anywhere you would want to go throughout the city, just pay attention so you don’t get lost. The Metro is the one thing you will use most in the City. Word of advice, never take a car anywhere in a city, it is way too busy to drive, and it is much easier to walk and take the Metro or a cab.
                This trip made me grow up. It helped me increase my independence. Because my dad was working every day, Brook and I got to go around D.C. on our own, and take in the whole experience. It made me realize if I leave home and go to a different city, I will be okay. I can do anything, and if I can find my way around an unknown city like Washington D.C. I can find my way around some town in Kansas.
                D.C. is one of those places where you just cannot write about it well enough on a piece of paper or in a book, you just have to go and experience it for yourself and you have to be the one to take it all in. Words just can’t describe this historical place. You either love it or you hate it, and I loved it.