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Washington DC photos including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial
Washington DC Map

I love D.C. - so rich with history and reverence to those who gave their lives for the good of the United States.

 

Majestic classical architecture fills every road as far as the eye can see, commanding respect and summoning awe.

 

Though stately and formal, the city's manicured lawns and abundant greenery add life to all the stone and marble, and its pink cherry blossoms bless the city with a cheerful beauty...

The White House - which I've seen countless times on tv - here only a few steps away.

 

Obama held a conference that night, and the grounds were all lit up with reporters coming to participate...Very exciting to think this is where the important U.S. decisions are made...

The White House in Washington DC
Map of the Washington DC Mall

The Washington Monument

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The Treasury Department in Washington DC
The Treasury Department in Washington DC
The Treasury Department Plaza
Washington DC
The Washington Monument
The Washington Monument
The Washington Monument
View from the Washington Monument

World War II Memorial

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World War II Memorial
World War II Memorial
World War II Memorial
World War II Memorial
World War II Memorial
View from the World War II Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial

Right next to the White House is the Treasury Department. Such beautiful architecture, especially with the green grass on either side...

The White House & Treasury Department

- and turning around to view the plaza...this was late March, so most trees were still bare (but at least the weather was beautiful!

 

 

 

 

A picture is worth a thousand words...

 

Ah the mighty Washington Monument, an Egyptian obelisk...

 

 

 

Encircling the monument are flags blowing in the wind...

 

 

 

 

 

Looking toward the opposite end of the Washington Mall to the World War II Memorial, reflecting pool, and the Lincoln Memorial

 

 

In between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial is the World War II Memorial. It's a grand circular monument with a fountain in the center

 

 

On either side are stately pillars, behind which are circular ramps

 

 

 

 

 

 

A four-sided archway stands mid-way at the height of the ramp - this one is for the Atlantic states

 

 

 

 

 

- and this one for the Pacific states

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turning around to view the Washington Monument

 

 

At the far end of the Washington Mall is the Lincoln Memorial. This view is from the World War II Memorial - you can see the imposing shadow from the Washington Monument

 

 

 

 

Walking a little closer...this is by far my favorite structure...it's like an ancient mystical temple

 

 

 

 

 

Straight on...

The Monument is a tiered plaza with captivating architectural details

 

 

 

 

 

Climbing higher and higher...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There he is - honest Abe...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking around the perimeter...you can see the Washington Monument between the columns...

 

 

 

 

 

 

- and turning around to view the Washington Monument

 

The Lincoln Memorial

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The Federal Reserve Building

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The Federal Reserve Building
The Federal Reserve Building

I love the architecture of this building - it almost resembles an Egyptian temple

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Constitution Avenue

Constitution Avenue
Constitution Avenue
Constitution Avenue
Constitution Avenue - Ronald Reagan Building

 

What an amazing road! Constitution Ave stretches on with never-ending majestic architecture...you almost feel like you're walking the streets of ancient Rome or Athens...

 

 

You can see the American History Museum on the right

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further down is the Ronald Reagan Building

 

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The Museum of American History

Museum of American History
Museum of American History
Museum of American History
Museum of American History

 

More modern then the Romanesque look on the opposite side of the street, but still a site to behold

 

 

The back of the building

 

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Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum

 

The Natural History Museum, as seen from Madison Avenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

So beautiful with the shining dome...now we've entered the Renaissance

 

 

 

These are actual Moai statues from Easter Island - the one on the left stands outside, while the one on the right is inside the museum. Very cool!

 

 

The National Gallery of Art

Natural Gallery of Art
Natural Gallery of Art
Natural Gallery of Art
Natural Gallery of Art
Natural Gallery of Art
Natural Gallery of Art
Natural Gallery of Art
Natural Gallery of Art
Natural Gallery of Art
Natural Gallery of Art

 

My second favorite building (after the Lincoln Memorial) is the The National Gallery of Art (west). It resembles a beautiful Roman temple...

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view from the opposite side, a little farther away

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climbing the steps to the grand entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the pillars at the top - oh I love this place!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The people are nearly dwarfed by the scale...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once inside, you're swept away by the beauty of the atrium... 
Dark marble pillars surround a bountiful bouquet of fragrant, colorful azaleas...

 

 

 

 

 

At the east wing is a lovely courtyard...

 

 

 

 

 

Now you jump from the past to the future as you descend to the cafeteria, then take the concourse to the National Gallery of Art on the East side. As you move, tiny white lights blink & flash as though you're moving through time...

 

 

 

 

The National Gallery of Art (east) as seen from the outside. This gallery is much more modern than the west side.

 

 

 

 

 

Walking along Madison Avenue - you can see the Washington Monument in the distance

 

 

The Jefferson Memorial

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The Jefferson Memorial
On the way to the Jefferson Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial

 

From the Lincoln Memorial, you follow the path along the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson Memorial

 

 

 

 

 

- turning around to view the Washington Memorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little closer - this temple is sublime...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front view - you can see the staue of Thomas Jefferson in the center

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climbing the majestic steps

 

 

Inside looking out - the columns dwarf the people!

 

 

Walking around the outer ring of giant columns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 and looking up...

 

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International Trade Center

International Trade Center
International Trade Center
International Trade Center
International Trade Center
International Trade Center

 

Walking around the International Trade Center with its daunting pillars and archways, you definitely feel like you're in ancient Rome or Athens. One of my favorite places in D.C.!

 

 

Canadian Embassy

Canadian Embassy
Canadian Embassy
Canadian Embassy
Canadian Embassy
Canadian Embassy

 

One of the coolest buildings, IMO is the Canadian Embassy. Modern, yet classical and very interesting to view

 

 

What could be a circular temple...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the "temple" looking around...

 

 

Some of the more modern areas of the plaza