US Road Trip 2017, Day 9.
The fourth and last day of sightseeing in Washington DC was very good. I admit that I walked off my feet again, but it was worth it.
Once again, I caught the Shuttle from the hotel to the Metro, and the Metro into the city. The Metro was not as congested as it was yesterday and it made for nicer ride.
The Blue Line of the Metro has a stop at the Arlington Cemetery. And once up the escalators, it’s a simple walk up about a block and across the street.
If you’re planning a full-on visit to the cemetery, I suggest taking the tour. The tour is a tram tour around the cemetery. It hits all of the highlight items that everyone wants to see. It is also hop-on, hop-off, so you can spend more time in specific places.
The Cemetery has a free App, downloadable from the stores. The App is quite nice and has a lot of available information. If you get it for the map alone, the map given out with the tour tells you all you really want to know.
The Cemetery is active. There were 26 funerals conducted today. I stood quietly and respectfully as one passed me by. That is important to remember after a couple days of monuments and museums that this is an active place and one needs to be respectful of that.
After the Cemetery experience, I walked the broad avenue that leads back to Washington DC. The walk across the Arlington Memorial Bridge over the Potomac River gives great views. It brings you up against the back of Lincoln Memorial.
Coming around the Lincoln Memorial from back to front is like going from quiet lawn garden to raucous house party. The Memorial is busy, but easy to get in and out of. It is also designed to be viewed by a lot of people. It’s massive and open and welcoming. I grabbed some pictures and was on my way.
Walking along the side of the Reflecting Pool led me to realize that it was definitely not meant to be used as a pool. Let’s just say it had a little growth in it. Nevertheless, it was a nice day, and a nice walk.
There was a stop at the east end of the Reflecting Pool to view the World War II Memorial. It was a bit of a look-see to figure out the theme of it, but it was a very nice Memorial.
The walk continued on to the Washington Monument. It’s big. It’s elegant. It’s iconic. It’s also closed for repairs. Such is the way of things. I would assume that it received damage from the 2011 earthquake, the way the National Cathedral did. I grabbed some pictures of it as well.
After the Washington Monument there was some more walking around before it was back to the Metro. The Blue Line, Smithsonian Metro station, is only about 3 blocks from the Monument and easy to access. The route took me back up the Blue Line to the Red Line, and back to Bethesda. It was a good day!
The day ended with Fish Tacos. I had dinner with my good friend Beth at Fish Taco. The blackened fish tacos were very good, as was the company. Now, some shark week or the Tottenham v Roma match. Tomorrow, back on the road.
Arlington holds more than just military men.