Yesterday I left off on our trip to Washington, D.C. right as we were coming back down the mall from the Smithsonian Castle past the Washington Monument.

We crossed 17th to see the World War II Memorial. It has a beautiful fountain that is flanked by 56 towering monuments representing the 48 states1 and other territories that gave soldiers and resources in the war. This was Claire’s favorite stop of the day. She loved seeing the fountains and it was actually less busy than other areas, but I think she’d have really like the Rainbow Pool, which the WWII Memorial replaced, as well.

There are also two “victory pavilions” for the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Inside the pavilions are these beautiful baldacchinoes that are shaped like four massive eagles holding up laurel wreaths.

On the back side the are 4,084 gold stars. Each star represents 100 American’s lost in WWII with the inscription ‘Here We Mark The Price Of Freedom.” It’s sobering to see a physical reminder of how many were lost.

We continued down the Mall to the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial. My younger cousin that was with us didn’t understand why it was called the Reflecting Pool so when we got to the Memorial I made her turn around and look. It’s name becomes more obvious at this angle.

There were a lot of people at the Lincoln Memorial but because of it’s position at the end of the Mall it’s a popular place for people to end their tours and it was later in the evening.

Lincoln’s statue is my favorite in D.C.. He looks so stoic and determined, very befitting for a man who faced such hardship and yet was still one of the greatest presidents we’ve had. By this time it was rather late so we decided to head back to the car. We stopped by the Korean War Veterans Memorial on our way back to the car and it was again sobering to see the statues carved like soldiers draped in gear and ponchos marching through the underbrush.

We had a great trip and I loved getting to see D.C. with Claire.

Which monument would you like to see most in D.C.? Why?


  1. In 1945 Hawaii and Alaska weren’t states yet. 

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  • Nice!! When I was in DC the reflecting pool had been drained :( Yet another reason why I need to go back!

    • Aw man, I hate when they have to do that. It really does complete the Mall.

  • I would love to see the reflecting pool! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    • It’s so pretty, especially at sunset when we were there. Another reason people often end their day there. Plus there are the cutest little duck families that live there and the ducklings are just adorable every year. Just don’t reenact the Jenny scene from Forrest Gump, the water is actually pretty gross.

  • I’d love to see everything~!

    • Me, too! I honestly don’t know if I could say I’ve seen everything, and I’ve been to DC hundreds of times. There’s so much to see and do and new things are always cropping up.

  • I loved my visit to D.C. So many things to do and see! Loved the Smithsonian museums, going up into the Washington Monuement, and checking out the international spy museum. Beautiful photos in your post!

    • I love the Spy Museum! That and the Newseum are some of the funnest museums in DC :)