The Capital of The United States: A Photo Essay

The Capital of The United States

The Capital of The United States: A Photo Essay

Each year, the 8th graders at my school visit Washington DC, and for the past two years, I have been lucky enough to tag along as a chaperone. With each trip, I am reminded just how beautiful the capital city of my country is. As much as I often push it away, in search of bigger and better things, I have to sometimes step back and realize just how lucky I am to have grown up in The United States. All four of my grandparents took extreme measures and sacrifices to come here in their teens, and often I take it for granted.

Travel has opened my eyes to the beauty of the world, and sometimes I forget that the world includes where I come from as well. But, this week I was reminded just how lucky I am to call America home. My nation’s capital is one of the most well-kept and maintained cities I have ever visited and it can be hard to put down the camera to appreciate what you are seeing.

Below are some of the pictures I took during my short stay, but I plan on visiting the city again, without kids, very soon.

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Capitol Building.

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Rotunda Ceiling.

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Supreme Court.

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Lincoln Memorial.

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Inside the Lincoln Memorial.

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World War II Memorial.

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Washington Monument from WWII Memorial.

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Martin Luther King Jr Memorial.

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Jefferson Memorial.

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Arlington National Cemetery

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Comments (24)

  1. jouljet

    An opportune post, as I am currently working on slotting in a weekend trip to DC….thanks for the inspiration!

    1. The World Wanderer

      No problem! Enjoy it, I am already planning a trip back possibly in the fall. 🙂

  2. D.J. - The World of Deej

    Great tour! I took the exact photo of the flag in the Capital. I also took a similar trip in 5th grade…one of the cooler memories of my childhood…

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! It really is a great trip, one I think they’ll remember for a lifetime.

  3. Francesca

    You’re right, we are so lucky to call the USA home, and to have such a fantastic capital city. I made my first and only trip to DC just a few years ago; it remains one of the travel highlights of my life. Thanks for taking me back to DC with your photos.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I always seem to forget how wonderful it is until I get there. I first visited with my family in the 5th grade and only went back the last two years because of work. I keep meaning to go back on my own and am hoping to finally get there in the fall.

  4. Leah Travels (@L_e_a_h)

    Your pictures are beautiful. And I, like you, push off DC for other locales. I’ve only been once and it’s been about 15 years. I must make it a priority to go back. You’ve inspired me.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you! Glad I inspired you! It’s funny because I always forget about it until I visit with my students. I hope you get there soon. 🙂

  5. the lazy travelers

    ahh, the wino’s current city of residence! hit us up for recommendations for your next visit!

    1. The World Wanderer

      I definitely will! I’m thinking of visiting in the fall, so I will be looking for some suggestions. 🙂

  6. mrsoaroundtheworld

    I love the USA and Washington is a place I have always wanted to go. Thank you for sharing these great photos, a treat!!

    1. The World Wanderer

      You’re welcome! I definitely suggest a visit – it’s quite beautiful. 🙂

  7. Karen

    I was just there too! And I agree it is one of the most well-kept cities I’ve ever been to. I hate to say it, but your American captiol puts my Canadian capitol to shame. Not that Ottawa isn’t beautiful, but we’re definitely lacking in the monument and marble building department.

    1. The World Wanderer

      You were? It’s so wonderful there! I have yet to come to Ottawa, but I have to say Montreal beats DC any day, the buildings are so beautiful.

  8. Jetting Around (@jettingaround)

    Erin – your photos area beautiful, especially the one of the Rotunda ceiling! Also, this struck a chord with me, “… sometimes I forget that the world includes where I come from as well.” How very true for some of us at times… Exploring the world is wonderful, but so is adding what’s nearby to the bucket list. Great post!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you, Pola! I love that quote – it’s so true for me. But, lately I am really trying to explore home too. 🙂

  9. Traveling Ted

    Lovely shots. I am embarrassed to say I have never been. Glad I can view these awesome pictures and see what I have been missing.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you! It’s pretty wonderful and I’m glad I’ve been made to go for the past 2 years because the last time I was there before this was when I was 10 years old!

  10. Kevin Heslin

    Love the crisp, colorful photos! I also love DC! I’ll be there for a couple of days in September, and will try to do a bit of sightseeing.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, UK! I took them all on my iPhone, which is pretty amazing. Oh, September will be beautiful I am sure. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see the Newseum when I was there – we stick to a pretty strict schedule with the kids, but I hope to go back sometime in the next year. 🙂

  11. Kate

    USA? Wow, you’re really lucky 🙂 I am from stinky Czech Republic 😀 😀 If you know where it is 😀

    1. The World Wanderer

      I do know where it is! It’s on my list of places to visit. 🙂 You don’t like living there? If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

      1. Kate

        I like living there, but this country isn’t interesting at all 😀 I would like to live in the USA 🙂 In a country which is not so well-known… What about Idaho? 🙂 I know some people from there and they’re great… 🙂

        1. The World Wanderer

          Ohh, Idaho! I’ve never been! 🙂 I guess the grass is always greener on the other side, there’s a lot of times I wish I didn’t live here and was somewhere more exotic! 🙂

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