Sounds like Mel had a great time exploring Washington DC!
After having done the longest night bus of my life from New York to Washington and checking into the most disgusting hostel I’ve even seen, me and my sister headed straight back out to see the White House. Washington DC in September is amazing and after being a camp counselor all summer it was our stop off place before hitting California. We were flying from Washington to Vegas and it seemed others in our hostel were using it as a go between place too. We met two lads who were on an even tighter budget than us who were thrilled at getting a 3-day bus down to Florida so they could save on accommodation – I guess when money is that tight you’ll do anything. We had three nights in Washington DC in September time and it was brilliant.
The White House
Even though I was super tired the White House was still awesome. I’ve seen it so many times at the movies it was like being on a film set. Unfortunately Barack Obama didn’t pop out to say hello, but maybe next time. Washington is nice because it has so many free museums and we went to some of the art ones which were great. I also really liked Washington DC because we could walk pretty much everywhere. The same lads who were getting the 3-day bus walked for 2 hours to get back to our hostel to save bus money but they got themselves in such a bad mood over it they spent double their bus fare on a McDonalds to cheer themselves up. Oh dear.
Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial
The Washington Monument was great and we spent a while taking some cool pics to make it look like we were holding the top of it. We went to the Lincoln Memorial too. It was really nice round there and we enjoyed it so much we didn’t actually even realise his statue was there – we had to go back the next day.
One of the most memorable memorials was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It’s a huge black wall with all the names of the casualties inscribed. I don’t know whether it was because I hadn’t slept much when I saw it but I thought it was so powerful, it made me cry a bit. The wall had 58,000 names on it and it was overwhelming. I thought of the impact just one death would have on a family or if that soldier had a girlfriend and just that one name was sad enough without 58,000 of them. I’m smiling in this photo, but I don’t know why because I was actually really upset.
Canoe rides and Washington Train Station
We did a canoe ride on the river which was cool and a good way to see the sights, we got takeaway American-style on and sat on the grass for ages and ages just taking everything in.
I also made my sister walk to the train station with me because it said in my guide it was supposed to be amazing. Once she realised where I’d been taking her she wasn’t impressed and the train station wasn’t really all that – just so you know in case you happen to read the same guide.
The best way to see Washington in September is by walking around. We pounded the pavement for hours visiting parks and just taking in all the cool things to see. If you hit Washington DC after your time as a camp counselor, you’ll definitely enjoy.