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Washington, DC and the Memorials - 6/4/2012

Sarah and I woke early this morning for the six hour drive to DC.  We checked-in at the Hampton Inn in Largo, Maryland just past noon and quickly headed into DC on the Metro.  Two years ago we had seen most of the memorials and other sights along the Mall, so we wanted to see the ones that we had missed.

First we saw the Iwo Jima Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery.  The memorial is properly known as the Marine Corps War Memorial.

Iwo Jima Memorial

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We then walked across the Arlington Memorial Bridge and along Ohio Drive on the banks of the Potomac River looking for the FDR memorial.  As we walked along, we noticed that there were a couple helicopters flying around the Mall.  I could see that they were from the Park Service, which among other things, helps provide security around the Mall.  We didn't notice the helicopters on our last visit.  A short time a later a Marine helicopter came soaring right over us at near tree-top level.  It raced north, then slowed and decended into the trees in the area of the White House.  I'm sure it was Marine One.  It was a good stroke of luck for us to see it up close, but even for a monument.  Too quick to get a picture.

We stumbled upon signs for to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.  This was a nice surprise.  I had forgotten that this new memorial had been completed since our last visit and I didn't know its location on the Mall.  It had just opened to the public on August 22, 2011.  It was just a short walk off of our planned route.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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Next, we walked along the Tidal Basin to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.  The memorial covers over seven acres and traces twelve years of his presidency.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Click here to see my photos of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

Sarah and I continued our walk along the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson Memorial.  The memorial is much larger than it appears in any pictures.

Jefferson Memorial

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Then we walked past the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to the Metro station for our ride back to the hotel.  It was late afternoon and we still had plenty of time for fine dinner out on the town.  We relaxed for a minute, cleaned and made dinner reservations.  Once again we were back on the metro to Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia for our evening meal at McCormick & Schmick's.  For a starter we had Margherita Flat Bread.  I had shark for the first time.  My dinner was Mako Shark, Lobster Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus & Carrots and a Blackberry Mojito.  Sarah had the Filet Mignon, Asparagus & Carrots and Creamed Spinach.  We shared a White Chocolate, Cinnamon Bun Bread Pudding for dessert.  Dinner was great.  With the tip, the total was $145.00.

McCormick & Schmick's

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Our first day in our nation's capital ended with another ride on the metro.

Tomorrow we will visit Six Flags America.

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