Washington (District of Columbia)

A capital with plenty of cultural offers

On the day when I left Minneapolis there were some snowflakes on the ground and the temperature was around 2°C. When I arrived in Washington D.C. in the evening, the temperature was around 25°C and very humid. On the following days the weather was getting even hotter, during the daytime it was around 30°C and high humidity...very uncomfortable…

 

The main reason I wanted to visit D.C. was the Smithsonian museums. I spent there 4 nights and visited the museums on 3 days of my stay. On the first day I walked almost 15km, starting from my hostel on the East side of the capitol to the Lincoln Memorial with some stops to see the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and Martin Luther King Jr. Monument and some other monuments and memorials. The park area where most of the museums, monuments and memorials are is called National Mall, the area is really huge. During my stay in D.C. I visited the following museums: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and the Library of Congress. I also went to see the white house, but actually there is nothing special to see about. The most impressive museum to me was the Smithsonian Steven F.Udvar-Hazy Center. The museum is actually an aircraft hangar which is outside of D.C., it´s in the state Virginia and it took me 1:30 hrs with public transportation to get there. This museum is about aircraft and spacecraft, you will find here original exhibits which makes history of mankind like the fastest aircraft in the world (SR-71), the Hiroshima B-29 bomber, the space shuttle Discovery and some spoils of war from the German aviation during the II world war. Unfortunately my 3 days stay was not enough to see a lot of museums, you can spend at least 2 weeks here to see all of the museums. Because the museums open at 10 am and close already at 5:30pm, you don´t really have the chance to see a lot of museum within one day. The museums are all in a very good condition and they are all free of charge.

 

During my stay in D.C. there was a big demonstration in the capital, under the slogan “Peoples Climate movement” more than 10000 people went to the streets to protest against president Trumps intentions. The demonstration went peaceful, luckily there were no riots on the streets.

 

I enjoyed my stay in Washington D.C., the museums are really nice, it´s worth to see. For me it´s already time to continue my journey, the next stop will be Philadelphia, there I will meet another cousin of mine and spend a couple of days at her place with her family.