PICTURES OF WASHINGTON DC PART ONE

When people do their own 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC, they visit the usual spots, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, even the Martin Luther King Memorial.

Many of them even take the Washington DC Metro even though many of us, (the Sports Diva included who visits The District quite often)don’t get the concept of swiping your Metro Card entering a station and then again EXITING a Metro Station.

These pictures are from places that’s known to tourists but mostly locals.

When doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC, aka “The District”, you might want to check out some of these places and get familiar with some of these Metro Stations.

The main terminal in DC for buses and trains. This is on the Red Line Metro
This is the station for the airport closest to Washington DC, but it’s actually in Arlington, Virginia
This is close by the Capitol building and now you’ll see a lot of skateboarders using it to try their newest moves
This station is on the Silver, Orange, and Blue Lines. You’ll find a lot of government buildings here.
The area of Arlington National Cemetery that many tourists rarely see. The Blue Line Metro can take you there

CAPITAL  JOURNEY  –  WASHINGTON ,  DC .  GETTING  TO KNOW  THE  NATION’S CAPITAL  

Besides  New York  City ,  this city is the “Mother  of  All 30 Plus  Teams  Tours.”

It’s  the  city that’s  all about  the  three  M ‘ s  – Museums ,  Monuments ,  and Memorials . 

It’s  that  city that isn’t  a  state ,  but it just happens  to  be  the  capital  of  the  United  States . 

It’s  Washington ,  DC . 

This of course ,  is a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  so it’s  all about  the  sports  in town  also . 

Just  like  politics, they take their  sports  VERY seriously  here.

It’s  a  sports  lovers  dream . 

You’ve  got  four teams  to choose  from . 

There’s  the  Wizards in basketball ,  the Capitals  in hockey ,  and the Nationals  in baseball . 

It’s  very much about football  in this  town . 

In a place where  politics dominates EVERYTHING, it’s  not that surprising  that  politics are going  to  creep into your 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Washington  DC . 

The football  team  is called the  Washington  Redskins . 

Some people  would  like it if the team  would change their  name  to something  other than a name that some  folks  find very offensive . 

Other folks  just wish that the people  who  are  complaining  about  the  team  name would just shut up  and go away so that they can enjoy watching  football . 

You aren’t  here to get into  a  name debate of the football  team  though.

You might not even like  football  and came to see one of the other pro teams  in town . 

More than likely ,  though , you’re here to see what the city is famous  for . 

All those monuments ,  memorials ,  and museums . 

Don’t  forget  to  bring  that camera  with you.

Washington  DC  is a photographer’s  dream ,  and you just know  that  you’re  going  to  be  posting  a lot of  Washington  DC on Instagram . 

Please  remember  though, that when  you  visit  some  of  the  places that the city is famous  for , show some respect.

They’re  memorials . 

Definately  respect  them.

There  are  lots of  museums  that are free here.

Even the National  Zoo is free, and don’t  tell  me  that  you  don’t  want to check out those adorable  Panda Bears.

Where in town  will you go first?

No matter  what  neighborhood ,  bring those sneakers  with you.

This is a very walkable  town, so don’t  be surprised  if  you  see lots of joggers.

They might even be your local  senator or congress person . 

Of course the neighborhoods  that you’ll  want  to  see  are Capital  Hill, Georgetown ,  Dupont  Circle ,  the area around the  White  House ,  and maybe  even  the  Washington  DC  Waterfront . 

How about  visiting  the  neighborhoods  that tourists rarely , if all visit?

Put U Street ,  Adams-Morgan, Anacostia ,  or the Eastern  Market on your list of neighborhoods  to visit . 

If you  happen  to  come into town by Greyhound , Megabus  or Amtrak  train ,  check out the newly renovated  Union  Station ,  one of  the  largest  terminals in the country . 

You could  get yourself  a day pass when you  take the Washington  Metro.

By the way ,  don’t  call it the subway, it’s the Washington  Metro  and you’ll  be  surprised  how clean it is.

Better yet ,  do what the good citizens  of DC do.

Get yourself  a reloadable Smart Card and get ready to  see as many monuments ,  memorials ,  and museums  as you can.

Just remember  to  hold onto your Smart Card because you’ll  need it not only to enter the train station ,  but to exit it as well . 

Don’t  think  you can see all these attractions  in  one trip to DC.

You can’t ,  so don’t  even  think  about  it . 

Get yourself  a  guidebook  before you arrive and make a list of  attractions  that you really  want  to  see . 

Check if you need timed tickets ,  which are free in some cases, but because some of  the museums  get very crowded, they give you a time that’s  best to visit . 

What should  you see if you don’t  have  that much time?

I  would  suggest  not only the ones that are on the National  Mall  like the Washington  Monument ,  Vietnam  Wall or Lincoln  Monument ,  visit some of the  museums that are part of the Smithsonian . 

Their motto is, “So many museums ,  so little  time . ”

The  National  Zoo  is part of  the  Smithsonian ,  but if you’re  only in town for a day or two ,  the Zoo might  be  out of  the  question . 

No matter  what  you  decide  to  do, enjoy  your stay in Washington  DC ,  whether  you’re  going  to  watch  a sporting  event  or if you’re  going  to  learn  a little  or a lot about United States  history . 

CAPITAL  JOURNEY  –  WASHINGTON ,  DC –  PAYING YOUR RESPECTS  AT THE  IWO JIMA STATUE.

While  you’re  on your  own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour of  Washington ,  DC ,  not only  are you  going  to  visit  the  Arlington  National  Cemetery ,  but you’re  going  to  walk around  most of  the  cemetery ,  paying  your respects  to the  veterans  who are buried  there.

Your final  stop  at the  cemetery  is another landmark  in our Nation’s  Capital . 

It’s  the  United  States  Marine  Corps  Statue . 

You say that you’ve  never heard of  or seen  this landmark ? 

Of  course  you have.

You just know it by its more well known  name.

The Iwo Jima Statue.

There’s  another , even easier  way  to  get  to  the  memorial  without  walking  through  the  Arlington  National  Cemetery . 

You can get off at  the  Rosslyn  Metro  Station ,  and  walk a couple  of  blocks . 

You can’t  miss  this statue  and you’ll  see  it the closer you get to the highway.

Everything  about  the  statue screams out HUMONGOUS ,  from the larger than life figures of the soldiers raising  the  United  States  flag to the flag  itself . 

Just like the  Jefferson  Memorial ,  a lot of  tourists don’t  seem to  visit  this  memorial  often . 

They should ,  though.

Pictures  don’t  do it  justice ,  no matter  what angle  you look at it from.

It’s  a  beautiful  statue ,  especially  if  you  visit  at twilight ,  with the skyline  of Washington  DC  in the background . 

Speaking  of  pictures ,  please  don’t  take  any selfies  here.

Ask someone  to  take a picture  of  the  statue  with you standing  close to  or near it.

This isn’t  the  place to show off your  Instagram  worthy selfies having  fun . 

Like  the  World  War  I I  Memorial ,  which  I’ll  talk about  in  a later post, this is   a place to  reflect  on what might  have  been  if the war had ended  differently .