The heart of Washington is one big area full of impressive buildings, statues, monuments and museums about the history of the United States of America.
Like mentioned in our first Washington post, most of them are free for public, which makes a visit even twice that interesting.
And because on one day you can anyway just see a small piece of Washington Downtown, we decided to check out today the Lincoln Memorial & World War 2 Memorial and also the Cherry Blossom Washington.
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We recommend in any case a stay in the heart of Washington. The possibility to reach places like White House in 15 minutes is pretty charming (at least for us).
Of course you have a metro worthy a Capitol of the USA as well as public transport and for the US so typical – the own car.
But from our experience there is nothing like discovering places by walking.
The World War 2 Memorial Washington
The 2.5 miles long Alley, ending on the one side with the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial on the other one is truly a beauty.
So today our first highlight was the World War 2 Memorial.
Even though the official inauguration of the building project was on 29th may 2004, the official beginning was already in the 80’s of the last century.
It might not be the biggest or most spectacular memorial, but it has it’s very own charm in its unique way and also purpose.
What you should know about the World War 2 Memorial
The WW2 Memorial is simply bursting with its bigger and smaller symbolizes, where most of them you see only at second or even third sight.
But clearly visible is the heart of it, the beautiful fountain, called Rainbow pool.
The whole scenery is framed by 2 triumphal Archs, which symbolizes the Atlantic and Pacific ocean. Both were war theaters during the 2nd World War.
The framing is completed by 56 pillars, standing in half circles.
Those are symbolizing the states as well as additional US territories like Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands etc.
You also find different war scenes on a plaque.
Another highlight of the World War 2 Memorial is the so called “Freedom Wall“.
This is a wall, covered with 4048 stars. Every star is standing for 100 fallen US soldiers in the WWII.
The official number is in total 405,399.
The Washington Lincoln Memorial
In direct sight distance, just divided by the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool you will find the impressive Lincoln Memorial.
“In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”
These words are engraved above the almost 6 meters high 16th president of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, enthroned on 28 White Marble blocks.
Also the Lincoln Memorial knows how to surprise with immense logic and details.
Quite obvious at first sight are the pillars.
In total 36 of these so called Doric pillars, representing the 36 federal states (during the tenure of Abraham Lincoln), which are framing the temple.
12 additional states were then engraved later around the roof.
Last but not least Hawaii and Alaska obtained 2 plaques in the ground. I am just wondering if these might be the last ones…
What you should know about the Lincoln Memorial
However, interesting is that you find the Lincoln Memorial on the backside of the $5 Note, as well as on the 1 cent coin.
Also interesting to know is that in the year 1963 Martin Luther King had his speech with his famous words “I have a dream…” exactly here.
More than 250,000 people were listening to him that day.
Lincoln was an opponent of Slavery and during the American Civil War (North against South) he succeeded to abolish Slavery.
Cherry Blossom Washington
Last but not least we would like to offer you some words about the famous Cherry Blossom Washington.
What is the history of Cherry Blossom?
In the year 1912 the mayoral of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki was spending these cherry trees as a symbol of the friendship between Japan and the USA to the City of Washington.
Because of insect infestation the whole first stock of trees needed to be destroyed.
General regret everywhere.
Japan reacted with the deliverance of additional 3020 cherry trees, which had their origin in the famous tree row along the Tokyo river Arakawa.
Since 1934 the Cherry Blossom Festival is celebrated in Washington and fascinates millions of tourists and locals.
This was the festival schedule for 2017:
|March 16||Thu||7 AM – 11PM||Pink Tie Party||Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center|
|March 25||Sat||5 – 6:30 PM||Opening Ceremony||Warner Theatre|
|April 1||Sat||10 AM – 4:30 PM||Blossom Kite Festival||Washington Monument grounds|
|April 2||Sun||7:30 AM – 11 AM||Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk||Washington Monument grounds|
|April 8||Sat||10 AM – Noon||Parade||Constitution Avenue|
|April 15||Sat||2 – 9:30 PM||Firework Festival||District Wharf / Titanic Memorial|
Exactly at the time of our stay from 11th to 14th march the weather was so up-and-down. In the beginning we had spring warmth and sun all the time.
But the last day it became so cold and when we left Washington finally heavy snowfall started. All in all it was a little bit too early and too cold for the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Nevertheless we got a very good impression how the whole area around Tidal Basin, near the Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial must look like during the high time of the Cherry Blossom.
Dreamlike and fantastic, embedded in the already more than spectacular Masterpiece Washington.
With these impressions we say Good Bye from the Capital of the USA and continue our trip into the outstanding beautiful Outer Banks with its highlight Hatteras.
This place is located around 370 miles south of Washington at the far east coast of the USA.
With mighty greetings – El Henriquo