I love to travel, sometimes on a budget, sometimes on whim. Every place is a must see kind of place.
Shoe String Budget Can Make a Memory of A Life Time
Growing up, I can't remember taking vacations. The occasional trip to see a relative was pretty much what my family considered a vacation.
As an adult and parent of four, we were on a tight budget and trips were very scarce. It wasn't until later in life when the kids were older we began taking micro-vacations when we could and an extended vacation once a year. It was important to have fun, but it was also important to learn something about the world outside of our comfort zone.
Some places are very expensive to go to, others are not, it just takes some strategic planning. A shoestring budget can still make a dream came true.
There is so much more than just the political history in Washington DC, there is the art and the architecture. You can actually stay in New York and take a bus for a $35 round trip - day trip to Washington, DC. and enjoy two completely different places.
There is so much to see, one day is definitely not enough time, but it will sure make you want to come back. It takes at least a full week to see and enjoy everything.
Cab rides are economical as well, but remember to wear comfortable shoes, there is a lot of walking to be done in order to see everything. Walking from the White House to the Lincoln Memorial is a good long trek and very well worth it.
The shopping is fun, a little high priced, but you can still find a bargain here and there. If you get hungry, there are a variety of restaurants to choose from. China Town is just a few blocks away from Spy Museum. For those who don't want to try something different, Fudrucker's is there for you with their huge and always delicious burgers.
And remember, you don't have to buy souvenirs at every place you go. A picture makes a memory for a life time.
Places to see
World War II Memorial
This is a must see place. The memorial columns are just overwhelming, one for each state encircling the fountain. The massive walls with quotes from Generals and those who had great impact in our military history.
We as Americans owe the men and women that put their lives on the line for us daily. Everyone should honor them with our presence. We owe it to them to go there and pay our respects. It's not much to ask for, they went around the world for us.
Can you imagine how different our country would be, what kind of life you as an individual would have, if it were not for the sacrifices that are made regularly by these brave men and women so that we may enjoy our freedoms?
Korean War Memorial
This was a shock to me. I had not idea that this memorial existed. So realistic, it's eerie and amazing at the same time. Seeing these life size statues, it was so surreal.
The Washington Monument
It was under repairs, but it was grand. What is seen in movies just doesn't compare to the real thing.
The Smithsonian Museum of Art's sculptures, paintings and more were breath taking. Allow several hours to see this, if not be prepared to take photos and read about them later.
The Masonic Temple
Where our founding father's attended as well as their descendants.
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