Last week I took the train down to Washington DC to learn about Brand USA’s new IMAX film National Parks Adventure. Since I’m about to partake on an epic month-long roadtrip to many US National Parks, I decided this would be a fun event to attend.
There was a lot of wine and food to keep me occupied through the somewhat boring discussions. But the movie itself looks awesome. The closest venue near me playing National Parks Adventure is the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. I see a day at this free museum in my future (IMAX movie is $9 for adults).
After munchies, learning, and previewing National Parks Adventure, DC Travel Massive was able to snag some tickets to the Washington Monument for a 9pm tour. Since the Washington Monument is a National Monument it falls under the US Department of Interior’s National Park system.
It was about 100 degrees outside (even at 830 pm) so I was a sweaty bear by the time we completed our 15 minute walk to the monument. We walked by the White House.
Hello Mr. President!
I’m not sure if it was the heat or the hour but it was so much less crowded than it has been when I’ve visited the National Mall before.
The walk up to the Washington Monument was glorious. The monolith surrounded by lights and American flags was a beautiful sight to see.
We went right up to the viewing level of the Washington Monument and took a lot of snapchats and photos (which didn’t turn out very well because of the window glare).
On the way down the elevator showed us the plaques made by the different groups who contributed to the original building of the Washington Monument in DC. Fun fact: the first Washington Monument was in Baltimore and is decorated in Christmas lights every year and has a lighting ceremony every Christmas season.
It was a fun and warm night- a great way to see the sights so crowded during the day. If you are in DC, try getting tickets to visit the Washington Monument at night or at least stroll by to see the amazing scene.
Reader Question: Have you been to the viewing deck at the Washington Monument? Have you visited a sight at night for a different perspective?