Touring the nation’s capital can be quite stressful. Washington DC has to much to see and the traffic can be horrendous. Trying to get from landmark to landmark can be difficult for even the most seasoned of travelers. On our last visit to Washington DC we opted to take the stress out of our city tour. We signed up for an Urban Adventures eCruiser tour of DC to take in all the sites in the National Mall.
We started our tour outside the Capitol Building. This is where Congress meets to make the important decisions that affect our nation and beyond.
Our next stop was the Lincoln Memorial. I have visited this site many times and the sheer size of it amazes me every time. Our guide gave us lots of information about the memorial that made the experience better. Next time you visit the Lincoln Memorial, walk around to the back. You get a great view and it’s nearly deserted back there.
No visit to DC is complete without a stop off at the Jefferson Memorial. Interestingly when the memorial was first dedicated in 1943 the statue of Jefferson was a plaster cast painted to look like it was made of bronze. The actual bronze statue was finally installed in 1947 once the WWII materials shortages were cleared up.
Our eCruiser tour made it’s next stop at the relatively new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. I highly recommend a stop off here. The size and scale of the memorial are really breathtaking.
One of the memorials I found most surprising was the Roosevelt Memorial. Covering over 7.5 acres its broken up into 4 “rooms” that each depict a different phase in his presidency. The combination of its size and the liberal usage of fountains and pools made it a serene and peaceful place.
Sadly the Washington Monument wasn’t in its full glory when we passed through Washington DC. Somehow though it managed to pull off its “skeletal scaffolding” look.
Our Washington DC monuments and memorial tour finished off with a visit to the most famous building, The White House. We had a chance to walk around the country’s most famous building and catch a look at where most of the actual executive branch gets its work done, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
Of course, the White House is still the most majestic building in town.
Overall taking a tour on an eCruiser through Washington DC was a fun way to learn quite a bit about the city while still seeing many of the sites. Our tour was about 2 hours long on a Sunday morning, which gave us plenty of time to spend the rest of the day exploring on foot, and taking advantage of the free Smithsonian Museums. If you’re planning to take a trip to Washington DC, I highly suggest you consider an Urban Adventures eCruiser Tour.
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