Monumental DC, USA

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Essentials

  • Starts at The White House.
  • The walk consists of sealed paths, it is about 8 km and not demanding.
  • You do not need a map or signposts as each new destination can be seen from the last.
  • Level of difficulty (on scale of 1 easy to 5 challenging): 1.

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The walk

We did this walk in January 2014, a day before the Polar Vortex descended upon Mid-West USA.  It was dry and cold.  It had snowed the night before, transforming Washington DC into a winter wonderland.

There are some impressive monuments to take in along the way.

There are shops in the first two kms of the walk, and the only toilets are in museums and cafes.

Coffee tip – do this walk on a weekday and you can grab a good espresso from Bolla (on 15th Street, between North G and F Streets).

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Highlights and hidden treasures

  • Jefferson Memorial (tip: do not walk up the external stairs when frosty or wet).
  • Martin Luther King Memorial.
  • Lincoln Memorial.
  • Korean War and Vietnam memorials.
  • The Washington Memorial (which was not open, as post-earthquake repairs were underway).

 

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