My Washington, D.C. Trip


Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial was finished on May 30, 1922. The purpose of this memorial was to honor Abraham Lincoln and all that he did for our nation during the Civil War. The statue itself is 19 feet tall and is 175 tons. The whole monument is made up of a couple different materials such as granite, marble, and limestone.

The Jefferson Memorial stands 19 feet tall, weighs five tons, and is made out of bronze. The statue was completed in 1943. This monument was to honor the third president of the United States for what he did to make the nation strong and great.


Marine Corps Memorial

The Marine Corps Memorial or more well known as Iwo Jima, was made by Felix W. de Weldon. He made the statue out of plaster in multiple pieces, but then sent it away to be covered in bronze. All the pieces were sent back to D.C. and got reassembled. The 6 men that stand on the 10 ft base are 32 ft tall. These men hold the American Flag, the flag is 60 ft high. Felix worked with three surviving soldiers and carved their faces in the clay of the statue. This memorial honors all of the Marines that have died defending the United States.

Vietnam Memorial

The Vietnam memorial contains three parts: The Three Soldier statue, the Vietnam Women's Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The Three Soldier Statue has an European American, an African American, and a Hispanic American. These different races of men shows how different groups of people came together during the war. In the Vietnam Women's Memorial, there are three female nurses taking care of an injured soldier. This memorial shows that if you are a female or a male, your help in the war makes a big difference. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall contain over 58,000 names that are placed in chronological order. The Vietnam Memorial pays tribute to members of the U.S. Armed Forces that were killed or went missing during the Vietnam War.

U.S. Capital

The United States Capital is a symbol of American people, government, a place for the nation's legislature to meet, and a home to American art. Construction began in 1793 and improvements are still taking place today.

Smithsonian Museums

Natural History Museum

At the Natural History Museum there was a little bit of everything. There was stuff about space, the ocean, dinosaurs, there was a butterfly pavilion, and my favorite part the gems and minerals. There were thousands of gems and stones of all different shapes and sizes.


When we were at the Holocaust Memorial Museum we went to Daniel's Story. This was about a boy's life in the Holocaust, how he was treated, and what happened in his point of view. In this exhibit, Daniel's house was shown and all around the house was his diary entries.

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Arlington National Cemetery

At Arlington National Cemetery the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier stands, looking over Washington. The Tomb sarcophagus is placed over the grave of the unidentified American Soldier from World War I. This Tomb is guarded by a guard 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Arlington has the grave of President John F. Kennedy. Along next to him lies his wife, Jacqueline and his two kids Patrick and an unnamed stillborn daughter. The USS Maine Mast memorial was dedicated May 30, 1915 and it was built by Norcross Brothers Company. This monument cost them $56,147.94 to make. The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on January 28,1986. The captain and seven other astronauts are buried at Arlington. At the Memorial, their faces and names are carved on the monument and on the back is a poem. Also buried at Arlington is the grave of Audie Murphy. Audie is the most decorated American soldier of World War II.
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The White House

On my trip to Washington, we stopped by the White House. The White House is the workplace and the home of the President of the United States. In the White House there are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators. The house was constructed between 1792 and 1800. In the White House there is a lot of american history along with paintings and portraits of past presidents. Statues and sculptures. Furniture and china are there too. Art in the White House is purchased or donated.

The National Zoo

At the National Zoo there are about 2,000 animals and about 400 different species. Currently, the main attraction are the giant pandas. Also at the zoo are elephants, lions, flamingos, otters, seals, and more.

The Dinner Cruise

This Dinner Cruise was the best part of my D.C. trip. It was a lot of fun with all of my friends. The food that we ate was pretty good. The inside of the ship was really nice, the restrooms just wasn't the best smelling. When we went up to the top was where I had the most fun.

Travel and Hotel

My bus driver was Paul. Paul was a good driver and tolerated all of the noise that everyone made. My group was Amy, Cara, Amelia, and myself. The hotel room was nice and was pretty big.