Wow. Who said tourist traps couldn’t be fun? Tonight I flew into DC, checked into my hotel, then walked down to Union Station to meet my best friend from middle school. We did a little shopping, a lot of drinking at Uno’s, then headed off to our Big Bus Tour.

Upon recommendations from some friends, I reserved us two tickets for a night-time, double-decker, big-bus tour. At first I was nervous when the driver announced that the tour’s duration was approximately 3.5 hours long with two stops at various memorials– it was almost 8pm already and we hadn’t even disembarked. It didn’t matter anyhow because by the time we found this out we were sitting on the roof of this red monstrosity, and basically, that ship had sailed.

Within minutes of leaving the station, I was immediately bombarded and overwhelmed by glorious monument after, magnificently crafted building, after meticulously manicured landscape, after… Seriously, DC is built to impress.

Our first stop was a visit to the FDR, Korean War, and MLK monuments. I won’t try to describe in words just how beautiful and majestic the monuments are; I will just say that every American should make the trip to DC to see their glory.

The second stop was at the Lincoln, Washington, Vietnam, and WWII monuments. Once again, these are all truly spectacular and moving. To sum it up, there really isn’t a better way or time to get acquainted with America’s monuments than taking the night-time Big Bus tour right at the start of your trip.

***Note*** The Washington Monument is closed to the public until at least the end of 2013 and possibly into 2015. For the best views of DC, visit the Old Post Office Pavilion and take their free elevator up to the observation deck!

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