I didn’t realize it at the time I booked this trip, but this game happened on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, an event that shaped the American people for decades to come. (and 10 days later the Capitol turned 150 years old!) Washington bears witness to a long and eventful history, and we used the opportunity to play tourist for a couple of days and see the various monuments and museum that are legion around the National Mall. We flew in from Montreal the day before the game so we had the entire game day available, as well as most of the day after. We would try to cram in as much sightseeing as possible.
The Lincoln Memorial is stunning. Great tribute to a man who shaped his nation.
General Ulysses S. Grant. He led the Union’s army in the Civil War, defeating the Confederate forces led by Robert. E. Lee, and went on to become the 18th President of the United States.
James A. Garfield, one of four american presidents to be assassinated.
The Verizon Center is on the very edge of Chinatown.
Major restoration efforts are almost completed at the Washington Monument. It was damaged in an earthquake in 2011.
The Lincoln Memorial building.
Looking out from the Lincoln Memorial.
Korean War Memorial
The Old Post Office
The Capitol. Pictures don’t do justice to how impressive it is, overlooking the National Mall.