Washington D.C. Monuments at Night

Visiting DC? Long time resident? There are things in the city you just can’t miss while you’re in town. We’re here to share what we know with you! Hopefully it will help make your experience in our wonderful city is the best it could be!
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Is this the right time to mention how much I love this city? All the history that has happened, all the green spaces, all the excitement…it is absolutely energizing! Does that make me a nerd? Who cares.

I have been a DC resident for almost two years and have been regularly visiting since ’08 and to this day one of my favorite things about this city is the monuments at night. Everything is lit up and when the weather is nice, I love sitting on the steps of the Capitol just watching the sun set. There is something so incredibly serene about how quiet everything is.

Something that a lot of tourists miss is visiting the monuments at night. The city goes to sleep (this isn’t NYC after all), but the lights don’t turn off. Add this to your ‘visiting DC’ bucket list. I promise you won’t regret it. Take a run at night or rent a bike and ride down to the National Mall. Bring some snacks, a camera, and sit for a while.

You really can’t go wrong with any of the monuments, but for the best views, I suggest the Lincoln Memorial. The best part about it is that you get great views no matter where you sit. On a nice night you will undoubtedly find a large group of people doing the exact same thing. Company is a good thing, right? If you want more privacy, head around back of the memorial and look out over the bridge.  I’m also a huge sucker for the Jefferson Memorial but it’s a bit more cumbersome to get to in the dark.



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