Washington is resplendent at night as the monuments become more three dimensional against the lights of the cityscape. You will drive up to Capitol Hill, one of the highest points in the city, to see the buildings that house and support two of the three branches of government, the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Across from the Capitol is the ornate Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world containing over 535 miles of bookshelves.
As you head down Capitol Hill you will enjoy the hilltop view as you pass the Congressional office buildings and on the way towards the Mall where most of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution are located, including the Castle, which offers a divine silhouette. From this vantage point the beautifully lit Washington Monument – a soaring 555-foot obelisk that is the tallest masonry structure in the world, and the Capitol impose themselves in the skyline.
The Jefferson Memorial, an imposing homage to the primary author of the Declaration of Independence and one of our founding fathers that is built with this trademark attribution to the domed edifices of Rome shines from across the Tidal Basin. Driving westward, you will have the chance to stop for a few minutes to view the National World War II Memorial, which pays tribute to those who served in the “last great war.”
From there you will make your way to visit the Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Veterans Memorials. Time permitting, you will drive across the Potomac River to the Iwo Jima Memorial to see the Pulitzer Prize winning photograph-turned-statue depicting the victory of the infamous World War II battle.
To conclude the evening, drive back across the Potomac and see the awe-inspiring city glowing on your way to see the White House, the home to all presidents except George Washington. The magical feeling of this illuminated city will give you an entirely new perspective of the nation’s capital.