Two months ago, I was lucky enough to travel to Washington DC, with my sixth form, for our history course where we study 20th Century American history – i.e. politics, the struggle for civil rights and the development of media. With the inauguration of Donald Trump freshly in everyone’s mind (agree with him or not), it was possibly one of the most educational and interesting times to visit the district and I felt very lucky to be there.
Monday 13th February:
After travelling all day on Sunday from London, we first visited the National Museum of American History where we saw memorabilia from some the biggest events in American history including the Star Spangled Banner, Dorothy’s Red Slippers and the First Ladies Dresses. We were also able to visit and go inside the US Capital building where we had the worst luck of missing seeing the official White House speaker Paul Ryan by a few minutes and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was speaking with Trump, by about twenty minutes. However, it was a surreal experience going inside the dome and our tour guide was amazing. In the evening, we visited the Kennedy Centre to see a free performance and had dinner in the Hard Rock Café (which was very overrated!!!)
Tuesday 14th February:
On Tuesday, we were able to see the outside of the White House itself and then we were given free time to explore around the Smithsonian area. Therefore myself and my friends visited the Air n Space Museum, where we saw lots of famous historic aircraft and space equipment including the Wright Brothers Plane and Amelia Earhart’s, and then ventured inside the Natural History Museum also. In the afternoon we all visited the new African American Museum which was opened by the Obamas(!), where it had information and memorabilia about black history in America, including politics, music, film and protest.
Wednesday 15th February
Wednesday was possibility the most surreal day for me as we were able to do the monuments tour. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time or energy to walk around all the monuments but we saw all the main ones including the World War Two Memorial, the Reflecting Pool (I felt like I was in Forrest Gump!), The Lincoln Statue, the step where Martin Luther King delivered the “I Have a Dream Speech” and the Korean and Martin Luther King Memorial. We were also able to visit the White House Visitor Centre and were able to shop in an American Shopping Mall in Virginia.
Thursday 16th February
Our last full day in Washington DC was on the Thursday. We first saw and went inside the Supreme Court and as a lot of the girls who were on the trip do politics, they were all very excited to see the official court room where the Supreme Judges sit. In the afternoon, we all visited perhaps my favourite place in Washington DC, the Newseum (which I am considering doing a whole blog post about it). If you love all things crime, journalism and news reports, the Newseum is the place to go and there is everything from famous FBI artefacts from famous cases to the official Pulitzer winning photographs – there is also an incredible 4D movie featured in the museum!
Altogether, Washington DC was one, if not the best week of my life and I couldn’t have asked for a lovelier group of people to go on the trip with 🙂
Check out my friend Laura’s vlog from our trip to DC !!