If you’re a nerd like me who gets hyper about history, Washington, D.C. is the ultimate destination. You can’t take five steps in the capital city without practically tripping over something of historical value. It’s everywhere. I thought I hit the pinnacle of our nation’s history when my buddy Robert and I took a D.C. bus trip in 2016. Little did I know that three short years later, I would trek back to our nation’s capital for an even more epic journey.
My wife and I signed up for a bus trip through JH Travel and Diamond Tours. It was a steal at $797 per person, especially when you consider that other tour groups charge over $1000 for similar trips.
I adore D.C. because it brings history to life. Most of us were bored to death in school by uninspired history textbooks. Unless you had a phenomenal teacher, American history was just another letter on your report card. Experiencing D.C. in person is valuable because it proves the existence of the monumental people and places you’ve always heard so much about. Figures like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson can seem so mythical, in part because it seems unfathomable that a relatively small group of individuals could rise up against the strongest empire in the world to form a new nation from scratch.
I’ve always believed that the best way to describe a trip is through pictures. I love to write, but I don’t have words strong enough to keep pace with epic photos from epic trips. Before I get to a roundup of gratuitous photography, I want to point out that regardless of what landmarks you visit on a trip, it’s people who ultimately make a trip legendary. This time around was no different. From Janie and Rick of JH Travel to John our CIT bus driver to David our hop-on tour guide to the lovely Australian couple we met in the Capitol cafeteria, people make the difference. Most of all, our fellow travelers made the trip enjoyable. They were characters who gave the trip character. We were all there for the same reason: to enjoy and learn.
On this year’s trip, we saw more than I could ever imagine. I’ve tried my best to include as many sights as possible in the photos below, but there are still so many landmarks missing: fixtures like Embassy Row and various statues that we did not snap photos of, places like the Obamas’ house that zoomed by too quickly for our reflexes, and artifacts like the Declaration of Independence, the Magna Carta, and the Star-Spangled Banner flag, all of which are banned from photographers’ lenses.
And now, on to what you really came to see: an ample assortment of stunning sights. Credit goes to my wife, the expert photographer, for most of these images.