Exploring DC at Night

I've lived in the DC for about 4 years now and I've come to view it as my adopted city*.  There are two things I love most about the city: the architecture and the free-ness.  When my sister and cousin came to visit and our day got away from us, the only thing left to do was to experience this city at night.    

*not to be confused with Home, because F.I.L.A.

8:58 pm, First stop, President Obama's home. The sun hadn't gone yet so I was able to stick my arm through the rails and grab this gorgeous shot of the #blueskyblue behind one of the most famous buildings in the country.

8:58 pm,

First stop, President Obama's home. The sun hadn't gone yet so I was able to stick my arm through the rails and grab this gorgeous shot of the #blueskyblue behind one of the most famous buildings in the country.

9:07 pm,
The W Hotel looked so majestic. Unfortunately, my phone camera wasn't interested in letting me make it look as good as it did in person.

9:10 pm,
US Dept of Treasury

9:20 pm,
What's a trip to DC without a view of the Washington Monument?

9:42 pm,
I've actually seen the WWII Memorial on my runs past several times, but never really stopped to look at it (except to find the Georgia pillar, of course).  It's so pretty lit up at night.

9:54 pm,
There are few places I love in the city at night more than the Lincoln Memorial (actually, there's only one) and this picture is just a small reason why.  It's so peaceful, and even with a full crowd in the middle of the night, it's actually fairly quiet.  Take your date up there and revel in it.  You're welcome.

9:57 pm,
I had actually never seen this! My cousin had to point it out to me.  Pretty cool, especially considering we're coming up on the anniversary (there's actually a film festival to commemorate the occasion.)  It's the little things :) 

10:04 pm,
A view from the Lincoln Memorial stairs. 

10:08 pm,
Mr. Abe, in all his 99ft of glory.

10:41 pm,
Last stop on the walk back, the Eisenhower Executive Building.  Built in a French style of architecture (which apparently didn't go over well when it was first built), most staff that work for the White House actually work in this building.  Look at that - giving you facts from my segway tour last year.... I hope this comes up on Jeopardy.

So there it is, my trip down the National Mall while the moon was shining.  Sometimes it helps to just see your [adopted] city in a different light. Or maybe just a little less of it.