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Accessible D.C.

A February 2006 trip to Washington, D.C. by kwasiak

World War II Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: This journal contains reviews of places I visited with my brother, during his weekend visit to D.C., as well as some comments on wheelchair accessibility.

Accessible D.C.

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Capitol seen from Native American Museum Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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While studying in D.C. for a semester, my brother, who uses a wheelchair for traveling and touring, and Dad came to visit for a long weekend. During their visit, we saw the monuments and memorials on the Mall. We also visited the National Museum of the American Indian, which was of particular interest to my brother, who was in the middle of a unit on Native Americans at school. We also visited the Botanical Gardens and saw Sheer Madness at the Kennedy Center.Quick Tips: If you want to go to the top of the Washington Monument, be sure to arrive early in the day to get a timed entry ticket. You can get one for later in the day and go see the other monuments and memorials on the mall or go to a ...Read More

National Mall & Memorial Parks

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Attraction | "The Memorials on the National Mall"

National Mall & Memorial Parks Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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One afternoon we walked along the Mall from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, visiting the World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Korean Memorial along the way. We got to the Lincoln Memorial around sunset and had a beautiful view of the Washington Monument in the Reflecting Pond.The World War II Memorial is the newest monument on the Mall, being dedicated on May 29, 2004. As you enter the Memorial from the main entrance, on the sides are reliefs with scenes from the war. The main feature of the memorial are the 56 pillars with the names of the US states and territories, along with District of Columbia, that helped in the war effort as part of the US contributio...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 4, 2006

National Mall & Memorial Parks
900 Ohio Drive, SW
Washington, D.C., United States 20024
(202) 426-6841

Washington Monument

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Washington Monument Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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My only memories of my first trip to DC, when I was 6, was going to the top of the Washington Monument and knocking over a cardboard Bill Clinton. Since then I have been back to DC several times, but have not been able to get to the top, due to various reasons such as its renovation and not arriving early enough for tickets. The weekend my brother and Dad came to visit me while studying in DC, I decided to make sure we went to the top, as the only other time my brother had been to DC was during its renovation. They got tickets in the morning for us to go to the top after my classes on Friday.In my opinion, to truly experience DC, you must see it from above. It is also the only way to tru...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 4, 2006

Washington Monument
Near the Center of the National Mall
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 426-6841

Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of the American Indian

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Attraction | "National Museum of the American Indian"

Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of the American Indian Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The National Museum of the American Indian is located on the National Mall. The closest metro stop is Federal Center SW, which is located on the Blue and Orange Lines. The L’Enfant Plaza Stop is also nearby and is served by the Blue, Orange, Yellow, and Green lines. My suggestion is, if you are coming from the Red line that is usually less of a hassle changing to the Yellow or Green at Chinatown, then trying to change to the Blue or Orange at Metro Center, which is often crowded and hard to maneuver in, especially with a wheelchair. The museum is open every day of the year, except Christmas, from 10am to 5:30pm.The museum is made up of three main exhibits: Our Peoples, Our Universes, and...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 6, 2006

Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of the American Indian
Fourt Street and Independence Avenue on the National Mall
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 357-1300