After leaving the F.D.R. memorial (see Part 1), continue counterclockwise around the Tidal Basin -- which, up close, is disappointingly murky and dirty. You’ll come to the Jefferson Memorial, considered by many to be the most beautiful structure in D.C. Here, however, as in the Lincoln Memorial, it sounds like a cocktail party, despite the signs requesting quiet. Still it’s worth a few moments to reacquaint yourself with Jefferson’s words, written upon the walls here.
Next stop after circling the Tidal Basin, the Washington Monument towers over the mall and just about everything else in D.C. (By law, no building except this stands higher than the Capitol, preserving the low-rise skyline here...Read More