Previously, I published a post titled The National Mall (Daylight). People swear it is an entirely different experience at night, and I have to agree that away from the crowds and under the starlight that you see a different angle of the Mall.
My first evening experience on the National Mall was on the 4th of July. Cacia and I decided to brave the crowds to see the fireworks, which were truly an amazing experience. Getting to the Jefferson Memorial, however, was not a picturesque experience due to multiple security checkpoints we had to pass through. I have spent enough time on the National Mall to know basically every route to a memorial, and it took us 1.5 hours to get from Metro Center (Red line) to the memorial. However, our timing was perfect, as this location was not terribly packed and full of mostly respectful people. The payoff was gorgeous too.
While we figured this was a bucket list experience, we both agreed that we plan to come back and see the fireworks next year. Our viewing area was spectacular, but we hope to try the Lincoln Memorial next year!
When my friend, Emily, came into town this week, it happened to coincide with the August full moon. I thought this would be the perfect time to finish seeing the National Mall at night!
Since it was nighttime, we were not really looking to cover the whole National Mall (See my former post for that!), but we were trying to see the monuments with the most interesting lighting. My personal favorite view is the view from the World War II Memorial, looking towards the Lincoln Memorial.
The World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial were my favorites to see in the dark. There are some amazing pictures online of the Lincoln Memorial in the nighttime, but it is really hard to get a great picture of it closer. There are tons of people on the stairs taking pictures with flash, which makes it hard to even to get a good view. If you really want a great view of the Lincoln Memorial and/or a great picture, a summer full moon may not be the best night.
However, if you go to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, you have a great view of that monument, and the Jefferson Memorial looks pretty from afar too.
While I will agree that the National Mall in the evening is a great experience, I just love it so much more during the daytime! I missed the trees and the green on the night walk.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s blog! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post them! The one and only Hudson dog is here this weekend, and he had a great walk on Roosevelt Island, which I will post about next week!
On an unrelated note, my friend Emma (Mentioned in Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve) just started her own Florida State Parks blog after being inspired by this blog. If you want to check out her blog, featuring her adorable Cocker Spaniel hiking in Florida, check it out here!