The Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial, featuring a large, evocative aluminum sculpture of a cresting wave and seagulls in flight, sits on Columbia Island on the Arlington side of the Potomac.
The National Arboretum makes for a pleasant park, but its official mission is education and research. With 446 acres and 9.5 miles of meandering roads, it’s laid out as a very large park with paddocks, forested areas, ponds, and groves, lots of groves. If you have the slightest interest in gardening you’ll be delighted, but you’ll also love it if you’re just looking for a relaxing ride or walk in the countryside–in the middle of a major world city.
Many first-time visitors to Washington DC are surprised at how small the White House is. But what it lacks in physical size it makes up for in stature. It’s probably the most widely recognized building in the the United States. Unfortunately, security restrictions make it a challenging photographic subject.
The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool does what it does best very well indeed, providing some great photographic opportunities for capturing reflections of the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. After extensive renovations over the past couple of years, it’s now back in business, looking better than ever.