February 24, 2014

Project DC: FDR Memorial


The FDR Memorial seemed like one of those sights that I should see while in DC. It seemed important, yet when the hubs and I added it to our list of touristy things to do one afternoon, I had to admit that I knew very little about it and had no idea what to expect. Just another memorial, right?

As it turns out, this memorial isn't just a simple statue tucked away downtown. It's a sprawling series of sculptures and tributes to FDR, and it is best appreciated by devoting adequate time to wander around. I was reminded of FDR's many contributions to our country, and I like how this memorial also gave me a bit of context for what was happening in the country during his presidency. 


The memorial area seems so quiet, perhaps because not as many tourists make it to this area of the Tidal Basin, or many because it's just the type of place that exists in hushed tones. Either way, it's beautiful, and I imagine it's even lovelier in the springtime when the tree buds and leaves add more dimension. There are even some parts of the memorial that include running water, but since we visited in January, we weren't able to witness it.... which basically means that we'll need to come back in a warmer season. :)



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Want to read more about having fun in DC? Follow along as I embark on Project DC:

3. Go on a White House tour.
6. Take a day trip to Annapolis.
7. Go to the Newseum.
8. Go back to Jazz in the Garden when it starts up again in the spring.
9. Go to the Holocaust Museum.
11. See the FDR Memorial.
13. Go to the National Portrait Gallery.
14. Go to the Corcoran.
17. Go to more embassy events.
19. See the drum circle at Malcolm X Park.
20. Mini golf at H Street Country Club.
21. Evening drinks at POV.
22. Visit the National Archives.
24. Walk through the National Arboretum.
26. Go to the Jefferson Memorial.
27. Visit the National Gallery of Art.