43. Washington DC Memorials and Monuments

Posted at March 25, 2011 by 11 Comments

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The Top 10 (minus one) Washington DC Memorials, Monuments and Fun spots

You’ve probably seen a gazillion reviews and articles on Washington DC memorials and monuments.  So instead of the usual, “Guide to DC” post, I wanted to bring you a photo tour of some of my favorite spots in the city.

The most amazing photos I’ve seen of DC memorials are from Angela B. Pan, an über-talented photographer with a knack for creating near-spiritual experiences with her images.  (More on Angela to follow).

Angela in all her awesomeness, agreed to share her photos here.  So, on to our Washington DC memorials and monuments photo tour.

1. U.S Marine Corps War Memorial: Iwo Jima

In honor of our fighting heroes, this monument pulls at the heart strings.  It’s a larger-than-life sculpture set against a beautiful view of the city.

An iconic image on its own but the clouds add an additional emotional element

2. The Jefferson Memorial

Located along the Tidal Basin, the Jefferson Memorial is the perfect spot for Spring.  Not only can you learn about our nation’s third president, you can enjoy paddle boating or taking in the Cherry Blossoms.

This photo is magically framed by the cherry blossoms looking over the tidal basin. Amazing!

3. The Lincoln Memorial

Catch the best sunrise in DC at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall.   It’s well worth setting your early morning alarm and grabbing your camera.  You’ll avoid the crowds and enjoy the mind-blowing architecture.  It’s one of the most popular Washington DC Memorials.

The sun light does amazing things to the Lincoln Memorial in the morning. Perfect Lighting!

4. The U.S Capitol Building

If you ever get the chance, do yourself a favor and go on the free US Capitol Tour.  It is very informative and the interior is just as beautiful as the exterior.

This image was so beautifully captured, it almost looks like a painting.

5. The National Air and Space Museum

Located in Chantilly, VA, this two tiered museum gives you the opportunity to see airplanes and space shuttles up close and personal.  A wonderful experience!

Almost close enough to touch, the space shuttle looks like it's getting ready for one last mission

6. The Reflection Pool

It never fails,  every time I’m there, I always hear someone say something about Jenny running through the water in Forrest Gump.

A dreamy look at one of the most visually moving locations in the DC area

7. The National History Museum

One of my all time favorite museums. I love learning about animals and rocks, but one of the coolest things is the imposing elephant in the foyer.

I love views of large objects from an angle like this one. Wonderful image!

8. The Washington Monument

This centerpiece of the National Mall is photographed by thousands each year.   To get a different perspective, take a look at what it looks like from an ant’s point of view.

An imposing yet beautiful structure from a truly unique perspective.

9. The White House

Currently, the Obama family home, if you’re lucky, you may see the first dog, Bo running around on the front lawn.

Simply the most beautiful image I've ever seen of the White House.

The photographer behind these amazing photos: Angela B. Pan

I am a DC native to the core.  My interest in photography started when I was in high school and continued while I was at VCU (art education and art history) and GMU (marketing).

I’ve always loved to travel and I really wanted to find a way where I could make it my living. Photography was the perfect piece to the puzzle.

I’ve been actively taking landscape and nature images for about a year now and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Future goal: some how make it overseas with my photography and to take a road trip around the US

Why are Angela’s photos so amazing?

Angela uses a process called High Dynamic Range (HDR) where multiple exposures are combined to get a more accurate perception of what the eye sees.  You can see more of her amazing work and purchase framed pictures here


Hope you enjoyed this photo tour.  Now get out there and enjoy the Washington DC Memorials and monuments.  Have a blast!

About rohan

Accountant, foodie, semi-extrovert, and travel addict, bringing you a list of the most awesome Things to do in Washington DC. So, was this post helpful? I'd like to hear ALL your feedback. Comment below and I'll respond right away.

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11 Responses to “43. Washington DC Memorials and Monuments”

  1. Mark says:

    These pictures are truly awesome. Wonderful work Angela, you are a talented photographer. I just need it to warm up a few degrees and I’m out there!

  2. Mary says:

    Wow! These photos are unreal! So lovely!

  3. Ana says:

    Loved this photo tour. It reminds me that I need to get out and see DC a bit more. I’ve been in the city for over 13 years and haven’t visited the monuments yet. I always think of them as a touristy thing, but I’ll be sure to get out there this year.

    Thanks for this lovely post. Angela your photos are gorg!

    • rohan says:

      I know what you mean Ana. It took me a while to take in the monuments myself, because I used to think of them as the out-of-towners thing to do. Haha, but now I try to take it as much as DC as I can. Why should the tourists have all the fun? 🙂

      • Angela says:

        I know what you both mean. If it weren’t for photography, I would of never visted more than half of these places. You guys should try it out, definitely a good time!

  4. KD says:

    LOVE the photos……..but wasn’t the photo of the elephant in the rotunda take at the NATURAL History Museum?

  5. lirko says:

    These photos are jusr epic!!!!

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