A month after its opening, I finally made the trip down to the National Mall to visit the new Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial.
The monument is spectacular and the design fits perfectly into the theme of the Mall’s memorials. I took a few pictures and made a promise to myself that I would return – which should be easy since the memorial is only a five minute walk from my job.
The Wonders I See Without Traveling
Every weekday, I walk along the National Mall on my way to work.
The Holocaust Museum is next door, the Bureau of Printing and Engraving is a minute further, the Washington monument is behind my building, yet I’ve never taken the time to visit many of these free attractions.
I’ve challenged myself to get out and visit these museums and monuments and to explore the city that I’m living in.
A Journey To Be A Resident Tourist
My goal is to become an expert of my city and I challenge you to do the same. Each place, no matter the size, has unique treasures, history and culture.
Take some time to visit your city’s website and find the section geared for visitors.
Regional newspapers are also a good method of finding special events that locals might overlook. Become a resident tourist of your town to rekindle your appreciation for the piece of the world that you reside on.
I’m a vacation advocate and I’m always looking for my next big trip, but enjoying the treasures right around me is a great way to take time out and reflect on the gifts of the present.
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