US 50 - Washington, DC
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Welcome to Washington, DC - The Nation's Capital.
US 50 is known in Washington as New York Avenue.
It is one of the older
thoroughfares into the center of the District. As you enter the city, you can see the
Capitol to the left and in the distance the Washington Monument.
Some of these monuments can be seen better with a pair of
Next we cross Pennsylvania
Avenue. On the left side, we have another view of the Capitol. Now, US 50 West becomes
Constitution Avenue NW. We pass all the big government buildings on Constitution Avenue,
including the Smithsonian Institution, the Old Post Office and the Internal Revenue Service
building. This area is called the Federal Triangle.
Also, on the left we pass the Washington
Monument. It is adjacent to Route 50. On the right side, we can now see in the
distance the White House. At the end of 21st Street where it crosses Constitution Avenue,
we have the Vietnam Memorial. We
remember that on our day of departure from home, April 30, it was 20 years ago that Saigon
fell. Recently the Vietnam Women's Memorial
was unveiled in a grove of trees across from the Vietnam Memorial. The bronze statue
depicts three women and one wounded soldier supported on a pile of sandbags.
We always enjoy a visit to the
Albert Einstein Memorial located in front of the National Academy of Sciences. A
21-foot high bronze statue shows the genius pondering a 3,000 star galaxy carved on black
On the left side we pass the Lincoln
Memorial and drive toward the Kennedy Center
on the right. US 50 exits the District of Columbia over the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial
Bridge, crossing the Potomac River into Virginia, our home state.
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