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Although Netherlands Carillon is technically in Arlington, Virginia, you can get some of the best views of Washington DC here. This image was taken in the early morning during sunrise.

Click here to check out my guide to the 7 Best Places to Photograph the Sunrise in Washington DC.

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I went out yesterday not really know what to expect. The whole day had been foggy and rainy. At one point the sun came out. But that only lasted for 5 minutes before it got SUPER dark. The rain started pouring and I had kinda made up my mind that I was going to stay home. Twenty minutes later I looked out the window again and the rain had stopped. I went out and hoped to get some moody US Capitol shots and ended up with this. So when I say it was a crazy weather day yesterday, I ain’t lying!

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I always get tons of emails and messages about what to do in DC. So I thought I’d make these quick little guides to make life easier. Here are some different ways to enjoy the Lincoln Memorial.

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The Lincoln Memorial is the most visisted memorial in DC. I’d recommend going as early as possible so there’d be less people crowding you. The best part is that the memorial is open 24 hours so you can go any time of the day.

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The interior is just as beautiful as the exterior. This was taken at sunrise so Lincoln is feeling that early morning glow.

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You can also walk around the entire memorial and see gorgeous views of the Washington Monument, the Tidal Basin and Arlington, VA

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Here’s a cool view of the Lincoln Memorial from the top of the Washington Monument

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It’s not uncommon to see ducklings enjoying the reflecting pool in the spring/summer time.

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And if you’re lucky enough to be in the city for the fourth of July, the GW parkway off of Roosevelt island is a great place to watch the fireworks.

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Walk underneath the columns for the visitor center to learn more about honest Abe. And a tip for the ladies- the bathrooms are clean 🙂

What’s your favorite part about the Lincoln Memorial? Don’t forget to share this with your friends who are planning their visit to Washington DC.