Running is a great way to get your bearings in a new place. On recent trips to Berlin and Copenhagen, I took a morning run on my first day in town and loved it. It’s the perfect way to orient yourself—you can cover a lot of ground before the city is overrun by tourists, you see landmarks in the peaceful morning hours, and you get a feel for the non-touristy part of the city as you watch locals start their day. It takes the pressure off the rest of your day, too, since you already have an idea of what the city has to offer and you feel less of a rush to squeeze in a busy day of moving from one sight to the next.
I lived in DC for several years, so when I recently visited for a work conference it wasn’t a new place to me. But I thought a morning run would offer a new perspective on the city (I didn’t start running until after I moved from DC to LA a few years ago).
I did a 4 mile loop, which served as a perfect tour around the major sites. With the exception of a group at the Lincoln memorial, hardly anyone was out and I had the city to myself.
I started at the Treasury Building. This is where I worked during my last job in DC, and seeing it brought back good memories.
Going south, I went by the Washington Monument.
This path leads along the tidal basin toward the Jefferson Memorial.
Another plus to running in the morning is that the light is great for pictures.
I came across a fellow runner at the Jefferson Memorial.
The FDR Memorial is along the west side of the tidal basin, as you make your way back up toward the Mall.
FDR’s scottie dog is the only presidential pet to be memorialized in a national monument.
This group was doing some sort of cross-fit training on the Lincoln Memorial steps.
I took a few pictures inside the Lincoln Memorial. This was my favorite.
Here are two more from inside the memorial.
Here’s the view looking across the Mall toward the Washington Monument.
I don’t remember for sure, but I seem to recall the reflecting pool had been empty in the past. Was glad to see it back to normal.
I started to close the loop by heading northeast, passing by the Vietnam Memorial.
This path took me along a small pond with its own little island.
Cruising by the White House, almost done …
And back where I started at Treasury.