Ever year for the past 4 years, a group of Conference Attendees have adventured out at night to see the Washington, DC monuments lit up at night. If you’ve never seen the monuments at night, you’re missing out. There is a beautiful sense of peace and solitude within seeing those statues at night and it’s impossible not to reflect on the great sacrifices and moments of leadership reflected in their stone. The crowds at night are much smaller, allowing you time to truly explore and reflect at the monuments.
What started as a small group of YPNers has continued to grow each year. We have had veterans join us and share their stories. Last year, the Police Unity Tour which honors all fallen Police Officers, parading their motorcycles in front of the Lincoln Memorial and we were able to watch their incredible ceremony.
For those interested in joining, we will meet at the Washington Monument at 10pm for our 4th annual Unofficial monuments tour. If you get lost or want to meet up with us later, just text me at 402-630-9880 and I can give you the status of where we currently are.
Some of us like to bike the monuments. For those wanting to bike, I have attached a map into the group that includes all of the Capital Bikeshare pickup locations.
By order we will visit the following monuments (3 miles walking):
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Martin Luther King Memorial
World War II Monument
Depending on how the group feels and how late it is, we can attempt to visit the FDR and Jefferson Memorials, which are an additional mile.
Transporation (see map for aid):
Uber: Usually a group of us takes Uber/Lyft/Taxi from the lobby.
By Metro: Take the orange line to the Smithsonian Stop.
By Car: Street parking is readily available and free at night according to the travel websites. They recommend parking on Ohio St.