For as long as I can remember I have watched “A Capitol Fourth” on PBS, every 4th of July. I love the music and the fireworks with Washington, DC and all of the monuments as a backdrop. Since I was a little girl, I dreamed of sitting on the National Mall, on the 4th of July, experiencing it all firsthand. Unfortunately, as I have gotten older (and acquired more camera equipment) my tolerance for being crammed into large crowds of people has decreased. The idea of spending a hot, July day sitting on the grass with 80,000 of my closest friends makes me hyperventilate a little. But I REALLY wanted to see those fireworks. So I started doing some research and I found a way to make it work.
My husband and I traveled to Washington, DC in July 2009. We reserved a room at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia and requested a room with a view of the Washington Monument (my husband had stayed at this hotel before on business and knew it had the right view, but I was also able to find hotels with monument views via Google). Our room had floor to ceiling windows with a clear view of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, as well as the Key Bridge and the skyline of Georgetown. It was perfect. Read More→