The sunrise last Saturday was not all that glamorous. Yet it was the last day that I was able to get up early and easily make it to Mount Washington by myself before I end the lease of my Shadyside apartment and completely move out of the city. That milestone status makes this morning trip blog-worthy.
This Instagram caption said it well: “After today, I’m convinced that the Tidal Basin is actually a portal to an alternate universe where thousands of people come together at sunrise to shed their miserable morning demeanor.” ─ @rayhayhurst
The National Mall in DC has the deception effect that Las Vegas Strip has, just in a smaller scale. In the open area of and near the Mall, every landmark seems walkable. On a nice day with plenty of time, walking is indeed the best way to get around. But under the heat in the muggy August or when you are in a rush, getting from the Lincoln Memorial to the visitor center of the Capitol on foot would not be quite feasible. Tidal Basin is the same. It actually takes some time to walk around the basin. If lighting and timing are important to you, you might want to know exactly where and when to be to get good pictures.