Accessible Road Trip in the USA: Moved by the Words of World Leaders in Washington, DC

Torrance and Roosevelt

In Torrance’s words, Washington, DC was “governmentty”, with lots of state department buildings.

The Holiday Inn Capitol Hill that we stayed at had the best accessible facility. Of all the hotels that had a roll in shower, this was by far the best (with the exception of Disney Magic). It was my personal favourite because of all the extra space and three beds!


Washington, DC is a city that you will need more then a few hours in! With lots of museums and monuments to visit. It wasn’t planned that way but we made it in time for the Memorial Day weekend, so the city was full of life and energy. The first monument we visited was Thomas Jefferson, Torrance was in awe of the structure due to its size. I was moved by his words that’s inscribed on the four walls surrounding his statue; freedom of religion, equality for state and people, and for institutions to adapt to the changing of times really resonates with my own beliefs.

We then visited Franklin D. Roosevelt, his wife Eleanor had this beautiful quote of her husband:

“Franklin’s illness gave him strength and courage he had not had before, he had to think out the fundamentals of living and learn the greatest of all lessons; infinite patience and never ending persistence.”
He served three terms as president and was very wise, I was very emotional after reading his many thoughts on the world many of which applies to our world today inscribed at his memorial.
We then walked over to Dr. Martin Luther King, one of the people I look up to. His passages also resonated with me, especially this one:
“Make a career of humanity, commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”
His “I Have a Dream” was one of the first official speeches I listened to when I was younger, it still moves me to this day.
After visiting Dr. Martin Luther King, we headed over to Lincoln and to the Reflecting Pool. To be able to stand in the same steps where Dr. King gave the “I Have a Dream” speech sent shivers down my spine as I stood there overlooking the area where he delivered the speech, a defining moment in the American Civil Rights movement.
Torrance really enjoyed the Lincoln memorial, something that he’s seen on TV and movies many times and to see it in person really made him happy.
We really didn’t make enough time for Washington, as we planned on catching the Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians game that evening. A short drive to attempt to see the White House (didn’t catch much of it, we’ll be back for it though!) and passed by the Verizon Center and Capitol Hill and off we went to Baltimore.
We made it to Orioles Park at Camden Yards after an inning and got some good seats on the third base side of the park. The park was accessible we were able to get to our seats with ease, however there were no accessible front row seats like PNC Park. The best part of the game was the fan base! They were very passionate and cheered for good baseball regardless of the team. Of course when the Orioles scored the park would erupt! We were fortunate enough to watch the O’s win (the Jays won that night and is now first in the division which was the cherry on top!). Since it was the Memorial Day weekend, they had a firework spectacular post-game!
What a trip it has been. Another day in Philadelphia and we’ll be on our way home.
Read our previous entries:
Day 6 – 8 – On Disney Magic
Day 7 & 8 – In the Bahamas
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