Weekend Wanderer: Seattle to Washington, D.C.

Residing in Portland, Oregon, Jon Trend is a photographer with an eye for the undiscovered shot who uses the city as his natural backdrop. He just returned from an Instagram takeover in Washington, D.C. as part of Alaska’s Weekend Wanderer series. For more Weekend Wanderer posts, make sure you’re following Alaska Airlines on Instagram.

Exploring Washington D.C. was nothing like I had expected it to be. The rich history and beautiful architecture were so captivating, and I couldn’t put my camera down during my entire trip. As I walked through the monuments and explored the vast art galleries and museums, I was overwhelmed with inspiration.

The first thing I noticed while exploring Washington D.C. was how clean the city was. Every place I wandered to, hung out at, and dined in was spotless. There was just something so sharp and refined about this city that I wasn’t used to.

While photographing my way around the city, one place that stood out to me was the Library of Congress. While observing the amount of detail in every piece of the architecture and the elegant murals that lined the interior, I felt like I transported to a whole new world. It has always fascinated me how diverse every part of our country really is.

Aside from the unpredictable weather, my trip to Washington D.C. was more than a success. I was able to see and cross things off my bucket list, experience a new part of the country I had never visited before, and immerse myself in the history I’ve only read about in books. Now I can say from firsthand experience that Washington D.C. is one destination that should be on everybody’s bucket list.

Read more: An insider’s guide to Washington, D.C.

@jtrend_ here! I'll be taking over the @alaskaair account this weekend sharing some of my favorite shots while I wander around DC! Stoked to share this journey with you. (Photo 1 DC cherry blossoms)

@jtrend_ here! I’ll be taking over the @alaskaair account this weekend sharing some of my favorite shots while I wander around DC! Stoked to share this journey with you.

After completing my first full day in DC I was blown away. The amount of history and amazing architecture is crazy! Here's a shot from when I visited the Lincoln Memorial yesterday.

After completing my first full day in DC I was blown away. The amount of history and amazing architecture is crazy! Here’s a shot from when I visited the Lincoln Memorial yesterday.

4.By far one of the most breath taking monuments in DC. The Vietnam memorial took my breath away. You could hear a pin drop as you walked along reading the countless names on the wall.

By far one of the most breath taking monuments in DC. The Vietnam memorial took my breath away. You could hear a pin drop as you walked along reading the countless names on the wall.

During my visit the Capitol dome was being restored. Even under construction, it’s still remarkable.

During my visit the Capitol dome was being restored. Even under construction, it’s still remarkable.

Played with Elephants at the National Museum of Natural History.

Played with Elephants at the National Museum of Natural History.

Finishing up the weekend by exploring the National Gallery of Art. The interior of the museums are a spectacle within themselves.

Finishing up the weekend by exploring the National Gallery of Art. The interior of the museums are a spectacle within themselves.

My weekend in DC has come to an end. It has been a blast being able to see and capture this historical city. Crazy how much you can fit into just one weekend.

My weekend in DC has come to an end. It has been a blast being able to see and capture this historical city. Crazy how much you can fit into just one weekend.

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