Way back near the beginning of my semester, I went out monument hopping with some friends (you know, getting all that touristy stuff out of the way as early as we could).

Monument hopping in DC hits you with a dosage of patriotism, and the fact that it was Martin Luther King Day really adds to the sentiments.

Now, it’s a lot of walking and a lot of picture taking, so make sure to schedule out at least an afternoon to get in everything you want to see. My group of friends and I left a little before noon, and spent half the day taking in the sites.

Also, watch out for the squirrels. They’re a little too friendly.

Rider University junior Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elian takes photos of the Washington Monument.

Rider University junior Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elian takes photos of the Washington Monument.

Lafayette University sophomore Danielle Moore makes friends with a squirrel. That friendship ended quickly when the squirrel got a little handsy.

Lafayette University sophomore Danielle Moore makes friends with a squirrel. That friendship ended quickly when the squirrel got a little handsy.

Rice University junior Tina Nazerian takes photos at the World War II Memorial.

Rice University junior Tina Nazerian takes photos at the World War II Memorial.

Lafayette University sophomore Danielle Moore enjoys a day of monument hopping with her camera. The day provided a good amount of sunlight for photos and exploration.

Lafayette University sophomore Danielle Moore enjoys a day of monument hopping with her camera. The day provided a good amount of sunlight for photos and exploration.

Knox College junior Casey Mendoza (hey, that's me!) poses next to Illinois' pillar at the World War II Memorial. As a photographer, non-selfie photos of Casey are rare.

Knox College junior Casey Mendoza (hey, that’s me!) poses next to Illinois’ pillar at the World War II Memorial. As a photographer, non-selfie photos of Casey are rare.