Inauguration weekend in D.C. attracted visitors from all over the country, including some USC students who made the 2,500-mile journey to celebrate President Trump.
Mike Feehan, a junior and business major at USC, said he didn't need any motivation to fly out for the inauguration because he's supported Trump since June 2015. He said he knew he'd be traveling to D.C. within 10 minutes of Trump's victory.
"I think it was a no-brainer to come," said Feehan. "We booked our flight the night he won."
Feehan was accompanied by Connor Fugman, another USC student, who missed class to attend Trump's inauguration.
"My professor knows and he was okay with it," Fugman said. "I just felt like since I've never been to D.C., it would be a great opportunity to come out, witness history and be a part of something special."
Feehan and Fugman said being in D.C. for the inauguration was exciting. Unlike at USC, they were surrounded by many other Trump supporters.
"It's a great atmosphere here," Feehan said. "I've gotten a few high-fives and people say, 'Go Trump!' It's like a USC football game, but on steroids."
The women's march the following day also drew hundreds of thousands to D.C, but for the opposite reasons. Alongside their counterparts in Los Angeles, USC students traveled to D.C. to protest President Trump and advocate for women's rights worldwide.
Larkin Wynn, a junior and international relations student at USC, decided to attend the Women's March on Washington with her family a week after the election was over.
"I ultimately decided that even though there were going to be marches all around the nation – including one in Los Angeles – something about being there in D.C. was going to be so historic," Wynn said.
For Wynn, the march was about holding Donald Trump accountable for the offensive things he's said.
"This is more about us saying we heard everything he said on the campaign trail, and we're not going to just blow it off and say, 'Oh it's just because he was on Twitter,' or just because he wanted to get some media attention," Wynn said.
Elizabeth Bricker, a senior East Asian languages and culture major, also flew to D.C. for Saturday's women's march. For Bricker, the point of the march was about fighting to protect human rights.
"I was there to protest Trump and racism, sexism and xenophobia," she said. "All of these values that Trump's election normalizes."
While Wynn and Bricker were in D.C. for vastly different reasons than Feehan and Fugman, they all agreed the cross-country trip was worth it.
"I think the march kind of reminded me that there's still a lot to be hopeful for," Wynn said.
Fugman sees a different kind of hope:
"With this new president, it kind of gives anyone a boost of energy going into the new year," he said, "and hopefully we can blast off and do well for the country."