Arriving in Washington DC for the first time, we felt like kids in a candy shop. Steeped in history and oddly excited to be in the Nation’s Capital we wanted to see it all. Our highlights, as it turns out, are all the places we visited.

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public trans is great in DC – we used the bus and the train without any problems

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Arrive at the Archives prior to opening and visit the rotunda first (home to the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights) to avoid lines and crowds

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The White House

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A closer look from the back of the White House

They're doing some remodeling at the Capitol.

The Capitol is undergoing remodeling

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we had a personal tour of the Capitol (i.e., avoided long lines) by requesting it ahead of time through our state congressman’s office – including access to the house and senate chambers (no pics allowed)

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the old Supreme Court chamber in the Capitol – used by the Court from 1810 until 1860

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The Supreme Court Building – tours of the courtroom are available (no pics allowed)

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spiral staircase in the Supreme Court Building

The Library of Congress

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words of wisdom

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and beautiful architecture

with Tommy J's book collection!

with Thomas Jefferson’s book collection!

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A wealth of famous memorials located in this area

The Jefferson Memorial – the Tidal Basin was frozen when we visited

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The Washington Monument

Apparently water is drained from the Reflecting Pool in winter but melting snow provided us with a lasting image

Washington monument from directly below

Washington Monument from directly below

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Get your tickets early and day of for view from top of the Washington Monument

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Korean War Veterans Memorial

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Part of World War II Memorial

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National Air and Space Museum

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even more love for airlines at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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where you will find a space shuttle …

The Discovery was not refurbished but left it as it was when it came back from its last mission – cool

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The Enola Gay

A spy plane. Just wow!

and other fun things

and other fun things

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Arlington National Cemetery

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Changing of the Guard

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Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial located in Arlington Cemetery. Some fascinating history where two Generals are connected.

We visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum, took zero pictures, and left speechless.

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
– Pastor Martin Niemöller

Visited March, 2015

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