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.
public trans is great in DC – we used the bus and the train without any problems
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
The White House
A closer look from the back of the White House
The Capitol is undergoing remodeling
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)
the old Supreme Court chamber in the Capitol – used by the Court from 1810 until 1860
The Supreme Court Building – tours of the courtroom are available (no pics allowed)
spiral staircase in the Supreme Court Building
The Library of Congress
words of wisdom
and beautiful architecture
with Thomas Jefferson’s book collection!
A wealth of famous memorials located in this area
The Jefferson Memorial – the Tidal Basin was frozen when we visited
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
Get your tickets early and day of for view from top of the Washington Monument
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Part of World War II Memorial
National Air and Space Museum
even more love for airlines at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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
The Enola Gay
A spy plane. Just wow!
and other fun things
Arlington National Cemetery
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Changing of the Guard
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
Up Next: Shenandoah National Park