We spent 5 days and 4 nights touring the area~ I must admit I definitely had a much bigger appreciation this trip then when I was a 12 year old kid.
Some of the highlights included seeing and dining with my dear friend Amanda who works for Senator Susan Collins, she set us up with a personal tour of the Capitol and a visit and photo with the Senator herself, we explored the Smithsonian - taking in the American History, Natural History and Air & Space Museum, we visited Arlington Cemetary and watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and of course we walked the mall and visited the monuments.
Here are a few of the many, many, many photos from our trip!
Washington Monument by night
World War II Memorial
4,000 Gold Stars Honoring the 400,000 Lives that were lost during the war
The Eternal Flame at the Kennedy Gravesite in Arlington
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial
Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial
Mast of the USS Maine
President Ronald Reagan statue in the Capitol Rotunda~ it contains pieces of the Berlin Wall
Paticia Nixon's wedding program from when she was married at the White House
Dorothy's Ruby Red Slippers
First Lady Shoes & Handbags
Michelle O'Bama's Inaugural dress
Julia Child's Kitchen
The Museum of Natural History offers you an up-close and personal visit with butterflies~ I even carried a few around in my hair
They land on your hands too
I was a bit freaked out by this one~ think Silence of the Lambs
The Hope Diamond was okay~ but I wanted this one
View from our rickshaw
Iwo Jima Memorial
Did I mention we went to DC when the first time in probably 20 years that they drained the reflecting pool
Korean War Memorial
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
We had a wonderful trip and we certainly look forward to going back!