Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Washington DC

This past weekend David & I went to Washington DC for 4 days. DC is one of my favorite cities to visit, and I think David has become a huge fan of it now too. One thing that is so nice about DC is that most of the major attractions are free! The Smithsonian museums, monuments, National Archives, Capital Tour, Holocaust Museum, etc are all free.

On Friday, our flight got into DC around lunchtime so we dropped off our bags at our hotel in Arlington and took the metro into the city. After grabbing some lunch, we headed to the White House.

Then we headed back to the Mall to check out some of the Monuments.

Vietnam Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Korean Memorial

WWII Memorial

Once we finished walking through all the monuments we headed to the Museum of American History. It was really neat to see the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write his famous lyrics which eventually became our National Anthem. I also loved the exhibit on the First Ladies. After the museum we went to Georgetown to have dinner.

Walking to dinner in Georgetown

On Saturday we started our day at Arlington Cemetery. I can't think of a better time to get to visit Arlington than Memorial Day Weekend. We were there with so many Veterans and their families, and it was a very humbling reminder of the price being paid every day for our freedom. I'm so thankful to family, friends, and everyone else who puts their life on the line every day to keep our country safe. 

Arlington Cemetery with view of the Washington Monument in the distance

Arlington Cemetery

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Changing of the Guard Ceremony

After Arlington Cemetery, we grabbed some lunch and then headed to the National Zoo. Apparently we didn't pick a great time of day to go though because most of the animals were sleeping!

National Zoo

After dinner on Saturday night, we went to Union Station to go on a Monuments by Moonlight Trolley Tour. The tickets were a birthday present for David from my parents. Seeing the monuments after dark is my favorite way to view them, so I was really excited for David to experience this tour for the first time!

Monuments by Moonlight Trolley Tour

On the trolley waiting for our tour to start.

Iwo Jima Memorial

FDR Memorial

Jefferson Memorial

MLK Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

WWII Memorial

On Sunday we started out our day at the Air & Space Museum. My engineer husband was in Heaven!

Air & Space Museum

After the Air & Space Museum we went to the National Archives to see the Bill of Rights, Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Magna Carta. 

National Archives

We spent the rest of the afternoon at the Holocaust Museum, a heart-breaking experience but a place I think everyone should visit while in DC. We ate dinner near the White House on Sunday night and then headed back to Arlington for the night.

Monday was our last day in the city, and we split our time between the Capital and Library of Congress. We took a tour of the Capital and then walked through the Library of Congress before heading to the airport for our flight home.

Outside the Capital before our tour

Library of Congress

I'm so thankful we got to take these 4 days and spend them in DC. We couldn't have asked for a better trip!

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