We spent 5 days in D.C. and still did not see everything on our list... I think we could go back 5 more times and still have tons to do!
We have both listed Ford's Theater as one of our favorite things from D.C. We also liked going to the top of the Washington Monument, seeing the monuments at night, and some of the stuff in the museums.
We pictured D.C. being dirty and full of homeless people. We thought we would have to leave before it got dark. That is NOT the case!! We stayed out and about until 10/11 every night, and NEVER felt unsafe. The monuments are lit up and there were tons of people (tourists exploring and residents running and walking dogs). The only thing we would caution you on is to watch your time if you are riding the Metro... We barely made the last train one night.
I am going to tell the story about our time and let the pictures speak for themselves... Washington D.C. was a GREAT trip, and we want to go back and would recommend it to others.
I took this picture to show the snipers on the roof.
Lincoln statue in the Capitol... The left side is "old Lincoln" and the right side is "young Lincoln." His son said that this statue was the closest likeness to his father of any he had seen.
Dome of Capital
Old Post Office taken from the top of the Washington Monument. This building is the second tallest thing in D.C. (besides the Washington Monument) and we went to the top of it, too.
The boarding house were Lincoln was taken after he was shot; it's where he died.
Lincoln's boot at Ford's Theater. The boot is decorated the way it was in Lincoln's time to indicate that the president would be there that night. The theater is still a working playhouse.
View of Capital from top of Washington Monument.
Lunchcounter from AL where the students did a "sit-in" in the 60's.
Not a good picture, but this is a case holding a lot of First Ladies' dresses.
Julia Childs's kitchen.
Chris by a HUGE train.
A section of Route 66
John Wilkes Booth's revolver which he shot Lincoln with.
This is a restaurant that Anthony Bordain ate at... We thought it would be cool to eat here too... As the waiter was walking away he asked if we would like guacamole. I said "Yeah!" without realizing Chris was shaking his head and motioning me to stop. When the waiter walked away, Chris pointed out to me that the guacamole was $13!!! It was delicious, though, the waiter made it right at our table... Oh, well!
Easter Island statue
Marie Antoinette's earrings
This star is the geographical center of D.C. it is in the crypt of the Capital
Chris standing in line with the statues at the FDR memorial.
Edison's original lightbulb patents.
Pieces of the Berlin Wall
One of the many Library of Congress buildings
Random Historical Marker we happened to pass... It says this is the spot where
The Star Spangled Banner was sung in public for the first time.
All of that is scaffolding!!
Lots of dinossaur bones
Chris and the Capitol from the top of the Washington Monument... 500' up
One story down from the top of the Washington Monument
WWII Memorial with Lincoln in the background
Piece of the Twin Towers
In front of The White House
National Archives doors!!!
Biggest saphire in the world
Inside the Washington Monument
Back of Lincoln Memorial
Statue Room at The Capitol... because of the dome, you can hear people whispering
on the other side of the room. John Adams had his desk put at the exact spot where
he could hear what everyone else in the room was saying.
In front of the Capital
Jefferson Memorial with plane
Our squirrel friend
Our squirrel friend stretched out cooling off
FDR memorial... This was like a park... there were waterfalls and rivers and
lots of rough cut stone around... This was one of our favorites.
The reflecting pool... or what used to be the reflecting pool.... It was leaking, so they tore
it up and are redoing it in a manner more environmentally friendly.
Korean Memorial... Lots of stone soldiers comig out of the woods... It was VERY cool!
This is the "braille version" of the FDR Memorial
From the back of the Metro
The capsule that John Glenn orbitted in.
The first plane to go Mach 1
The Wright Brothers' plane
The stopwatches the Wright Brothers used to time each other.
Lindberg's plane - The Spirit of St. Lewis
Wright Brothers again