In the evening, we walked the Mall and visited the Washington Monument…
The World War II tribute…
The Lincoln Memorial….
|Several sources mentioned that seeing these sights in the evening was particularly beautiful and I had to agree.|
|The view down to mall from the steps of the memorial.|
|meet The Boyz.|
and The Vietnam War Memorial.
We visited Arlington National Cemetary. It is really an emotional experience with impressive visual impact. Seeing the sea of graves of men & women who chose to serve our country with their very lives (and knowing that it was only a portion of them) was awe-inspiring.
Although they tell you that you are on hallowed ground, no one really has to remind you once you’re there.
We managed to get in visits to the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum and the Museum of Natural History. The kids did a lot of ‘ooohing’ and ‘ahhhhing’. We saw the Hope Diamond! Ethan got to see the monkey from Night in the Museum 2!
We watched money being printed at the Bureau for Engraving and Printing. We walked through gardens and parks and threw coins in several fountains.
Whew! Washington DC offers and endless array of things to do and see and I have a list 10 times longer than this post of things I still want to see!
You know, for us, you never know how a trip like this is going to go. There is a lot to consider. We are a quirky and needy family – we’ve got a lot going on that can make travelling difficult. But when something like this goes so well, it gives me confidence that we are off to seeing more great things as we continue to expand our repetoire.