we left the cabin on friday and headed to DC for memorial day weekend! we went to DC last Thanksgiving for the first time & decided we wanted to go back sometime this year! we found out you could tour the white house if you request it through your senator a few months in advance! so we requested a tour in February and received our confirmation a few weeks before we left for our trip! and the cool thing is that the tour is free!
my favorite thing about the tour was that you exit through the front door! it was really awesome to walk through such a historic place! they don't allow photography in the white house, but we asked the secret service out front if we could take one in front of the door & they said we could! i didn't think we would get a picture so close to it so that was awesome! they had secret service posted in every room & they would answer questions you had about the decor, room, or anything in the white house! plus, we were running late for our tour due to metro issues, so we got some good 5k training in while we ran 2 blocks to the white house!
one cool thing about DC is that anything Smithsonian is free! when we went last year, we went to a few of the museums and all we paid for was our hotel and food! this time we decided to go to the national zoo & air and space museum near Dulles! the zoo is huge and we got there late in the afternoon both days so we had to rush to see things we wanted to see! we were so excited about seeing the pandas because we don't have pandas in any of the zoos where we live! we got to see a panda eating some bamboo and rolling around! there was even a panda cub but he was sleeping while we were there!
the air & space museum was really cool! we spent about an hour and a half there, and could have easily spent about three more! we got to see the Concorde (the first supersonic airliner to enter service & can cross the Atlantic in 4 hours), Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (a stealth plane that can fly from LA to DC in 1 hour - which is 2,124 miles per hour!), some Nazi planes, the world's smallest plane, the Discovery space shuttle (which has gone into space 39 times!), the Apollo 11 command module, a signed R2-D2 USPS mail box (there used to be one in our city when i was in high school!), and tons of other cool planes & objects!
THE WHITE HOUSE & DOWNTOWN
AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
linking up with A Harvest of Blessing
have you ever been to DC? what's your favorite part of the city?