Trip to Washington, DC

Monday, July 26, 2010

On the Washington DC Metro

We had left Williamsburg shortly after 6am and had driven to Fredericksburg with the hope of taking the Virginia Commuter Rail service to DC. But we found that after 8am we would be on Amtrack at double the price. So we drove on to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station, a total of about 140 miles from Williamsburg.

The fast train zipped us through Washington Reagan Airport, the Pentagon, Arlington Cemetary, and to the area of the Washington DC national mall.

We got off at the Federal Triangle Station and walked through the Smithsonian American History museum to the mall and got this view of the Washington Monument.

It looks like Grandma Brenda is pleased to be with the three granddaughters.

Jeff and family in front of the Smithsonian American History Museum with a view of the Washington Monument.

This was our launching point for our exploration of the two-mile-long national mall.

I was keen on getting the girls posed by these national monuments ... they will see pictures of them all their lives. We had thought about climbing the Washington Monument, but the tickets are sold out for the day early in the morning so they were long gone. Note the airplane at left. We saw lots of planes coming and going from Reagan Airport, through which we had just passed on the Metro train.

From the Washington Monument we had a good view of the Lincoln Memorial down at the end of the Mall.

We passed the Washington Monument and had a long view of the Lincoln Memorial at the end of the Mall. Between us and the Lincoln Memorial is the National World War II Memorial.

We visited the National World War II Memorial and took pictures with the home states of everyone except Rod, the foreigner from Arkansas.

The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people. It opened on April 29, 2004.

We walked along the reflecting pool toward the Lincoln Memorial, and could see the Washington Monument and the Capitol building behind us. A large flight of Canada geese came in for a landing. We watched the ducks dabbling in the pool and a family of baby ducks.

The Lincoln Memorial statue is impressive from any angle. The building was crammed with almost wall-to-wall people, so it was hard to get a clear photo ... but everyone was trying and this very international group was very cooperative.

As we headed down the steps we got a good view toward the Capitol on the other end of the Mall and a good view of the Lincoln Memorial looking back.

Jordan, Elyse and Ashleigh with a view of the reflecting pool, the Washington Monument, and the Capitol just peeking out from behind the Monument, two miles away from us.

To the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

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