From Virginia we moved on to our nations capital, looking forward to exploring the museums and monuments and other treasures we might stumble upon.
We went here to see original copies of the Declaration of Independence and a copy of the Magna Carta alongside many many other historically significant documents from the history of the United States of America. They have some really cool interactive displays for kids and adults! Of course, like all important documents, we weren’t able to take any pictures of the Declaration of Independence, so you will just have to take our word (or Nicholas Cage’s) for it that it’s incredible to see in person!
Our trip took us through the Natural History Museum and the Air and Space Museum. We walked our feet weary and turned our brains to mush reading as we walked through the museums. These museums are world renowned and for good reason, you can get lost in a good way, the displays are incredible, the information is well laid out and easily accessible for everybody. There is no way (unless you sneak in after hours) you can see everything in the museums in a single day. We only saw two of the many free Smithsonian museums they have to offer (Natural History and Air and Space), but we plan on going back to see more.
Looking for a beer around the time of a Nationals game in DC is a task especially when you’re in the neighborhood of the ballpark and there’s a game going on. Luckily in the neighborhood there is a quirky little beer garden deep behind a chain link fence, down a woodchip path, and by some large mash tuns and shipping containers. The beer was good, but the sight along the Anacostia River made it a great spot to sit and have a couple beers before heading back to the capitol area for some more sightseeing. It looked extremely sketchy, but sometimes you have to just go ahead and try the beer.
We took our time going through the National Mall to see the Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, and the Lincoln memorial. There’s no place else where you can feel the weight of what has come before you quite like you can wandering past the capitol building and along the paths past these places in the nation’s capital. To stand where Dr. Martin Luther King stood while he gave his “I have a dream” speech that rocked the nation to it’s core… there’s absolutely nothing like it. Being in the place where many important events in our nation’s history took place gives you not only a better understanding, but a greater appreciation for the history of this incredible country.
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