Touring Washington, DC


national cathedral observatory, washington monument, dc cityscape, washington cityscapeMy sister visited last week to see some sights in DC and spend some time with Kail and me before we move to El Salvador. We covered a lot of ground in the short amount of time she was here; it was fun playing DC tourist again.Our weekend in pictures:national museum of american history, first ladies exhibit, inaugural dresses, american history museum, smithsonianFirst Lady Michelle Obama’s 2009 inauguration gown.We had a little time after picking up my diplomatic passport (!!!) at the USAID offices before lunch at The Hamilton, so we briefly stopped by the National Museum of American History to see a couple exhibits: The First Ladies and The Star-Spangled Banner. I was really glad I finally got to see The First Ladies exhibit because when I tried to go a few years ago after the museum reopened, post-renovation, the line was super-long.pentagon memorial, 9/11 memorialWe walked over to the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial (above) one night, and to the National Air Force Memorial another night. I hadn’t been to the Pentagon Memorial until this year, and since we live relatively close, we’ve visited it a few times. As always, it was a very moving experience — even more so this time so close to the anniversary of September 11.washington national cathedral, observatoryWe also went on a tour of Washington National Cathedral. It had been a few years since I’d visited the cathedral and many more since I actually went on a tour as part of a school field trip. It was crazy to see the damage from last summer’s earthquake up close — and even crazier to hear about how long and expensive the restoration process is going to be. The architecture is beautiful and the views of the city (and beyond) are spectacular, as evidenced by the first photo.mount vernon, george washington homeThe final big touristy thing we did was tour Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate. The mansion tour itself is neat, albeit somewhat crowded and rushed; however, the grounds are vast and beautiful and there are a lot of self-guided sights to see, in addition to a museum. We spent a few hours there but you could easily spend an entire day. We didn’t even make it over to the distillery and gristmill.Throw in some aimless strolls around the city and lots of food (including a couple Georgetown Cupcake cupcakes), and that just about sums up our weekend.After the craziness of our packout is behind us, I’m hoping to visit a few more Washington, DC landmarks and enjoy some of my favorite places in the city one last time. What’s on your list?

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

2 thoughts on “Touring Washington, DC

  1. You are getting good with the camera!! Love all of the shots, wish we had gotten to some of these places when we were there this summer! Check out the Builder’s museum for a cool exhibit on DC (if it’s still there, I think it should be)


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