So this is a trip 20 years in the making!
We visited April 6-10, 2012. Henry was on school break, it was Easter and Joe's birthday was on the 10th! We had a lot to celebrate!
Since we try to travel as frugally as possible, charter bus transportation won out. 4 hours on a bus with a 4-year old. Could we do it? Of course we could! Henry is a great traveler. It was a breeze.
boarding the bus in NYC
We stayed at the Embassy Suites in Crystal City. We had a King Sized, 1 bedroom suite. It was a great hotel, we really enjoyed our room and space. Henry's favorite feature aside from the bathtub?
Our first night in DC we just relaxed. Even after doing nothing for four hours on a bus, we were wiped. We found a mall nearby and had Potbelly's sandwiches for lunch and just wandered around a bit. We came back to the hotel, went swimming and then ordered in pizza and just vegged. It was great.
The next morning we woke up and went to the Embassy Suites breakfast that is included in your rate. I really loved this - I'm a BIG breakfast fan and a buffet never disappoints!
Henry was quite excited to eat Fruit Loops for breakfast since I never buy them!
We all ate well and were soon on our way into the city!
waiting for the Metro.
walking toward the Capital - we had a tour scheduled for that morning
After going through security, a queue and a bit of wait time, we were soon on our tour. First up was the Rotunda.
there are 8 giant paintings - four are of revolutionary period scenes and the other four are early exploration scenes
these paintings stretch around the rotunda and are painted in a way to give an illusion of actual sculptures. The scenes take you through America's history
the fresco on the ceiling, "The Apotheosis of Washington"
Next up was the Hall of Statues.
The House of Representatives used to meet in this room, but it quickly became too small.
And the final stop on our tour was the Crypt.
those columns support this massive building!
this is the center of Washington D.C. - all roads stem from this point
Overall this tour was nice, but we were really hoping to get to see the Old Supreme Court Chamber and more. It was quite short, maybe about 30 minutes. Worth doing, but the prep to actually go inside the building - the security line, waiting in queue, etc. actually took longer than the tour itself!
The Capital is connected to the Library of Congress via an underground tunnel, so that is where we headed next.
it was AMAZING!
the actual library, which we viewed through glass. Only researchers are allowed in.
Back outside we decided we'd go see a few of the monuments around the Mall.
a glance back to the Capital
part of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
Washington Monument. Waaaaaay over there...
I'll stop here for now - our first day was a BIG one. We took it much easier the following days!