The day of the monuments! This is going to be more of a picture tour than word tour. As you can see, I got a little crazy with my phone camera. This isn’t even half of the pics I took. Everything is just so beautiful and symmetrical and impressive… it’s hard not to take a million pictures in DC!
It’s also really funny how when you first see a monument, you immediately start taking pictures. Then you realize you’re way too far away! So as you get closer, you keep shooting until you realize you can actually take photos right at the actual monument. This amused me… I’m easily amused. :)
Lula has been talking about the White House and the Washington Monument for over a year now. She really wanted to go into both, but unfortunately you can’t at the moment. So we made the best of it by just walking around and looking at everything. Our first stop was the Washington Monument. All of the famous buildings and museums are right together in the same area, but they’re still rather spread out. So there was A LOT of walking. In fact, my mom’s phone revealed that we walked over 5 miles! Thankfully it wasn’t nearly as cold this day as it was the day before when we went to the Capitol building.
After the Lincoln Memorial, we headed over to the White House, which was quite a trek considering how much we’d already walked. And Diesel was “flying planes” the whole time! You can see his hands below flying his planes along the ropes and fences along the way. It slowed us down quite a bit, but he was in his own little world, and there’s just no hurrying an imaginary story in the making.
Above is the national headquarters for the Daughters of the American Revolution, which my mom and grandmother are proud members of. Again… so many pretty buildings, there’s no way to capture them all, but this one was special.
And then the White House! Lula was so excited but pretty disappointed we couldn’t go inside. She wants to live there… mainly because she heard they have a swimming pool, movie theater, and bowling alley inside. :)
After all this walking, we headed to the National Museum of Natural History. We’ve been here before with the kids when they were much smaller, and they loved it so much that we figured they’d love it even more now. And they did. The adults were dead on their feet, but the kids were tireless. We saw almost everything, and they still weren’t done… but the adults were done!
Diesel was able to ask a volunteer a million questions about all the bugs they have that you can hold. He wanted to hold every single one. The volunteer was so patient and answered all of his questions thoroughly. This kid is SO curious! I love it!
And then they crashed!
There are so many wonderful things to do in and around Washington DC. It’s just a matter of deciding what you are really interested in and what you really want to see. The Smithsonian Museums are so huge and engaging, you really could spend a whole day in each one depending on the age of your children and their interest level. We barely scratched the surface of the Natural History Museum because we’d already spent so much time walking around to see the monuments. So my recommendation for visiting this city is to prioritize and make sure you have plenty of time for each thing. Don’t pack your day too full so you can really enjoy whatever you are doing.