Monday was our last day there, and it was a BUSY one. I really wanted to get out of DC by around 2 to avoid the horrid DC traffic, the almost as bad Richmond traffic, and get home without having to just collapse onto the bed for sleep.
So, we got up early, packed our stuff and checked out of the hotel before going to Arlington National Cemetery. I wasn't super excited about going to Arlington, but it was Donny's #1 place that he wanted to visit while we were there, so we went. And I'm glad we did. I hadn't been there since my first trip to DC in 2002, and even then I didn't see everything that we saw this time.
Then it was time to go to my #1 place I wanted to visit-- The Newseum! (Interesting how we somehow didn't get to either of our top destinations until the last day. That definitely wasn't planned...)The top floor of the Newseum also has a huge observation deck that gives a fantastic view of the city!
John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy's graves in the foreground, the "Arlington House"
(which was where Robert E. Lee lived) in the background.
The view from the Arlington house was phenomenal. The grave in this picture is Pierre L'Enfant, the architect
of the city of Washington, DC. I love how they buried him here overlooking the city he designed.
The changing of the guard ceremony was SO cool.
Then it was time to go to my #1 place I wanted to visit-- The Newseum! (Interesting how we somehow didn't get to either of our top destinations until the last day. That definitely wasn't planned...)
They had some really awesome artifacts at this place!
The Berlin Wall
And a watchtower from East Berlin.
The Unabomber's cabin
Pieces of the plane that hit the World Trade Center on 9/11 and stuff from the victims inside
The clothes that Lee Harvey Oswald was wearing when he was captured along with the items he was carrying.
Just hanging out with John Dillinger. No biggie.
The antenna from the top of the World Trade Center on 9/11.
On the wall are over 100 front pages from newspapers published on 9/12.
Tim Russert's office re-created exactly as he had it
Including his baseball collection.
Photo from USA TodayThe last thing we saw was the Pulitzer Prize Photo Gallery, where they display all the Pulitzer Prize winning photos since the 1950s. Many of them are blown up and hanging around the display with the stories behind the photos. And there's also a video that runs on a loop interviewing the photographers, their editors, the subjects of the photos sometimes, etc. Again, I could have spent a long, long time in this room.
Photo from the NewseumBut alas, it was time to leave.
All in all, it was a wonderful trip! Now, of course, it's time to decide where to go next!! :)