Thursday, August 22, 2013

Last Day in DC.

I'm finally wrapping up our trip to DC and Baltimore today! (And if you'd like, you can also go back and read Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.)

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.
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...) 
No line! 
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.
 The top floor of the Newseum also has a huge observation deck that gives a fantastic view of the city!
But my favorite part were the historical front pages of newspapers and magazines that they have.  They're in these pullout drawers in a low-lighted room, and there are hundreds of them, and they're all originals.  I could have spent hours in there looking at all the stuff, but we were kind of on a tight schedule.
Photo from USA Today
The 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 Newseum
But alas, it was time to leave.
And we didn't quite get out of DC as soon as we wanted to, which led to it taking us almost two hours to get from Springfield to Fredericksburg (which is less than 50 miles apart).  But the delay through Fredericksburg meant that we did get to miss rush hour in Richmond!  But it was almost 11pm by the time we got home, and I didn't even unpack before climbing into bed.
All in all, it was a wonderful trip!  Now, of course, it's time to decide where to go next!!  :)


  1. I so want to go to DC!! I think I would have to spend like a week or two there to see everything I want to!

    I really like that picture of you at the bottom of the page, looking out the window, you look great!


  2. The Newseum is so awesome. I love that place. I've been 2-3 times and I still dont think I've seen everything. Glad you were able to get to it :)

  3. I've never heard of that museum. It's looks awesome. I love DC and need to plan a trip back there. Looks like you guys had fun! Next summer come to Boston for a Sox Yankee game!!

  4. That Newseum sounds like big fun! I want to visit some time. I loved Arlington, too. Especially when I found my family's graves :).