We started our day with a run. It was so cool and crisp and it was lovely!! We were pretty tired but it was so refreshing!
I mean really, how often do we get to run around the White House??
This was just a pretty church that also happened to be where many presidents, including Lincoln, attended while in DC.
I love the metro. So convenient. But the really long escalators are sometimes a little scary!
Our first stop was the Capitol! I got brave and called our congressman to get tickets to tour the Capitol. It was so worth it!
The Supreme Court building across the street-complete with faux facade to cover construction!
Inside the Capitol, we admired beautiful sculptures.
This was the original casting mold that was used for the statue on the top of the Capitol.
Where the original Supreme Court met, in the basement of the Capitol.
The Crypt where Washington was supposed to be buried, but he isn't. It wasn't done in time.
The Center of DC.
The main rotunda. It was extraordinary!
The original house chambers, full of statues. There are two from every state.
The office of the speaker of the House. Proof that it is a working building
After enjoying our tour of the Capitol, we went across the street to the Library of Congress. Another beautiful building! The murals on the ceilings were exquisite!
We were able to peek into the main reading room. For a bibliophile like me, this was a must-see!
On our way to our next stop, we saw a lot of "color runners" that had just finished their 5K. Ironic that I'm willing to trudge through mud for my 5K but not sure I want to try one of these, huh?
We then headed to the National Archives. We saw the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. So glad we stopped there!
After that, we headed to the Arlington Cemetary. I was not totally excited to stop here and even more after I saw the big hills to climb on the way to Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but it was so very worth it!
We stopped at Kennedy's grave.
The tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was quiet and sacred there.
The Challenger Memorial.
We finished our day with a fabulous dinner at Founding Farmer's!