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We live here. We have friends and families come to visit all the time. Where do we take them?  Usually where they want to go. So this is our chance to tell you where we like to go. They are not really in any particular order of preference but these are the sights that we can see over and over and still enjoy.

The Jefferson Memorial - the memorial itself is great to see, but the view overlooking the water is just breathtaking - particularly during the Cherry Blossom season - but any sunny day will do. In the spring and summer you can rent paddle boats across the way from the Jefferson - a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.

The Korean War Memorial - night time is the best time to visit this Memorial.  Or any rainy day.  The designer created a memorial that makes you feel like you are there.  The rows of troops making their way through the Korean terrain is so lifelike you'll get a shiver.  While you are here you can also walk to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and to the Lincoln Memorial.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden - open from 10am - 5pm, Monday through Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sundays, this sculpture garden has an enormous fountain in the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter.  There is lots of fun art too - like a 10 foot spider and a 20 foot typewriter eraser.  There is even a small house by Roy Lichtenstein that changes dimensions depending on your angle. 

The Newseum - at last, a fun, interactive museum.  Plan to spend a few hours, make a tape of yourself giving the weather report, sit in on one of their guest lecturers, watch the movies.

The Holocaust Memorial Museum - everyone over 12 years old should see this museum.  Call ahead to get tickets so you don't have to wait in line.  Make sure you allocate three to four hours to roam the three floors.  Watch all of the movies and stop into Daniel's room on your way out.

The National Air and Space Museum - make sure to catch at least one movie at the IMAX theater - To Fly is our favorite.  Stop in and relax at the Einstein Planetarium - but not when you are sleepy because the captain's chairs are so comfortable you will fall asleep.

Capitol Hill - wander around and see the Library of Congress, The Supreme Court , stop in and see your Senator or Congressperson and don't skip the Capitol building itself. Afterwards, stop for a coffee, drink or ice cream at one of the little shops on Pennsylvania Avenue.  Or wander over to Union Station for some shopping.

White House - though the tour itself leaves a lot to be desired (if you just didn't have to wait in lines so long it would seem like a better tour...) you still have to make the trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  You can tell how old you are by how big or small the White House seems to you!

 

 

 

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