Six o'clock is too early to fly out of Tulsa, but even with losing an hour we were on the ground in DC at 11:30, ready to learn the Metro system and see all we could see. First we bought Metro cards and made it to our hotel, the Marriott at 22nd and M. Great room and they let us in early. We were ready to sightsee, but since we had flown steerage we were also about to starve. So we ate Chinese at the Panda Cafe. Good food for hungry people.
A quick subway ride to the Smithonian Station and soon were were at the Tidal Basin enjoying the cherry trees. A long walk to the Jefferson Memorial (construction) and having seen it we were on our way to the FDR exhibits. A little too busy for me. From there we worked our way around to the Korean War Memorial. this was great, spooky but great.
Next stop: Lincoln Memorial. What a great place. Awe inspiring and such a great view of the Reflecting Pool and the mall. From there we walked down to the Vietnam War memorial. Sobering monument, found the name of someone I went to school with. From here we get back to the Reflecting Pool and followed it to the World War II Memorial. This place is informative and beautiful. Next was the Washington Monument. We couldn't get tickets to go up so we settled for looking up at it and taking pictures. By this time we had walked miles, but oh the places we had seen.
We went to the Old Post Office, but the tower tour was over. so we ate supper from the food court and made our way to Ford's Theatre. Here we took in "Little Shop of Horrors." No " Our American Cousins", but an enjoyable musical all the same. What a day, I'm bushed, I have shin splints, but I've thoroughy enjoyed myself.
Up early. No breakfast for us. We're early for our 10:00 Capitol tour with Blunt's aide, Jack McCann. Although quite young, Jack gave us a super tour of the Capitol. We were there over 2 hours. Then we walked down and had great burgers at Good Stuff Eatery. Jack also gave us tickets for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. People were waiting hours for these tickets. The tour was a little slow for me. There's nothing about watching million of dollars get printed that is that exciting for me.
Next, we rode the metro to Arlington where we took the tour and saw the Changing of the Guard and the Kennedy graves. No time for the Arlington house, we have to get back, eat a quick sandwich at Potbelly's and walk down to the Verizon for the Wizards-Bulls game. Less than inspiring game, but a very nice venue.
This morning we made it to the Air and Space Museum by 8:45, but it doesn't open uptil 10:00. We toured the Air and Space, Natural History, and American History by 1:00. We waited in line for 1 hour to see the Wizard of Oz Ruby Red Slippers and Archie Bunker's Chair. For some reason this felt a little stupid.
Our food tour started at 2:00 and was fun, informative and delicious. We ate Indian, Salvadorian, and Southern soul food with dessert at a Greek place. There were 9 other people and we all had a good time.
We didn't go see the fireworks as scheduled and instead rode to the Gallery where we walked to the White House and then home to the hotel. We were tired.
SundayWalk to Georgetown early. The C&O Canal is drained due to flooding damage upstream. We had breakfast in a little deli and walked down to the National Harbor, beautiful place. We will be back tonight. we've walked a lot and not had much in the way of narrative tours, so we breakdown and take an open-top bus tour. Wonderful wonderful. Its so nice to just sit and watch the world go by. We rode until we got to Gallery Center where we got off and toured the Portrait Gallery , then to Chinatown for lunch, then the Ford's theater tour at 2:00. Informative lecture but no tour, we went to the museum and then to the theater seats all 200 of us. The best part was getting to see the house across the street where Lilncoln died.
Then we quckly caught another bus and traveled all the way up around the National Cathedral, back to Georgetown, on to Washington Circle where we disenbarked and walked the 3 blocks to our hotel to rest a while until we walked back to Georgetown to take the Potomac Riverboat Cruise to Alexandria. The harbor was crawling with people at this time.
The boat ride was relaxing and scenic. We saw the city from the water and in 40 minutes were in Alexandria. We scouted out the restaurants until we found one we liked in our price range, Bertucci's. Nice meal. Just enough time for ice cream before taking the shuttle back to the Metro station where we glided back into town. Another day done.
Last day. If you are ever on vacation and haven't brought a watch, buy one. We refused to pay $20.00 for a watch we will never use again and lived to regret it. Everything worked like a charm, we got up early, rented a car from the basement of our building and we are in Mt. Vernon by 9:00. Actually our tour started at 9:00, but we nearly missed it due to watching a long film and having no time piece. The tour of Mt Vernon was great. It was a nice home at the time, but no mansion. We visited Washington Tomb and walked down to the Potomac. We ate lunch (mistake) and went throught the museum to see Washington's teeth (mistake), drove back home, went to the room to freshen up (mistake) and wound up being late to the ballgame and missed the POTUS throwing out the first pitch. Oh well. I've seen rabid fans in my life, but never like today. Not Nationals fans of course, but the Phillie's had about 70% of the fan support and 99% of the wild and crazy and drunk fans. The game was a blowout, we left after 7 innings, the Phillies ahead 11-1.
Next we headed up to U-street to eat at Ben's Chili Bowl. Pretty long wait at 4:00. Great friendly place. Cooper and I really liked the food, Kathy and Connor weren't impressed.
Back on the metro we headed down the green line to Gallery Center and walked down G street from 7th to 12th buying souvenirs and ice cream along the way. Then our last trip back to Foggy Bottom. Then our 6 block walk to our temporary home, The Marriott. Time to download more pictures, get packed and get ready to fly out in the AM.
Washington D.C. is a great city to visit. We did well without a car and the metro was convenient and easily usuable.