I’m Such a Tourist – DC Style

Happy Tuesday! Time for part two of my Washington DC recap. This time it’s all about the site seeing!

This was my first trip to DC so I wanted to see everything (which is basically not possible since DC is so flipping big!). So…photo dump time!

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First trip to the White House – went there the first night we arrived in DC. I thought it was cool to see it lit up at night, though it was much smaller than I thought it would be!

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On the steps at the National Archives – didn’t end up going in to see the Declaration of Independence because the line was too long, but maybe next time!

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Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Dress at the Museum of American History – it was gorgeous!

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#whitehouseselfie – hanging out in the park by the White House, people watching and such.

Pentagon Memorial

At the Pentagon Memorial – a sad place to visit.

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At Arlington Cemetery. We ended up arriving too late, so I only saw the cemetery from outside the fences. Some students went back and said it was a great experience, so this will definitely be on my list of things to do next time I head to DC!

I'm Such a Tourist - DC Style

At the US Capitol Building. We got to meet with Wisconsin Sentator Tammy Baldwin (really, really briefly) and also sat in on a Senate hearing. It was cool to see the space that is on TV on CSPAN in person, but to be honest, I had a hard time paying attention for the whole thing!

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Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldin! #yesimbeingcreepy

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I don’t think I’ll ever be able to adequately put into words how I felt at the Holocaust Museum. We started our trip there by speaking with Gideon, a Holocaust survivor, who told us his story. We then went into the museum. I went through on my own – by the time I was threw, I felt sickened and saddened and disgusted by everything I saw. I’ll never understand what it was like to live during that time, but to read what people were face to go through – there are just no words.

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The Supreme Court. Such a beautiful building!

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Outside Georgetown Cupcakes – we waited in line for about 40 minutes for a cupcake. And let me tell you – totally worth it! I had the Chocolate Mint Cheesecake Crumble cupcake. OMGOMGOMG.

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At the Museum of Natural History. Probably my favorite museum overall. I totally geeked out over all of the dinosaurs – I also have a silly post coming for you later this week as a result of this geeking out!#ilovedinosaurs #noshame

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The Washington Monument, which was unfortunately under construction.

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The Wisconsin stone at the World War II Memorial.

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The Lincoln Memorial. Can we talk about how beautiful the sky was? I took Saturday morning to myself and walked the length of the National Mall. It was a long walk, but it was about 65 degrees and gorgeous out. The absolute definition of the perfect day!

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Lincoln up close – any Badgers out there who understand my want to sit on his lap?!?!?! #OnWisconsin!

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Again. Just a beautiful day. And so many people out too!

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Hanging out with some students at the outdoor Sculpture Garden.

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Ice skating! Yup, I went ice skating in the Sculpture Garden when it was 65 degrees out. It was so much fun! I can’t believe I didn’t wipe out (seriously, I thought I was going to break an ankle!). I’ve never been outdoor ice skating before, so it was really special to be able to do so in DC!

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Plane ride home, over Lake Michigan (I think?). Sad to head back!

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  1. When the friend I told you about yesterday visited the White House, she and her group got to witness Obama landing in his helicopter–she was very excited. 🙂

    The Houston Museum of Natural History recently got a giant paleontology exhibit with lots and lots of dinosaurs and I’m obsessed with them too. It’s so humbling to realize that we’re just a short blip on the planet…

    Glad to hear you had a fantastic time in DC!
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