We've spent much of the last week on a trip to Washington, DC. It was an amazing experience for us, and there was much to like. We've traveled to DC before, but never with this group -
These are some of the members of Mike's Helicopter Squadron from their time in the Navy in the late 60s to early 70s. They met when they were 19-20 year olds, and have become our very dear, life-long friends. It was particularly special to be at the Vietnam War Memorial - the Wall - with these men who are Vietnam veterans. Not too many dry eyes in the group that morning.
We liked riding the Metrorail train all over the place!
Although we got turned around a time or two, we always found where we were going. Everyone you meet is so helpful if you have questions!
We had a lot of fun on the Hop On - Hop Off busses!
The evening Twilight tour was especially neat. We had a great tour guide, Henry, who was extremely passionate and knowledgeable about all the monuments, memorials, and famous people.
We liked the WWII Memorial with its beautiful fountains.
We visited several of the Smithsonian museums, and I enjoyed the 3-D Imax movies at the Air and Space Museum!
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was high on my list to visit, and I am so glad we did. It's not a place where you take pictures, but the information displayed there is profoundly moving.
We also visited the Newseum - it is a privately run museum, not part of the Smithsonian - but very worth the money we paid. It celebrates journalism and the First Amendment.
We were amazed by the Food Trucks at the National Mall, and enjoyed having a picnic lunch there.
Can you tell it was packed with people? I wonder if there is any time of year when DC isn't a busy, busy place!
I'll leave you with this beautiful view of the Washington Monument and the Capitol behind it, taken on our Twilight Tour.
Hope you're having a great week! Be sure to visit the other I Like Thursday posts over at Not Afraid of Color!