kirchoff travel diaries day 7: a day in d.c.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Today was our last full day of vacation. We were all so tired at this point but also ready to go because we had a full day planned. It was our only full day in DC and we were going to take full advantage of that. We woke up early and headed out. Our first stop was these signs to commemorate the all star game. We saw these our first day in DC and then again the night before and promised Asher that we would stop by for a photo op.

Next we went over to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

There is so much security here (no kidding) and no pictures are allowed anywhere in the building. This is definitely a must see while in DC. I can't tell you how amazing it is to stand in front of the documents that gave us freedom. So powerful.

After all that patriotic fun we were hungry so we found a little sports bar to grab lunch (and some AC) at. After some burgers and beers we were off again, this time to the Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space. 

Our neighbor is a pilot and recommend this museum as a must see while in DC. He was right. We all loved it and ended up spending almost 3 hours here! 

Amelia with Amelia ;) 

The Wright Brother's Plane

That put us on a huge time crunch so we rushed over a couple of blocks to the Smithsonian Museum of American History. 

Say Cheese!

It was sweltering hot outside and these blocks are no joke. So we stopped for some ice cream.

I would have loved to be able to spend more time here. It was amazing and we only got to see half of it! The great part about the DC...the free museums. The bad part...they close very early.

Julia Child's Kitchen

A piece of the twin towers

George Washington's Generals Suit

This museum was amazing. They also had a whole display of First Ladies dresses that was stunning! We went through that as we were rushing to see as much as we could before they kicked us out so I didn't take any pics. The most amazing part of the museum was this...

We saw that there was an exhibit about the American flag so I told Cam we have to go there! When you walk in you walk around a corner and the lights are very dimmed. Then you walk down a hallway that talks all about the Battle at Fort McHenry. The kids were so excited that we had been there and already knew all about it. Then you walk around another corner and see this

The actual flag that was flying at Fort McHenry, that Francis Scott Key saw and inspired him to write the Star Spangled Banner. We were speechless. This picture doesn't do it justice but it is massive! So apparently there is a sign that say no pictures but I didn't see it because we were in such a hurry so the fact that I got a picture is crazy. And I don't feel bad because I am a big rule follower and genuinely didn't see the sign. Swear!

We left that museum on such a high. That was by far one of our favorite moments of the trip. Amazing.

We walked the ridiculously long walk back to our car and went back to the hotel to watch the All Star game. We were exhausted! Cameron walked to a gas station and bought some beer and sodas and I walked to grab burgers at Five Guys and we just spent the evening in our room. It was a great day :)

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