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Visiting Washington D.C.

Updated on November 10, 2014

If you have not visited Washington D.C., I highly recommend it! There is so much to see and to learn.

On this page I just touch on some of the things that left an impression on me. There is no way I can cover everything here. I originally made this page after my first trip in 2008 but we went back in 2013 so I have updated this page images from that trip.

Some of the photos are from my visit in 2008, 2013 and some are from the official "Architect of the Capitol" website. The image to the right is one I took inside the Rotunda, keep scrolling down to read about it, and more from my visits.

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Video slideshow of our Capitol Hill tour 2008. - Inside and outside of the U.S. Capitol building.

She loved it so much the first time, she couldn't wait to go back! The headset fit a little bit better the second time around.

United States Capitol
United States Capitol

The Capitol Rotunda

Washington DC
Washington DC | Source
Washington DC
Washington DC

My photos of this remarkable place are not as good as the one from the "Architect of the Capitol" website, shown above.

When we visited, there were a lot of people. This made it difficult to get a good photo of the space. As you can see my photo on the right.

I just want to share some of the art in this fantastic structure.

The enormous oil paintings surrounding the Rotunda depict historical events in U.S. history. You can view more about each piece by visiting the link below.

Ornate design and detailed artwork in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol - The Apotheosis of Washington

Apotheosis of Washington Capitol Hill
Apotheosis of Washington Capitol Hill | Source
Apotheosis of Washington
Apotheosis of Washington | Source
The United States Capitol: Its Architecture and Decoration
The United States Capitol: Its Architecture and Decoration

A detailed look at the exterior and interior of this amazing historic structure!

 

The Frieze of American History

The Frieze of American History
The Frieze of American History | Source


The frieze is a painted panorama depicting significant events in American history. It measures 8 feet 4 inches in height and approximately 300 feet in circumference. It starts 58 feet above the floor. This Frieze was the work of 3 artists: Constantino Brumidi, Filippo Costaggini and Allyn Cox. To read more about this artwork visit the Architect of the Capitol website.

Photo from my visit in 2008  Considering this work of art is 58 feet above the ground my photo can not truly capture the artwork. Below are the individual sections from "Architect of the Capitol".
Photo from my visit in 2008 Considering this work of art is 58 feet above the ground my photo can not truly capture the artwork. Below are the individual sections from "Architect of the Capitol".
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1. "America and History" Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 2. "Landing of Columbus" (1492) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 3. "Cortez and Montezuma at Mexican Temple" (1520) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 4. "Pizarro Going to Peru" (1533) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 Architect of the Capitol5. "Burial of DeSoto" (1542) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 6. "Captain Smith and Pocahontas" (1607) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 7. "Landing of the Pilgrims" (1620) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 Architect of the Capitol8. "William Penn and the Indians" (1682) Constantino Brumidi and Filippo Costaggini 9. "Colonization of New England" Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889 Architect of the Capitol
1. "America and History" Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880
1. "America and History" Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 | Source
2. "Landing of Columbus" (1492) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880
2. "Landing of Columbus" (1492) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 | Source
3. "Cortez and Montezuma at Mexican Temple" (1520) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880
3. "Cortez and Montezuma at Mexican Temple" (1520) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 | Source
4. "Pizarro Going to Peru" (1533) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 Architect of the Capitol
4. "Pizarro Going to Peru" (1533) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 Architect of the Capitol | Source
5. "Burial of DeSoto" (1542) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880
5. "Burial of DeSoto" (1542) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 | Source
6. "Captain Smith and Pocahontas" (1607) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880
6. "Captain Smith and Pocahontas" (1607) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 | Source
7. "Landing of the Pilgrims" (1620) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 Architect of the Capitol
7. "Landing of the Pilgrims" (1620) Constantino Brumidi 1878-1880 Architect of the Capitol | Source
8. "William Penn and the Indians" (1682) Constantino Brumidi and Filippo Costaggini
8. "William Penn and the Indians" (1682) Constantino Brumidi and Filippo Costaggini | Source
9. "Colonization of New England" Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889 Architect of the Capitol
9. "Colonization of New England" Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889 Architect of the Capitol | Source
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10. "Oglethorpe and the Indians" (1732) Filippo Costaggini 1880-188911. "Battle of Lexington" (1775) Filippo Costaggini 1880-188912. "Declaration of Independence" (1776) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889 13. "Surrender of Cornwallis" (1781) Filippo Costaggini 1880-188914. "Death of Tecumseh" (1813) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889 15. "American Army Entering the City of Mexico" (1847) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889 16. "Discovery of Gold in California" (1848) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889 17. "Peace at the End of the Civil War" (1865) Allyn Cox 1951-1953 18. "Naval Gun Crew in the Spanish-American War" (1898) Allyn Cox 1951-1953 Architect of the Capitol19. "The Birth of Aviation" (1903) Allyn Cox 1951-1953 Architect of the Capitol
10. "Oglethorpe and the Indians" (1732) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889
10. "Oglethorpe and the Indians" (1732) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889 | Source
11. "Battle of Lexington" (1775) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889
11. "Battle of Lexington" (1775) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889 | Source
12. "Declaration of Independence" (1776) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889
12. "Declaration of Independence" (1776) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889 | Source
13. "Surrender of Cornwallis" (1781) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889
13. "Surrender of Cornwallis" (1781) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889 | Source
14. "Death of Tecumseh" (1813) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889
14. "Death of Tecumseh" (1813) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889 | Source
15. "American Army Entering the City of Mexico" (1847) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889
15. "American Army Entering the City of Mexico" (1847) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889 | Source
16. "Discovery of Gold in California" (1848) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889
16. "Discovery of Gold in California" (1848) Filippo Costaggini 1880-1889 | Source
17. "Peace at the End of the Civil War" (1865) Allyn Cox 1951-1953
17. "Peace at the End of the Civil War" (1865) Allyn Cox 1951-1953 | Source
18. "Naval Gun Crew in the Spanish-American War" (1898) Allyn Cox 1951-1953 Architect of the Capitol
18. "Naval Gun Crew in the Spanish-American War" (1898) Allyn Cox 1951-1953 Architect of the Capitol | Source
19. "The Birth of Aviation" (1903) Allyn Cox 1951-1953 Architect of the Capitol
19. "The Birth of Aviation" (1903) Allyn Cox 1951-1953 Architect of the Capitol | Source

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

The White House
The White House

In 2008 we took all 3 of our girls, this time around we only took our youngest. My oldest moved out and our middle daughter didn't want to go. In the photo from 2008 my family is in the middle, my hubby and the 3 girls, I took the picture. The 2013 photo is of my hubby, my daughter and me :)

2013 Photos

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The lawn was set up for the Easter Egg Roll.South Side White HouseSouth Side White HouseSouth Side White HouseSouth Side White HouseSouth Side White HouseSouth Side White HouseSouth Side White HouseSouth Side White HouseSouth Side White House
The lawn was set up for the Easter Egg Roll.
The lawn was set up for the Easter Egg Roll. | Source
South Side White House
South Side White House | Source
South Side White House
South Side White House | Source
South Side White House
South Side White House | Source
South Side White House
South Side White House | Source
South Side White House
South Side White House | Source
South Side White House
South Side White House | Source
South Side White House
South Side White House | Source
South Side White House
South Side White House | Source
South Side White House
South Side White House | Source

Concepcion Picciotto has lived in Lafayette Square, since August 1, 1981, in protest of nuclear arms.

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Photo from my visit in 2008
Photo from my visit in 2008
Photo from my visit in 2008
Photo from my visit in 2008
Photo from my visit in 2008
Photo from my visit in 2008
Photo from my visit in 2008
Photo from my visit in 2008
Photo from my visit in 2008
Photo from my visit in 2008

She's still there!

White House Protest Since 1981
White House Protest Since 1981 | Source

No such luck!

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When we got there they had a cold snap and the blooms didn't open.The first day we arrived. The blossoms not opened. I was so disappointed.Close up of cherry tree. They didn't bloom until the 9th. We left on the 1st.On Easter Sunday, the day before we left, we passed by this on our way back to the hotel from the Metro.
When we got there they had a cold snap and the blooms didn't open.
When we got there they had a cold snap and the blooms didn't open. | Source
The first day we arrived. The blossoms not opened. I was so disappointed.
The first day we arrived. The blossoms not opened. I was so disappointed. | Source
Close up of cherry tree. They didn't bloom until the 9th. We left on the 1st.
Close up of cherry tree. They didn't bloom until the 9th. We left on the 1st.
On Easter Sunday, the day before we left, we passed by this on our way back to the hotel from the Metro.
On Easter Sunday, the day before we left, we passed by this on our way back to the hotel from the Metro. | Source

The Jefferson Memorial - 2013

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The Jefferson Memorial - 2013
The Jefferson Memorial - 2013 | Source
The Jefferson Memorial - 2013
The Jefferson Memorial - 2013 | Source
The Jefferson Memorial - 2013
The Jefferson Memorial - 2013 | Source
The Jefferson Memorial - 2013
The Jefferson Memorial - 2013 | Source
The Jefferson Memorial - 2013
The Jefferson Memorial - 2013 | Source
Sunset
Sunset | Source

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial - 2013

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial | Source
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial | Source
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial | Source
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial | Source

United States Botanic Garden

United States Botanic Garden - Washington DC
United States Botanic Garden - Washington DC | Source
United States Botanic Garden
United States Botanic Garden | Source

Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet

- Our visit was in 2008 during the Cool Globes exhibit. Below are photos I took while on our visit to the Botanic Garden 2008.
- Our visit was in 2008 during the Cool Globes exhibit. Below are photos I took while on our visit to the Botanic Garden 2008.
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The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate ConceptionThe Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate ConceptionThe Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate ConceptionThe Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate ConceptionThe Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate ConceptionThe Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate ConceptionThe Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate ConceptionThe Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America.

One of the most, if not the most beautiful places, I have ever seen. I was so upset because a lot of my photos came out dark. I have added some of the images to this capsule. The photos do not do justice. I am working on fixing more of the photos that I took during our visit, hopefully will have some up soon.


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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Michelle Collins 6 years ago from Florida

      @Kiwisoutback: That's too funny! I was just getting the pictures together of the National Archives to add to this lens today. Thanks so much for the blessing!

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I was there during the Cool Globes exhibit too! I love DC, we spent two days there and really didn't see anywhere near as much as we could have. The line for the Constitution (National Archives) was ridiculous so we took a pass that day. Excellent photos, blessed by the US Travel Angel!

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      I have been there and it was cool to go there and see it!

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      MargaretMcKeehan 6 years ago

      This is a moving great lens so far......good work

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Congratulations on the 'Best Intro Photo'!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful photos - Congrats on getting "Purple Star".

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      dotcomboy 6 years ago

      What a fun Lens! Congrats on your purple star!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Great lens - congratulations on the Purple Star.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Lots of great photos. Looks like you had a wonderful trip.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Love this lens.

      This trip is on my wish list.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Love this lens.

      This trip is on my wish list.

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      MargaretMcKeehan 6 years ago

      This is a moving lens. It has so much interesting things on here. The video's give you the feel of being there , and wanting to go there if you have not gone before....Great Job...

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      I hope one day to visit Washington DC. We've talked about it many times and want to go. The bird's eye view video helps to visualize where things are.

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      beerhead 6 years ago

      The video is AWESOME gave me chill's!!!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I love that you showed the fabulous art from the capital. Nicely done.

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      beerhead 6 years ago

      Great lens Michelle. Can't wait to see more!!

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Very cool! I love the pictures!

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      Wow it's beautiful you took amazing pictures I know you enjoyed it; great lens

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I'm looking forward to seeing more as this lens progresses. Washington DC is such a wonderful place to visit.