Trip Start Feb 06, 2014
43Trip End Jul 02, 2014
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Our last visit to Washington DC was just a day trip from NYC so this time spending 3 nights allowed us to see a lot more.
DC had been on high alert before we got there as they were bracing for a mega storm. Thankfully however the storm got downgraded when we arrived and fizzled out before it reached the Capital.
The weather was quite random though during our short stay. One day dark, gloomy clouds yet pleasant temperature. The next day clear sunny and freezing and the day after that snow. So we got it all.
After a quick flight from Chicago and checking into our accommodation we walked 50 metres around the corner to see Obama's accommodation (The White House). We also checked out the Washington Monument which was under repairs and the Lincoln Memorial.
The next day we visited the National Air and Space Museum. As one of the free Smithsonian's this place was filled with full size planes and space craft. With many hands on and interactive exhibitions showcasing the history of flight it was hard not to stay here all day.
Afterwards we visited The International Spy Museum where I, Joe, got to indulge in pretending to be James Bond. The museum featured real spy gadgets, interactive games and displays, and stories from the worlds biggest spy organisations and secret agents. And yes it had a James Bond exhibition as well.
The following day we went to the Newseum which showcases the media's view on the worlds biggest moments throughout modern history. Absolutely fascinated by this place we spent the next 5 hours making our way from top to bottom of the 7 stories. Out the front of the Newseum is 1 front page from a major newspaper of every one of the 50 states for that day. At the top there are front pages of the world's print media. The Newseum also housed parts of the Berlin Wall and the aerial from one of the World Trade Centre tower.
As we had spent so long at the Newseum we quickly rushed over to the National Archives before it closed to catch a quick glimpse of the original copies of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence.
We boarded a train the next day and headed to what will be our home for the next 3 weeks... New York.