Order of the day - skip breakfast, sleep in to 10.00am and visit The Capitol
We woke to a fine day that was very much like a Brisbane day.
We walked the four blocks to Union Station for lunch.
Out the front of Union Station is located the Freedom Bell and the Christopher Columbus Memorial.
We walked the three blocks to the Capitol.
There is a wonderful view from the steps of The Capitol down through the National Mall to the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. the US Grant Memorial sits in front of the Senate Reflecting Pool.
Colleen and I headed down the National mall to the Smithsonian Museums. The Smithsonian museums are the most widely visible part of the United States' Smithsonian Institution and consist of nineteen museums and galleries as well as the National Zoological Park. Seventeen of these collections are located in Washington D.C., with eleven of those located on the National Mall. The birth of the Smithsonian Institution can be traced to the acceptance of James Smithson's legacy, willed to the United States in 1826. Smithson died in 1829, and in 1836, President Andrew Jackson informed Congress of the gift, which it accepted. In 1838, Smithson's legacy, which totaled more than $500,000, was delivered to the United States Mint and entered the Treasury. After eight years, in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution was established.
We need to prioritise which of the museums we will go to. Two of those we are sure to visit are the Air and Space and the Holocaust Museum.
Today, we visited the national museum of the American Indian.
We plan to walk down to Union Station by 9.00am tomorrow to take the 48hour Big Bus Tours around Washington. These will give us a good overview to go back and visit highlights such as The White House and Arlington National Cemetery.