We figured a trip around America wasn’t complete without a visit to our nation’s capital, especially given that the National Park Service manages the National Mall. We stayed with some friends in Virginia and rode the train into Washington, DC, where we hopped off the train at the Smithsonian.
We could not have asked for a nicer November fall day. We walked up and down the national mall, showing Jane and Wilson the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, White House, Vietnam Memorial, WWII Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and The White House.
Our kids certainly can’t understand the significance of the memorials and buildings we toured, or the significance of a presidential election year, though it’s a start to their understanding.
Jane did complete a number of activities to earn her junior ranger badge, which gave her some context, and she did recognize that she also saw Abraham Lincoln carved at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota.
Given how close we live to DC, they will likely return several times through school field trips and other family trips, and perhaps they will have some early memories of our time here.
Here are photos of our morning in DC: