My little family and I have lived in Northern Virginia for a year and a half now. We suffer from the ever so common attitude of “it is so close that we can see it anytime”. This leads us to weekend drives into the Blue Ridge Mountains, jaunts to Gettysburg, Camping in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a road-tripping to West Virginia, and a ridiculous day-trip to Philadelphia to see Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell just, well, because we could. In October we have a trip to Canada and the New England states planned.
While we take these longer, out-of-the-way trips, we neglect the vast cultural and historical activities a few miles away: the District of Columbia. It is not to say we ignore it completely. When we first moved East we toured the National Mall and Arlington National Cemetery once. But even that was limited to how much a baby would put up with. We haven’t ventured back into D.C. since. Not for sight seeing purposes, anyways.
Eventually we will tour all the Smithsonian museums and the memorials. Probably before we move West again and are nearly out of time. In the meantime, I have compiled a meager slideshow to be edited and added to at a later date. Enjoy!