Around the National Mall

On the grounds of The National Mall, you find the memorials and monuments I blogged about in my previous post. Surrounding the National Mall, you can find many more famous buildings. These include, The United States Capitol Building, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the White House, and the Smithsonian Institution.

I have seen and walked through all the places listed above. First we went to The United States Capitol Building. This building is unique for all its architecture. The Capitol Building has a tall dome in the center of the building, rising higher then the other parts of the building. On top of this dome stands the Statue of Freedom. “Lady Freedom” is bold because she is bronze while the rest of the building is an off white. Now we take a look inside the building. This building consists of 540 rooms in which are divided into five levels. Most of these rooms are chambers and meeting rooms for the United States Congress. Other then the rooms there is a main atrium where tourists can walk around storing statues of past presidents and The Declaration of Independence. Next up was the Bureau of Engraving and Printing building. Out of all the sightseeing I did in DC, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was my favorite. My family and I got to see where all the money in the United States gets made and printed. I also got my picture taken and put on a $20 bill. Finally, the place everyone had been waiting to see, The White House. The White House was hosting the olympians the week we were visiting DC so we just got to walk by it. Super neat to see especially since you always see The White House on TV and in pictures. Lastly, we gave our attention to the Smithsonian Institution on the last day. Included with the Smithsonian Institution is many exhibits. We went to the air and space museum, historical museum, the butterfly pavilion, and the library. After all this we were very wore out.

There is only so much you can see in DC for a weeks worth. We got to see everything and even more then what we had planned for. Washington DC was a great experience holding several facts and historical importances no where else in the United States has. I suggest everyone to make a trip to DC sometime and take in all the information DC has to offer.

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