June 9, 2008

Washington, D.C. Pt. 3

We completed the double-decker loop tour and had lunch at Union Station.

Then we headed back out to get a better look at the Capitol from the lawn.

Next we headed to the White House Visitor Center.

Here we learned about the various functions of The White House itself.

We got a look at the general layout of the building thanks to this diagram.

The most famous room in The White House, The Oval Office, changes with the times and the presidents.

Then we got pictures from this side of The White House...

and that side of The White House. See, Marlon really WAS there.

Then we walked over to the Washington Monument which Doug missed earlier in the day.

Two gawking tourists took in the size of the sand-colored obelisk.

The Monument stands 555 feet 5.5 inches tall! At the time of its completion in 1888, it was the world's tallest structure. The Monument retained this title for approximately seven months, when the then-completed Eiffel Tower surpassed it in height at over 1,000 feet.

That guy sure looks short!

At this point, we decided the unusually hot temperatures near 100 degrees had tired us out and it was time to head back home for the day.

Maybe we'll have a video to watch tomorrow.

For more pictures, go to http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/june/washington-dc-day-3/ pictures 1-42.

To be continued...

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