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Up on the Hill

On day 2 we geared up for an early and big day up on the Hill! We toured the White House, Library of Congress, Supreme Court and the Capitol building. 

Getting Tickets

We had to request tickets to tour the White House and Capitol Building through our congressional members. Do this at least three weeks in advance (ideally more like three months) It was an easy process but we had to keep our schedule flexible because we didn’t know exact days and times until a week before we left. 

You have several choices in what to tour through your congressional member. I chose the White House and Capitol Building, but you can also choose FBI building, Quantico, etc. If you have older children I highly suggest the later and wish I had done so for the girls.

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Washington DC Museums

American History Museum

We could only choose only one Smithsonian museum to tour during our museum day and we chose the National Museum of American History. Mom wanted the girls to see the Inauguration Gowns and First Lady china patterns.

I noticed that the dressed weren’t presented in chronological order and were mixed between older and modern styles. Each dress showed how tall and size of each first lady. 

Right across the hall of First Ladies I found Abraham Lincoln’s original top hat and it’s considered one of the Institution’s most treasured objects.


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Monument Bike Tour at Night

I wanted to find an activity that would keep the girls interest and be a unique way to see the sites. I came across the company Bike and Roll and after some research found out that they do monument bike tour at night. I was so excited to find something that would appeal to my tweens that are becoming pickier by the day. When we arrived we got all geared up with a helmet and a right sized bike. We also got a bottle of water and snack for the road. 

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