I come here oftern, although some would say not often enough, because I have family in the city. This year has been good to me and I have at least recently been here a couple of times in the past month.
It is quite fun to be able to walk into shops and talk to people who know of what or whom I am speaking.
I will always come back here and enjoy each trip I take to this town.
Post Office Pavilion
There are bells which apparently still work in the tower of the post office pavilion, although I actually dont know whether they still get used or not. If you go up in the lift to the top of the observatory you wont see them, but have to walk up the stairs and you can them see them through a glass window.
The photo is a bit dark though.
As an American I think it is...
As an American I think it is very important to visit 'OUR' buildings. Every federal building encorporated within this small vicinity has great meaning. It brought out the patriotism in me. I must say the fondest memory of Washington is and probably always will be sleeping in the Airport.
There is something for...
There is something for everyone. For those of you into the american history and government, the White House, The Capitol, The National Archives, all in Downtown and within walking distance of each other are a must. For those into the culture and the arts, the are the National Gallery, the Smithsonian Museums, the Hirschorn Museum, etc. For dinner and nighlife, the area near the MCI center Downtown, Dupont Circle area, and Adams Morgan area, all offer good restaurants and bars/clubs. And for the active, there are running,, bicycling, skating trails all over the place. Other activities include the interesting tours of the FBI and the Pentagon, touring the National Arboretum, or the Arlington Cemetery and the monuments. November 1997, I had just moved to the area from Puerto Rico. Sixteen inches of snow fell. Everything was white, with the monuments sticking out between the white snow and the blue sky.
A great website for trip planning :)
I found a site that clarifies what is open, and what is closed for renovations or security .....
Let me tell you, this little website was a huge help in my planning as I only had 2 days to tour this historical place. The info I received from the website helped me prioritize my days quite efficiently - as I was able to avoid taking time to go to some sights which were closed :)