Day two in Washington, D.C. was equally exciting and fun!
Although it was a cloudy day, I was excited to get to go to the top of the Washington Monument. Notice the circle of flags around the base of the obelisk. How many flags do you think surround the monument? What is an obelisk?
Park Rangers monitor the government monuments. They help tourists and answer questions.
As you enter the base of the monument, there is a statue of our Founding Father.
Tourists wait in line for their turn in the elevator to the top.
Up at 500 feet, visitors exit the elevator and observe Washington, D.C. Here are the four views!
The World War II Memorial was spectacular from 500 feet!
The beautiful Potomac River was interesting to observe.
What do you notice in this photo?
The windows at the top face north, south, east, and west. The compass rose was the perfect decoration inside the elevator!
Next stop, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
No photography was allowed inside, but photos were permitted in the lobby.
Giant posters of bills were placed along the walls for viewing!
Color was introduced in 2004.
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Sheets of two dollar bills on display in the lobby. What is the value of this sheet?
What is the value of this sheet of fives?
How tall am I in stacks of hundreds?
What is that value?
Around noon, I stopped by National Geographic.
What is this strange animal behind me?
In the afternoon, I visited the National Archives. There I saw the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights! No pictures were allowed, but I did capture this great sculpture outside the building.
After the National Archives, I dashed over to the Museum of Natural History. There is an elephant in the lobby!
Upstair, a real gem of exhibit...the Hope Diamond!
In the evening, I was fortunate enough to get a tour of the White House. My former student, Ella, lined up this special tour!
Thank you Ella!
What are some questions you have for me about my day?
Which photos did you like the best?