In February we received another date to visit the White House which was was my third date. After making my requests through my local Congressman. There was no way I was going to pass up this opportunity to visit the White House and capture a piece of history with my kids. This was the third date I received so we had to go this time. For the previous dates, the weather was not on our side. On my first scheduled date there was a snow storm that hit the MidAtlantic area and on the next scheduled date rain was expected across the MidAtlantic area. Washington is definitely a town to visit on a fair weather day because there is so much to see outside of the White House.
On Thursday night, I loaded the kids in the car and we headed south on I95. I found a great boutique hote l(my favorite type) on Priceline, Topaz Hotel in NW DC. It was a great rate and a perfect location for walking to area restaurants, close to Metro. We were scheduled for a Friday morning visit, so me and the kids hopped in a cab to the White House. When we arrived we had to go through a few security checkpoints and then there was a wait to begin the tour. Unfortunately no cameras are allowed so it was difficult to take in all the wonderful pieces of history. The hallway that leads to the beginning of the tour was awesome as it was filled with photographs that chronicled the current President’s events as well as previous administrations. When the visitors were ushered upstairs we were able to see the room where state dinners are held, the hallway where President Obama hosts the press, the red room and the green room. The history captured under one roof is amazing and I actually think the kids were impressed. Although they expected to see President Obama and his daughters they still enjoyed it.
While in DC, I thought it would be cool to see the Washington Monument, which allows you to get a spectacular panoromic view of the city from the observation deck. We also visited the National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural Science (by far my favorite). I would suggest the museums in DC as I was amazed the museum were free. On our next trip we have to spend more time and do the IMAX theater.