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Since we have such a “short” (Please note both my excitement for being here and my sarcasm. We’re living here in a hotel for two months. But even still, I’m happy to be here.) time in DC, I was determined to take advantage of all the area has to offer!

If you’re planning a trip to DC, the first thing you need to do (even before arriving) is contact your Congressman! My Representatives, Senator Shelby and Representative Bonner, are able to help get tour tickets. We were able to get tickets for a tour of the Capitol Building quite quickly, and so the girls and I headed into DC and got in line for our tour!

(Tip: When they say don’t drive in because parking is horrible, BELIEVE THEM. Plus, the parking meters have a max of two hours, which is hardly enough time to do anything. Lesson learned. If you’re dealing with little legs, take the metro and then get a taxi to drop you off. It’s worth it.) 

Here we are in the Welcome Center. This is where you will find water fountains, bathrooms, lots of people standing in lines, and a lot of statues.

And this is by the exit of the tour. The girls were quite tired of walking and of me taking pictures by this time.

Okay, the coolest part of the tour for us, were the headphones! They were connected to a microphone our tour guide had, so that we could hear her clearly and she didn’t have to yell. This was great, because the echo was crazy.

Here are pictures of the inside of the dome.

This room was the “original” location for Congress. Honestly? There was very little to see in here and was kinda boring.

Plaques on the floor note where certain representatives (the famous ones) sat.

Entrance to "traditional" office of the Speaker of the House. Not sure how much it actually is used, though.

And this is the “crypt”. Originally, they wanted to bury George Washington here. But they didn’t, so now they store his statue. Yup. Along with a few others.

Beyond that, there was very little to see in this tour. (I did not opt to do the viewing of Congress in session. Figured it wouldn’t be appropriate for preschoolers.) The entire tour, including a fifteen minute video, lasted 45 minutes. My overall impression was, “Meh.”

But, if your kids were slightly older, and you had been studying US geography, you could make a scavenger hunt game looking at the statues. Each state has donated a statue to the Capitol Building, and they are all kept in the areas you’ll visit during the tour. In fact, sometimes they are jam-packed and shoved practically on top of each other.

Here is Helen Keller's statue, donated by Alabama

Just FYI, this is the guy you need to thank for air conditioning.

So, that was our trip to the Capitol Building. We can at least say we did it, but the girls were completely uninterested, and I was underimpressed.

PS. I forgot to mention that I was able to use this trip to introduce the girls to Schoolhouse Rock!
 
Go on, you know you want to sing along!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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