Wednesday, June 22, 2011

First Day In Washington, D.C.

Today we caught the last Express Bus going to the Metro Station.  The bus comes right into the RV Park that we’re staying in.  The last Express Bus comes in at 10:00 so that was perfect for us.  There are other buses that come but they are the regular type that stop every few blocks.  This one took us right to the Metro Station at the University of Maryland.

The Metro is a subway system that goes all over the D.C. area.  Once you get the hang of it, it is SO easy and SO convenient.  We only had one little boo boo by not getting off at one of our stops.  No biggie, we just got on another train going the other way.  LOL

This is a map of the Metro.  Looks confusing at first but really is easy and FUN!


Our bus driver



We decided today to go to Union Station and do the Double Decker Bus Tour to get a “lay of the land”.  Tomorrow we’ll go back to see the things we saw on the tour that seemed interesting to us.

Rod didn’t know that Union Station was a real working train station so I thought maybe there were others that didn’t know this.  It’s an Historic building but it’s really a train station and there are people all over the place hauling their luggage around and taking a train somewhere.  Amtrak and MARC (Maryland Area Rail Commuter Service) have gates that look just like airport gates.



This is the outside of Union Station.


The Double Decker Bus.  By the way, for those that are visiting soon the bus cost us $40 each for unlimited on/off for two days.


Most of the blog is going to be pictures of buildings because we didn’t get off and visit the insides of any of them today.

The Postal Museum that you KNOW we’ll have to visit tomorrow


The Capitol Building


Another thing we found out that we didn’t know is that ALL the Smithsonian Museums are FREE!!  This is one we’ll probably be seeing.


The Washington Monument


The Jefferson Memorial


Ford’s Theatre where President Lincoln was shot


Smithsonian Castle (same architect that designed the St Patrick Cathedral in New York City)


Lincoln Memorial.  Usually there is a pool in front of the Memorial but it has been leaking for years so they decided to finally drain it and repair it.


The National Archives


The Old Post Office which is shops and restaurants now.


The White House


Arlington National Cemetery



The Pentagon


I can’t wait to do it all over again tomorrow!  Today was so much fun!

If there is something that anybody wants me to take a picture of let me know and I’ll try to get there.

I thought of my Canadian friends, Brenda, JB and Sandra when I saw this building.  It’s the Canadian Embassy and the ONLY Embassy in the downtown area.



Sandra said...

Thanks for thinking of us, Deb. We were in Washington, DC years ago so you're bringing back memories.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Great to hear from you again.

I would love to go to the Smithsonian, I didn't know it was FREE. Now that is really something in this day and age.
Looking forward to more pictures. Thanks.
Happy Trails, Penny, TX

JB said...

I wish I was there to help go through all those museums. Looks like you are going to have a lot of fun over the next few days.

squawmama said...

Wow what a great bus tour & awesome photos... Looks like it goes to everything. Several years ago we took the train from Florida into Union Station and spent 2 nights in DC. Didn't get to really visit muc one museum and the veterans wall. That's why we are heading back next spring. Have fun and will be waiting for more photos of what you see & do!
Have fun & Keep safe!

Ellie and Jim said...

Thanks for the tour, hope you enjoy the Postal Museum, I know Rod will!

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

There is so much to do there. We lived in the area for three years, so this brings back some memories :)

Mark and Dortha said...

Great day. If I ever make it to DC, I am taking you with are hired as the tour guide. Have fun and keep the pictures coming.