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Here are some shots I took on a recent trip to Washington D.C. One of the sayings for the city by those who live there is "I love DC." After visiting there recently, I would say that I agree! DC is a cool place.

There are so many things to see: The Lincoln Memorial, The Washington Monument, The White House, Congress, The National Archives, The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian and much more. Just finding out what you want to see more of can take several days.

The city was founded on July 16, 1790 on the north bank of the Potomac River between the states of Virginia and Maryland. It is the permanent national capital and the centers of all three branches of government are located here.

The White House

White House at Night

The White House is a beautiful building that serves as a home for the President of the United States.

Here is a nice shot of it at night from the "technical" front on Pennsylvania Avenue. The tour guides will tell you that both sides of the White House are actually the front so it won't be seen as facing (and therefore favoring) any particular state.

The White House

White House - Daytime

U.S. Capitol Building

U.S. Capitol

Home for the U.S. Congress - The Capitol building (spelled with an "o").

U.S. Capitol Dome

U.S. Capitol Dome

Interior view of the U.S. Capitol Dome, looking upwards. Breathtaking sight!

Library Of Congress

Library Of Congress

Awesome interior view of the Library of Congress entry hall

Supreme Court

Supreme Court

Exterior shot of the U.S. Supreme Court building. Note the inscription above the entrance: "Equal Justice Under Law". They never allow pictures inside of the courtroom itself. It preserves the seriousness of what they do.

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument. Built between 1848 and 1884 as a tribute to George Washington's military leadership from 1775-1783 during the American Revolution.
It weighs 81,120 tons, and stands 555' 5-1/8" tall. It is the tallest structure in Washington D.C. proper.

Old Post Office

Old Post Office

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial. This is the one on the back of a penny (up close, of course).

Ford's Theater

Ford's Theater

The balcony in Ford's Theater where President Lincoln was shot. He was in the box sitting in a large red chair at the time.
The theater is still actively used for plays today.

Hope Diamond

Hope Diamond

The Smithsonian houses the 45.52-carat Hope Diamond, which is the world's largest deep blue diamond. The gem has a long and mysterious past, and some people even think it is cursed!

Iwo Jima Memorial

Iwo Jima Memorial

The Marine Corps War Memorial (also called the Iwo Jima Memorial) is a military memorial statue outside the walls of the Arlington National Cemetery and next to the Netherlands Carillon, in Arlington, Virginia. The memorial is dedicated to all personnel of the United States Marine Corps who have died in the defense of their country since 1775.

Chinatown Restaurant

Chinatown Restaurant

Interesting restaurant in Washington D.C. Chinatown.
Notice the heads still on the hanging chickens, next to the red squid. Yum.

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