|(Monument, Ice Cream, Bones, Compass)|
|(Archive Selfie, Code Breaker, Archive Seal)|
|(White House, Sisters at the Capitol, MLK, Cherry Blossoms, Lincoln, Korean War, Iwo Jima, Vietnam War, Joneses)|
|(Representatives Jones & Jones, Flag, Badasses, Pretty Light, Me & Abe, Crypt, Indoor Freedom, Sacagaweas, My Loves)|
|Main Reading Room, Sidewalk View, Tunnel, Pretty, Pretty, TJ's Books, Pretty, My Loves Among TJ's Books, More Pretty)|
|(Southern Belle, Strangers' Homes, Graffiti Artist, New Baubles, Capitol, Galway, Paca, Ice Cream, Cutie Pies)|
Then we headed over to the Newseum (an interactive museum of news and journalism). Wow! It was incredible. I hadn't even heard of it when I was planning our trip and our itineraries. However, several people along the way mentioned it and said what a great job they had done with it. Some things to know: it costs money (but you get a 2-day pass) and several of the exhibits are graphic and may not be appropriate for children. In fact, we pulled ours out of the Pulitzer Prize Photograph Gallery about 10 minutes. The 9/11 Gallery was challenging but we sat with them and watched the featured film "Running Toward Danger" and then talked about it afterward. The Berlin Wall Gallery was amazing--as was Today's Front Pages Gallery and the view from the Hank Greenspun Terrace (however, the Capitol Dome was under scaffolding during our visit and we don't have any great pictures). The girls had the most fun in the New Media Gallery with all of the interactive components. We were there for almost 4 hours and only saw a fraction of the compelling material.
|(9/11, First Amendment, Front Pages, New Media Fun, Beauty, Great Books, Berlin Wall, Pulitzer Gallery, World News)|
After the Newseum, we headed back to Annapolis for the night. We got up early and drove home. The 14 hour roundtrip car ride was made enjoyable by listening to a completely entertaining, unabridged (11.5 hours) reading of The Hobbit. We all loved it (though Piper needed some convincing early on). The best part of the adventure was sharing it with this guy!
Obviously, there is so much more to see and experience in DC. Which sights, museums, restaurants, or attractions should we put on the list for our next visit? Your suggestions (in the comments below) are greatly appreciated!