Trip Start Jan 11, 2013
11Trip End Jan 31, 2013
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At Smithonian, the first thing I did was taking a picture of a map, because I knew there were a lt of museum around the National Mall and, without a map, I would waste a lt of time
At half past eight, the entrance opened. However, I was not the first one to enter. A family who came there 5 minutes before the opening hour dashed to the entrance and they entered before me, which made me a bit unhappy! (lol) Anyway, I left my bag at the cloak and get a ticke for the guided tour of the Capitol. When I arrived at the meeting place of the tour, there were a lot of visitors and it proved that the tour was very popular. The guided tour was well-worth joining, or rather a must
After that, I visited the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, which was the museum I was looking forward to visiting. Strangely the museum was closed, although I arrived at the museum at 11:00. I didn't know why, but somebody told me that all the Smithsonian museums were closed at the time, because of bad weather of the day. Just BAD WEATHER made all the museums closed! In fact, an employer of a museum said so.... Eventually I waited one hour, eating early lunch in front of the museum. The museum opened at 12 sharp as the employer said. First thing I saw in the museum was dinosaur fossils, the highlight of the museum. The collection was amazing! It was different from that of the movie Night Museum, but I liked it very much. I spent two hours in the museum and one of them in the dinosaur fossil section. Other than that, there were some live creatures like spiders, scorpions, butterflies, etc, but they were not as impressive as the fossils.
After I left the museum, I headed for Washington Memorial. You can see the memorial from anywhere in the National Mall, but it is not always easy to get there
Washington Memorial from there. I liked the view since I watched Forrest Gump. I walked up to the memorial on the lane along the Reflecting Pond. So when I went up to the top of the Lincon Memorial steps, I took a picture of the view before that of the Lincoln Statue. Needless to say, the statue was also impressive. Personally, that was the best tourist attraction of Washington DC.
Before I depart for the next destination White House, I dropped by the tourist information near the memorial hall. The staff gave me directions to the White House and a piece of advice. He suggested that I should walk around the house ground to see it from different directions. That seemed to be a good advice, but it was a bit hard, because the ground was huge. First, I saw the house from the south side. It was the house I had seen in its pictures, but the house was seen in the distance. Then I walked to the opposite side, but the house didn't look so impressive. To be honest, the White House looks better in its pictures. I was tired from a long walk, so I finished sightseeing of the day and headed for my hostel.
On the next day, I had a plan to visit two museums: American History Museum and National Air and Space Museum
The last destination in Washington DC was National Air and Space Museum, the most popular Smithsonian museum. I don't like museums so much, but I loved this museum. Probably, that was the best museum I had ever visited. Some displays were gorgeous, including Soyuz, Space Shuttle engine and Wright Flyers. I was so excited that I lost track of time. I spent two hours there, but that was not enough. At half past five closing time, gurds forced all the visitors out. Otherwise, excited visitors would never have got out of the museum. Actually, I was scheduled to leave there at five, but I couldn't until 5:30.. So I had to hurry to Union Bus Station to catch a bus for Montreal via New York.