13 Nov'06 :
Vijay & the kids left early morning.Pratibha,who works from home, dropped us off at Shady Grove station(20 mts drive from N.Potomac). There we boarded red line metro to Union Station.The Glenmont bound train took 45 mts to reach Union stn.The Metro rail system consists of Red, Orange,Blue,Green & Yellow Lines travelling to different destinations. After alighting at Union we went to Tourist Information counter & decided to take the one day Old Town Trolley tour of D.C @ $.32/- per person. Named "Washington's Best Tour" by the Washingtonian Magazine, the Old Town Trolley offers the most comprehensive tour of the Nation's Capitol. Sit back while the expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington D.C. The Old Town Trolley two hour and fifteen minute adventure covers Washington's major attractions such as the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial,Roosevelt Memorial,Washington Monument,Arlington Cemetry, Georgetown, Washington National Cathedral, the White House,Capitol, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. Expert guides share colorful anecdotes, humorous stories and well researched historical information
Old Town Trolley Tour allows you to get off at any of our 17 conveniently located stops. When you're ready, just re-board and it's on with the tour. Explore Washington DC at your leisure and enjoy attractions, shopping and dining as you make one complete loop.
We got off at two points - one at the White House(George Bush was unfortunately away holidaying in his ranch !) & another at the transfer point which took us to the National Cathedral.This also took us through downtown D.C & through the embassy street where nearly 180 embassies are located.
Washington D.C is really one of the most beautiful cities that I have visited. There are no skyscrapers, the city has large open spaces, the air is fresh, people are relaxed, the city abounds in memorials, monuments & museums , even the government buildings have monumental in architecture & size,there are no traffic jams,people can walk around comfortably,the city is impeccably neat & clean.
A visit to D.C is a must for any tourist visiting the US.