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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Washington D.C - Day 2

14 Nov'06 :

Once again boarded Red Line from Shady Grove alighted at Metro Centre & switched over to the Blue Line towards Largo Center. Got down at Smithsonian station. Armed with a road map of D.C we decided to walk around.Walked past the Holocaust Memorial Museum into Jefferson Drive towards Washington Monument. At 555 ft height this monument towers over everything else in D.C. Tickets are free & the entrance timed. A 70 sec elevator ride takes visitors to the 500 ft level for spectacular views of D.C. We then walked to the WW 2 Memorial & thereon to Lincoln Memorial. Korean War Veterans Memorial,Franklin Roosevelt Memorial & Thomas Jefferson Memorial followed - all magnificent structures to remember the giants of American Revolution.
It was a bright & sunny day and ideal for photography. Also took time off to walk across the banks of the Potomac river & the Tidal Basin.

Our next destination was the Air & Space museum on Jefferson drive.The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. The museum features 22 exhibition galleries, displaying hundreds of artifacts including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the "Spirit of St. Louis," and the Apollo 11 command module.

The National Air and Space Museum is a must-see for visitors to Washington, DC. It is the most visited museum in the world and appeals to all ages. Many of the exhibits are interactive and great for kids.The Einstein Planetorium offers 3-D iMAX shows : Cosmic Collisions & Stars Tonight both shows are a must see for young aspiring scientists.

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