The night after we got home from Savannah and Charleston, we planned our DC trip for the following day. Since it was only a three hour drive, we decided to leave later around lunch time. Bad idea. It seems that those people who had traveled for the week of 4th of July and the following weekend were all heading home at the same time. Ultimately bumper-to-bumper traffic added two hours to our travel time to Arlington, Virginia and we got in rather late. Too late to take the metro (which appeared pretty shady after dark...) so we just settled in to leave at a decent time the following morning.
It, uh, wasn't the cleanest way to travel (carpet, really?!) but we got there quickly and without having to drive in DC which was a huge bonus.
Our first stop: The Holocaust Museum. This is pretty much the only picture I got because we had to go through security and we weren't allowed to take pictures inside, for obvious reasons.
I bought this postcard of a tower that extended about three levels that was filled with personal photographs of just one Jewish community that had been destroyed. Really moving.
Then it was time to walk around and view some of the memorials and monuments (we only got to a couple though, really really far to walk and we were short on time).
Then it was time to hop on the metro and head to Ben's Chili Bowl (a DC landmark which has been frequented by Martin Luther King Jr., Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole. It's also been featured on Man VS Food and President Obama has his own booth there!). This blog has a great write-up on the place.
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We got the chili half-smokes (just like the President) and chili fries. The chili was amazing!