Monday, July 13, 2015

Two tours and some rest

East Coast Driving Trip 2015 - Day 4

This morning we kind of did the divide and conquer thing.
Hubby left early to try and get tickets for the tour at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the kids and I met him.
It all went according to plan. The kids and I met him near the Washington Monument a few minutes before a Mall tour started.
The Mall tour was through DC by Foot. You reserve your spot and then pay what you like (at the end). The tour was great, although the kids weren't quite as interested as hubby and I. A few more years of history in school and these things may mean more to them.

Part of the WWII Memorial - each star represents 100 lives lost
White House in the distance
We made it to the other end of the Mall

After our two hour walking tour, we made our way to the largest food court I can remember in the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, which provided us with a  nice assortment of options for lunch.

And before we knew it, it was time for our 2nd tour of the day at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (where they make money). This tour is free, but you need to stand in line early in the morning to get tickets, which was what hubby did.
I think the kids enjoyed this tour a bit more than the Mall tour. In part because it was only 40 mins, instead of 2 hours. The open windows into the printing areas were a big hit, and the gentlemen working waved and had some fun signs to show us. All in all, well worth the time.

The rest of our day was more unstructured. Some rest, some errands and more rest.
We have sure had a busy time in DC.

Miles today: 48
Miles total: 293
States Total: 3

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