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3: National Harbor is a 300-acre city complex on the shore of the Potomac River in Prince George's County, Maryland just south of Washington D.C. (around 10 miles) The Wyndham Vacation Resort at National Harbor has 42 Presidential units. We were in an awesome 4 bedroom unit with a balcony. Only the Presidential units have their own washer-dryer. | November 14, 2010 | This was not our layout in the 4 bedroom but it was just as huge. 1 master suite off on one end separated by living room, kitchen, a long hallway with a laundry room, 2 smaller bedrooms with 2 bathrooms across from them and another master suite at the end of hallway.

5: places we ate at

7: W A S H I N G T O N | M O N U M E N T

9: World War II National Memorial The design consists of 56 granite pillars 17 feet tall. Each pillar is inscribed with the name of one of the 48 US States of 1945 as well as District of Columbia, the Alaska Territory and Territory of Hawaii, the Commonwealth of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands. The Northern Arch is inscribed with "Atlantic", the Southern one, "Pacific" (from Wikipedia)



12: Thomas Jefferson Memorial | Thomas Jefferson, the writer of the "Declaration of Independence". Third President of the United States

13: FDR MEMORIAL | The Monument is spread over 7.5 acres and is separated into 4 outdoor rooms one for each of FDR's terms of office. Sculptures inspired by photographs depict the 32nd president alongside his dog Fala, scenes from the Great Depression (listening to a fireside chat on the radio) waiting in a bread line, a bronze statue of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt standing before the United Nations emblem honors her dedication the the U.N. (it is the only presidential memorial to depict a First Lady) by Wikipedia

14: Iwo Jima (Marine Corps War Memorial) A military memorial statue outside the walls of the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The memorial is dedicated to all personnel of the US Marine Corps who have died in the defense of their country since 1775. (Wikipedia) | The White House | Washington Monument An obelisk near the west end of the National Mall, built to commemorate the 1st U.S. president, General George Washington. Made of marble, granite and bluestone gneiss is the world's tallest stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk. (Wikipedia)

15: George Washington and the Washington Monument Congress praised him after his death in 1799 by saying "first in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen." People called him "the father of our country" because he led the American army to victory in the Revolutionary War and served as the first President of the United States. He was the only President ever elected unanimously. When the Washington Monument finally opened to the public in 1888, it was 555 feet, 5 1/8 inches tall, the tallest stone building in the world. It had 898 steps to the level of the windows at 500 feet. Instead of walking up the steps, men could ride the steam elevator, which took 20 minutes. (Women and children had to walk because the elevator was considered too dangerous) Today the monument has only 897 steps (the bottom one has been converted to a wheelchair ramp). But visitors aren't allowed to walk up anymore; now everyone can ride the elevator to the top in 70 seconds and look out on the city. (www.teacher.scholastic.com)

16: Monday, November 15th, tour bus around DC by DC Tours at 9:00 a.m First was a 15 minute stop at the Capital. Then on to Arlington National Cemetery. It was a lot of walking and very hilly. Nick and I continued up the hill to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, we got there just in time to see the changing of the guard. This is one of the most viewed sites there besides the Eternal Flame at President John F. Kennedy grave site. To really see a lot one needs several hours there. Being on a tour bus we were limited on time. We were dropped off at the Pentagon City Mall for lunch which was included in the tour. After an hour there we were back on the bus. The rest of the tour included stops at the White House, the Garden side (south side), World War II Memorial, FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam and Korean War Veterans Memorials and the last stop at the Iwo Jima. The bus took us back to our resort around 5:00 p.m. We ate dinner that night at Cadillac Ranch All American Bar and Grill. Tuesday, November 16th, went to 2 Smithsonian Institutions on the National Mall. The National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American History. The Natural History Museum has a collection of over 500 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rock, meteorites and human cultural artifacts. The American History Museum collection preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunkers chair. (Wikipedia) After a day well spent checking out the museums we went to Pentagon City to find a Best Buy and had dinner at CPK. Wednesday, November 17th, National Air and Space Museum, (NASM) of the Smithsonian Institution holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. It was established in 1976. Almost all space and aircraft on display are originals or backups to the originals. After a few hours there we went to the Washington Monument. We had tickets for the afternoon. Nick and I walked ahead so we could attempt to walk the almost 900 steps only to find out they don't allow that anymore. When walking up the hill to the Monument it turned out to be so windy it was hold on to something or get blown away. I had to walk back and get Rich so he had something to hold on to. (me) Once up to the top the view was spectacular. (photos to prove it). We also went to the National Archives on this day. Wish we spent more time there. The Rotunda of the National Archives Building displays the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. Later that evening we went to happy hour at Cadillac Ranch.

17: Thursday, November 18th, A travel day today. (about a 3 hour drive) We will be staying at the Historical Powhatan Resort in Williamsburg. First stop is Jamestown. (This is a settlement located on Jamestown Island in the Virginia Colony. Founded as "James Fort" on May 14, 1607, it was the first permanent English settlement. From Wikipedia) Later we checked into the Powhatan Resort. Jane got a 4 bedroom unit. It was a two story with a full 2 bedroom unit upstairs and the same downstairs. It was a huge place. That night (actually the next day) at 3 a.m. Rich, Nick and I went to see the 2nd showing of the new Harry Potter movie that just came out. The very 1st showing was sold out. Friday, November 19th, hang around the resort today to check things out. Nick and I walked the nature trail here at the resort. At 3 p.m. we had a private "Ghost" tour of the Manor House. (no one else showed up). Saturday, November 20th, today will be a full day touring Colonial Williamsburg. (this is a walking tour) We will be walking back in time. Dinner at Cracker Barrel. Sunday, November 21st, back to DC then to Alexandria to visit Mount Vernon. (11:30-5). It's a lot of walking and hilly so after a Nick completed pretty much all of it he came back for me to go again while Rich hung out around the gift shop. Dinner at Cadillac Ranch. Monday, November 22nd, Last full day on the East Coast. Nick and I had planned on a walking day. So Rich and Jane dropped us off on the front side of the Capital. We actually walked across the street to the Library of Congress to use the bathroom before we started then back to the Capital and walked around to the other side and headed out. What would have been a straight shot by car between 2.5 to under 3 miles we zig zagged through the National Mall, walking through the Hirshorn Sculpture Garden, (something we wanted to see) around Washington Monument, past the WWII Memorial, along the Reflecting Pool up the steps to the inside of the Lincoln Memorial. With my pedometer on it said we walked around 4 miles. It was a great walk. Happy hour at Rosa Mexicano.

18: View from the top of Washington Monument

19: The Smithsonian Institution is the worlds largest museum and research complex. It includes 19 museums and galleries on the National Zoological Park.

20: The National Mall An open area National park in downtown D.C. The National Mall is a unit of the National Park service and is administered by the National Mall and Memorial Parks unit. The term National Mall commonly included areas that are officially part of West Potomac Constitution Gardens to the west and often is taken to refer to the entire area between the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S. Capital with the Washington Monument providing a division slightly west of the center. The National Mall receives approximately 24 million visitors each year.

22: National Air and Space Museum

23: National Air and Space Museum

24: Pocohantas


26: J A M E S T O W N


28: The Historic Powhatan Resort Surrounded by 256 woodland acres. The resort offers a variety of activities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, an outdoor pavilion and playground, and hiking and exercise trails. The plantation is called after the local American Indian tribe’s great ancestral Chief Powhatan, father of Pocahontas. The land became part of a land grant made by England’s King Charles I to Richard Eggleston in 1643. The great-granddaughter to Mr. Eggleston married the Italian, Richard Taliaferro, who then built the stately country home now known as the Powhatan Plantation Manor House.

29: The restored Manor House (circa 1735)

30: cannonball still in chimney wall of manor house | Fife and Drum | The Manor House

31: The grounds of Historic Powhatan Resort

33: Our 2 story 4 bedroom condo at the resort

34: Visitors Center

37: Nick in mirror | Inside the Governor's Palace

38: Inside the Governor's Palace

39: Palace Gardens | Bruton Parish Church

41: Duke of Gloucester Street

46: Mount Vernon Fairfax County, Virginia near Alexandria, VA built in 1757 Governing Body: Mount Vernon Ladies Association Washington expanded his Mount Vernon plantation. He increased the acreage from 2100 to 8000, rebuilt the farmhouse he inherited into a 2-1/2 story, 20 room Mansion, and designed and built all 12 outbuildings. He choose to abandon tobacco farming around 1765, ending his financial dependence on English agents to sell his tobacco and giving Mount Vernon greater freedom and self-sufficiency. His main crop became wheat, but he experimented with over 60 field crops. Fish from the Potomac was also an important source of food and cash. Washington was aware of the unfair treatment of slavery, his will freed the 122 slaves that were in his possession at the time of his death. He trained slaves as gardeners, shoemakers, carpenters and weavers to help prepare them for their freedom. He was able to solve the problem of having poor soil at Mount Vernon by starting a creative plan of crop rotation, switching crop type every year, and mulching, which made his farmland able to maintain its produce. He also introduced the mule to America in a successful effort to find an animal better suited to farm work than the horse. www.mountvernon.org

50: Mount Vernon

52: On the property around Mount Vernon | Washington's backyard | The Stables | Washington's Carriage

53: Washington's Tomb

54: Replica of Washington's 16-sided treading barn. In the mid-1760's he became one of the first large Virginia planters to switch his main cash crop from tobacco to wheat. The new barn was designed specifically for thrashing wheat. Work on the 16-sided barn began in 1792. It took 2 years for Washington's carpenters to finish the construction. | How the barn worked; traditionally wheat was threshed by hand. After harvesting, workers would undertake the slow and backbreaking process of beating the wheat with a flail to break the grain out of the straw. Alternatively wheat was sometimes "treaded out" or trampled by horses, on the ground. This second method was more efficient than the first, it had the disadvantage of being highly unsanitary - in that dirt and horse excrement would become mixed in with the grain. With both methods one and two, the grain would be exposed to the change of weather throughout the threshing process. So in order to operate more efficiently, reduce loss, and improve the quality of his grain, Washington decided to move the treading process indoors. | www.mountvernon.org

55: The woods in the Powhatan Resort

56: on our walk from the 'White House' to the 'Lincoln Memorial' | The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

57: Library of Congress | United States Capital | United States Supreme Court

58: Smithsonian Castle | Looking up the Washington Monument and touching the marble. | Nick sitting, a view of the Capital | A view of DC

59: Lincoln Memorial beyond the Reflecting Pool | Nick at the Lincoln Memorial | National Harbor | Washington Memorial, other side of reflecting pool | Granite Pillar at the National WWII Memorial

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