A bright sunny day for our trip into the capitol. Drove a few miles to the Orange Metro line at Vienna and cought the train to the centre. First stop, The White House. It,s even more impressive than on tv. Walked all arond the White House perimiter getting lots of pictures from each side. A short walk East takes us to the Washington monument. A very tall spire shaped monument with lift and viewing platform at the top, unfortunatly all the tickets had been sold for the day. A further walk to the WW1 war memorial at one end of the reflecting lake. An impressive monument with 50 columns representing the 50 states at that time. Also many water features and fountains add life and movement to this sombre monument. We then walk down beside the refleting lake to probably the most well known and most impressive monument, The Lincoln Memorial, with its many steps rising from the lake and with a gant statue of Lincoln himself sat inside the monument. We spent a little time sat on the steps looking up The National Mall, over the reflecting pool, to the Washington monument and on to The US Capitol building in the distance. So that we could see more of this great city we took an Orange Trolley Bus tour, taking in such sights as The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, The museum's, The Old Post Office, The US Court Hose and The Grand Union Station. We jumped off the trolley at the US Capitol building, where we had viewed fist from the Washington Monument. This is a very impressive building and one where you can't get too close. A stoll back down the Mall, stopping for coffee in the National Galary of Art Sculpture Garden. Next a visit to the National Museum of Natural History. Thousands of exibits from full size dinosaur replicas to every stuffed animal you could think of. A large display of gems and crystals and a large underwater section on life in the oceans of the world. We think this is where part of A Night at the Museum was filmed. Next, we cross the Mall to the Air and Space Museum where many full sized planes are on display both on the floor and hanging from the roof. A visit to the cockpit of a Boeing 747 and the bridge of an aircraft carrier were most interesting. A large section on space exploration with traing modules of lunar landing craft and a visit to a life size mock up of the space station. Leaving here at 7.30, closing time we walk back along the Mall to the Washington Monument, picking up a free concert on the way. By the thime we get to the monument, it's getting dark and the Capitol Building looks outstanding flooflit against the night sky. The Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial are also floodlit now and it was worth waiting to see these sights at night. We headed back to the White House to see this lit up and then back to the Metro station, not before stopping off at McDonalds on Pensylvania Avenue.What a fantastic day, probably the best yet, lots to see and do, and the weather was fantastic too.