I had trouble sleeping. The bed was so hard. I think I finally got out of bed and called my mom for a bit. While I was on the phone with her I had the idea to check out the free breakfast downstairs. After I got off the phone with her I went to check it out. I had a bagel and a muffin and some juice. I overheard a guy telling a couple who was visiting DC not to even try to park at the Vienna Fairfax station to take the Metro. There will not be any parking this time of day. He told them to go to East Falls Church or West Falls Church. I texted Dad what he had said.
We got stuck in traffic on the highway. Our GPS told us to get off at the Vienna Fairfax exit because of the traffic jam. We got off just to see what the parking lot was like at Vienna Fairfax station. It was full. We got stuck in more traffic. We finally made it to a station and parked.
We got off the Metro at the Smithsonian station. We went up the escalators and by the exit a lady was handing out Washington DC maps. We came out the exit and it was an amazing sight. If you looked to your left you saw the Washington Monument and if you looked to the right you saw The Capital. I had fun taking pictures.
Going to see the White House was so amazing. I stood on front and just looked at it for a while. I put the camera through the black fence and took several photos. Three tourists asked me to take their photo in front of it. Dad took my photo in front of it too. I would have stayed there longer but there was a guy talking on a megaphone and another guy singing at the top of his lungs.
We weren’t really sure where to eat. Dad didn’t want to try any of the places my brother mentioned. We found a food court that had some pizza. It was really good. After we ate lunch we went to the National Museum of American History and the National Air and Space Museum.
I would say if you are in DC and you don’t have much time. Go to the National Mall. It is even more impressive if you do what we did. Take the Metro and get off at the Smithsonian station so when you come up the escalators you will have a view like I did. It was amazing.