This elephant greeted us in the lobby.
Check out this mummy! I am fascinated by all things Egyptian and wish there had been more things in this exhibit. I've been told I really need to check out the Egyptian museum in San Jose.
Our next stop was the National Museum of American History. Our teacher group met one of the museum's curators there, who guided us through an exhibit called, "Within these Walls..." It was interesting to learn about a partially reconstructed house from Massachusetts and the families that lived there over a period of 200 years but I will admit that I was disappointed- we were meeting with a curator- I was expecting to learn so much more! Afterwards, we were once again given free time. We lined up for "The Star Spangled Banner" exhibit where we got to see the flag that inspired the national anthem on display (no pictures were allowed). Our group got hungry at this point, so we didn't stick around to see anything else. There were still a few exhibits that I would've wanted to see. Next time!
After lunch at a cool Asian fusion restaurant called Teaism, we walked towards the U.S. Capitol. It would've been very interesting to see the inside, but this was as far as we got since tours have been booked solid through April.
After this time, we had to go meet our teacher group. We headed to dinner at the Old Ebbitt Grill. This grill was established in 1856 and presidents have dined there. I enjoyed a fantastic meal of Irish Oat-Crusted Salmon. Yummmmm... After dinner, we boarded the bus and headed to Charlottesville. Most of our traveling between towns took place in the evening and we checked into our hotel pretty late every night. With all the walking we did on this day, I was beat and quickly fell asleep. There is still so much to explore in Washington- I will definitely be back!