Three Days in Washington DC – what to see and do in the Nation’s Capitol.
At the beginning of April, we took a trip to Washington DC. We haven’t been to DC in AGES, so we were excited for the trip. We spent 4 nights in town and did our best to make the most of our time. We stopped at all the major tourist spots and even got a special behind-the-scenes tour of Congress!
Private Tour of Congress
We were lucky enough to get a private tour of the Capitol from Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi.
One of my dearest friends sister-in-law works for the Senator and hooked us up with a tour.
We met at Senator Cochran’s office and one of his interns took us on the tour.
We got to use the underground train to go from the Dirksen Senate building to the Capitol building.
SO STINKING COOL!
This is the view we had when we were walking underground to the Capitol.
I LOVE the Capitol Rotunda.
See George Washington flanked by two beautiful ladies?
We walked past the Speaker of The House office.
The National Statuary Hall is one of my favorite parts of the Capitol tour.
There is a spot in the hall where you can whisper and it can be hear perfectly from another spot.
It is CRAZY!
We stopped into The Old Senate Chamber.
It was the legislative chamber of the United States Senate from 1810 to 1859.
The chamber is today used occasionally for ceremonial functions. Special meetings between Senators or dignitaries as well as speeches have been given there.
Senator Cochran is the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
We were lucky enough to get to go inside the Appropriations room.
OMG! SO pretty!
Every Senator on the committee has their name engraved in front of their chair.
After our tour we went outside to see the Capitol.
They were holding the vote for the new Supreme Court Justice.
Vice President Pence was inside.
Remember the view of the Capitol from the underground tunnels?
Well, here it is from above ground.
We walked across the street to see The Supreme Court.
It was very quiet despite the vote across the street.
The Jefferson Building – Library of Congress
The Jefferson Building of The Library of Congress is one of the most beautiful buildings in Washington DC.
I love a beautiful ceiling and there were plenty of them in the Jefferson Building!
It is the oldest of the three United States Library of Congress buildings.
It was built between 1890 and 1897.
The art inside the building is amazing.
More than fifty American painters and sculptors produced commissioned works of art for the building.
The Main Reading Room – we couldn’t go inside the room.