The Capitol & The Smithsonian Castle, Washington D.C., USA

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If my first day in D.C. was blessed with such a perfect weather, the next day was just the opposite.

Though as if aligning to what I have planned for the day, a rainy day in D.C. is best spent indoors, inside the Smithsonian museum complex plus a walking tour at The Capitol. This is also what makes D.C a great place to visit, anyone and everyone has an access to the nation’s valued and finest museums for free.
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My day started at the Capitol, for a walking tour inside America’s legislative branch of the government.

The free walking tour offered by The Capitol Visitor Center is an hour spend exploring the interior of the buildings and the many chambers used by generations of Congress members. Though much of the time of the tour was spent underneath the Dome explaining its significance, which was under restoration during my visit.
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Connected via an underground walkway from the Capitol is the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world and what might be one of the most beautiful interior I’ve ever seen.

I must say that being in the Library of Congress is a dream come true for someone like me who was fascinated by the Dewey Decimal System when I was a kid and worked in the library during my college years.
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The Wright Brothers’ flyer at The National Air Museum & Space Museum, Henry, the Elephant who guards the rotunda at the National Museum of Natural History, the Star-Spangled Banner at the National Museum of American History are some of the best example as to why the three mentioned museums are the most visited out of the 19 Smithsonian Museums.

Though, if you visit on a weekend, the museum experience might not be a pleasant one as crowd is expected, a mixture of the usual international visitor, local residence and kids on a school trip.
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After submerging myself to everything that The National Mall has to offer, I decided to spend the rest of the afternoon walking around U street and sampled the iconic Ben’s Chili bowl.
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On the last note, I think Washington D.C. metro station neoclassical architecture and ceiling vaults is very much deserving to be considered as one of America’s Favorite Architecture.
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2 thoughts on “The Capitol & The Smithsonian Castle, Washington D.C., USA

  1. We definitely haven’t been having the best weather in DC this month. I love your pictures- they capture all the beauty and culture that DC has to offer. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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