I suspect that the reason we buy souvenirs has to do with validating our travels. Being away from friends & family time after time can lead us to feel like a nomad. Even on vacations we want to remember, validate our time to the people we left behind. If we tweak our schedules to not missing a game or a recital, time keeps rolling, and souvenirs help remind us of other place and hopefully peaceful times.
We also buy souvenirs as gifts for family and friends that could not make the trip. Souvenirs also become great ice breakers. Someone notices you have a souvenir from Washington DC, and that reminds them of their journey, stories are exchanged and friendship starts.
How much are souvenirs in Washington DC and where can I buy them? -
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Let's review some history about the Washington DC Mall.
IT came into existence on July 16, 1790, Washington DC is as unique among American cities as any city in America, because it was established by the Constitution of the United States to serve as our nation’s capital.
General George Washington chose a site along the Potomac, and Anacostia Rivers came about from a compromise between Alexander Hamilton and the leaders of the northern states who wanted our new government to assume Revolutionary War debts, and the Southern States lead by Thomas Jefferson they wanted the capital placed in a location friendly to southern agricultural interests.
President George Washington, the first president who is the namesake of the city, chose the site and appointed three commissioners to help prepare for the arrival of the new government in 1800. Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the designer of this city, uses a bold new capital with sweeping boulevards, ceremonial spaces reminiscent of Paris, France. Benjamin Banneker, a self-taught African American, he is a mathematical genius, gave the astronomical calculations for surveying and laying out our city. The development of Washington as a monumental city was not realized for another 100 years.
It was the McMillan Commission that updated its plan to include the National Mall. It also designed the modern monuments that visitors to Washington know and recognize.
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Getting around Washington, D.C. - CAR? Bus? Metro? Or the easy hop on hop off pass from THE OLD TOWN TROLLY. They let you design your schedule. Visit all the iconic monuments, esteemed institutions, and moving memorials. Do this at your own pace, with more than 25 stops. Each stop has frequent departures keeping you moving and enjoying the nation's capital.
Saunter past the Smithsonian museums (there are about 11 of them) and catch a few photos of the Washington Monument. You can wave to our current president from the south lawn gates of the White House. You'll want to see Honest Abe's at the Lincoln Memorial. From the Lincoln Memorial jump on the Red Route trolley, it will cross over the Potomac River taking you to Arlington National Cemetery. This trolly will drive by by the Pentagon and John F. Kennedy's Gravesite. Take some time and see the tomb of the unknown soldier and watch the OLD Guard honor their fallen brothers. You will enjoy live tour commentary - stories and facts few people actually know about DC, and it's sited. Experienced guides can help you take advantage of an included map to help plan out your itinerary. Whether you want to visit specific stops along the route or just cruise around town the OLD TOWN TROLLY is the easiest pass around. They help you uncover D.C., visit the must-visit memorials, and see the can't-miss sights.
Arlington National Cemetery (take the Red Route Trolley) Red Route stops include: Arlington National Cemetery Lincoln Memorial
Our Blue Route Trolly include: Washington Welcome Center FDR Memorial The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier National Archives The White House US Capitol Lincoln Memorial Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Jefferson Memorial
Really? Guided Tour of the National Gallery of Art
YES YES YES - Fascinating understanding of the National Gallery of Art. This tour gets a 4.3 out of 5 stars on the Expedia website. You must visit the old National Gallery of Art, but this time you must take the tour. You'll never believe that you'll have this much fun. With your point guard, get a behind-the-scenes perspective of the world-class art institution—introducing you to a wide range of artist, impressionist pieces to pop art—spanning six blocks.
Your friendly guide, a passionate and energetic expert of the Art Gallery. Begin your exploration with a small-group, see the most interesting pieces while your guide fascinates you with the history of each piece - in a way you've never experienced before. You will laugh out loud, glean some juicy gossip and hear stories behind these stunning paintings.
In addition to picking up little-known and obscure facts about some renowned pieces or art, and about the collection and museum. This is sure to be of interest first-time visitors and local DC residences alike. Along the way, be sure to take a selfie with Monet's masterpieces "The Japanese Footbridge and Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers." or Auguste Renoir's charming "A Girl With a Watering Can,".
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