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  Union Station, National Mall, US Capitol Building, Capitol Reflecting Pool, Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

At the end of October 2005 we visited Washington DC. We were traveling with Ann's sister Linda, who had arranged this trip. We had beautiful weather, with sunny days and temperatures around 70 degrees. The fall foliage had just started changing colors when we arrived, so we got to see the colors intensify during the week we were there.
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Alberto & Ann's house Wheaton Metro Station escalator
We stayed at the beautiful home of Linda's friends Alberto & Ann. They used to live in California, and now live in Wheaton, Maryland (about 20 miles north of DC). Each morning we would walk to the nearby Wheaton Metro Station (located near the northern end of the Red Line), and ride into downtown Washington DC. This view looking back up the escalator shows how far underground the Metro Station was.
Washington DC Metro Union Station interior Washington DC Metro Union Station exterior, Freedom Bell
On our first day of sightseeing, we got off at Union Station. The station interior was beautiful, with marble floors and soaring ceilings. Outside Union Station we found the Freedom Bell, a replica of the Liberty Bell, that toured the country during the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration.
View of Capitol from Union Station Capitol steps
As we left Union Station, we were greeted by this view of the Capitol building. Here we are resting on the steps of the Capitol west side. The US flag is at half-mast because the casket of Rosa Parks had been on display in the Capitol Rotunda.
View of Capitol from west lawn Ulysses S Grant Memorial
Heading west towards the National Mall, we looked back at this view of the Capitol. As we reached the Capitol Reflecting Pool, we found the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial overlooking the National Mall.
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