^^^We were lucky that the government shut down ended right as we got there. There were very few people at the museums, so we were able to see almost everything we wanted to see. This is from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, which was incredible.
^^^This was from the National World War II Memorial. Each golden star represents 100 Americans who died in the war, and there are 4,048 of them. The wall says, "Here we mark the price of freedom."
^^^Did you know this is actually the back of the White House? Crazy.
D's sister showed us around, and there were lots of other things I wish I had been able to capture with my camera. My absolute favorite was the Star-Spangled Banner in the National Museum of American History. It was huge and very beat up, but it's the flag that inspired the National Anthem. I couldn't believe we still had it, and that it was in such good shape, considering how old it is.
Also, I had never been back east before this trip, and now I can confidently say that I like it there. Granted, I haven't experienced the weather they are accustomed to, but I definitely had a great time with my in-laws.