Here are the FREE sights we saw:
First stop, the Botanical Gardens. My favorite was the orchid room but the jungle was pretty cool too. It was a beautiful and fairly quiet place to start our morning after a Starbucks pit stop. There are also outdoor gardens with roses and other flowers but it was kind of a dreary day so we spent most of our time inside.
|Exhibit where you smell the spices from different food dishes...some were very stinky.|
|The jungle from above. See the cool tree bridge?|
Second stop: The National Museum of American History. After sneaking in a snack break we got to see lots of different exhibits. My favorite was the first lady dress collection. It was interesting to see the changes in fashion trends over time. There was also a very neat Lincoln exhibit but it got so crowded I had to get out of there before I could see everything.
|Michele Obama's inaugural ball dress, it was gorgeous!|
We then made our way via metro to the zoo! The rain held out and I was so excited to get to see the animals. My all time favorite animal as a kid was the panda bear. I have a collection of pandas at home but they aren't your typical zoo animal so I was so ecstatic when we finally found the two pandas in the panda house chowing down on bamboo. They just look so cute and cuddly!
It's really hard to believe that all the attractions we got to see were entirely free. Can't wait to move to this awesome city and explore some more. Overall a great day with good food and sights, and great friends!