Ahh the nations capitol.
We ended up coming to Washington DC three times during our stay. It was only about an hour from where we were staying in Maryland and my aunt works for the Capitol police.
The first time we went, we got to see the lunar eclipse. It was incredible and surreal seeing the eclipse with the backdrop of the Washington Monument. Watching the following sunrise over the Mall was breathtaking. We ended up doing a bit of sketching while we waited for the monuments and museums to open.
We hit as many museums as we could in two of the trips and the third was spent taking a private tour of the Capitol, courtesy of my aunt. We felt pretty special getting to go up on the steps where Obama gave his inaugural speech.