Busy day started with a tour of the Capitol Building and our first encounter with Aussies in DC after seeing loads in NYC. We went through the Old Senate, House of Representatives and US Supreme Court, along with the Rotunda. We then went to the Library of Congress and spent some time looking at all the old books and things they have on display.
We then headed to the first Smithsonian, the Botanic Gardens. They have an amazing guy on staff there who makes miniature replicas to scale of all the important buildings in DC - the Capitol, White House, Supreme Court Buildings and others - out of bits of plants (bark, sticks, leaves, nuts). They also have a special train exhibit for Christmas and this had international buildings, including the Eiffel Tower, Giza Pyramid and Macchu Pichu. The detail is amazing and the accuracy of it all. They had trains running around the international ones. They didn't have many plants from Australia.
We walked along the Mall to the National Museum of the American Indian, where we had a late lunch before having a look through some of the exhibits. They have a very interesting building and have set it up to not only look at the history of the American Indians, but also how they live today.
Emma stayed for longer at this museum and Brianna and I headed to the National Air and Space Museum, where they are rockets and planes on display. I made a paper plane at a workshop and was the last adult standing in the flying competition, but one of the kids won. We looked inside a spaceship and how they would have to live with no gravity. We stayed till closing and then headed back to the hotel for an early night.