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Day 2: DC Hop on / Hop off bus + Capitol tour

After we left the Bureau of Engraving, we had no clue what to do.  First, it was cold outside, and Second, we had a few group members who couldn’t do a lot of walking. As if reading our mind, a hop on/ hop off bus appeared, and we tried yelling “How much is a tour?”.  The guy motioned us to jay walk (which we did, just as the police drove by), and he said “hop on, I’ll tell you more later”.

Our driver, Patrick, pulled over at the next stop, near the Jefferson Memorial, and told us that a 1-day tour with unlimited access was $48.  We decided to go ahead and take the tour, not realizing the upstairs part of the bus was COVERED!! How lucky was that?

So for the next 2 hours (perhaps longer) we went around in 2 circles taking pictures of Washington monuments from the top of a covered double decker tour bus.

Thank you, Patrick for stopping!!

Tour brochure

Its covered!!
view of the WWII memorial from the bus

View from the bus

At 2:00, we had to be at the office of our Representative, Ed Royce, which was located at the Rayburn House Building, near the Capitol.  We were across town and took an Uber car to the building, and arrived at 2:00.  The Rayburn building was not easy to navigate, as there’s signs and long corridors.  We finally found Mr. Royce’s office on the 3rd floor, and his staff member said they’ll escort us to the Capitol, but we had to leave our coats and large bags in their office

Ed Royce is in suite 2310 on the 3rd Floor

These corridors go on forever!

Found it!

Staff member Paige, took us underground, walking under Independence Avenue to the Capitol Visitor’s Center for the tour.

Pretty cool walking underneath the city!

Our tour ticket!

Entering the old Supreme Court Chamber

The dome was under rennovation

The tour was about an hour and a half.  When we were finished, I called Paige to escort us back to Mr. Royce’s office to collect our belongings.  While at his office, Paige took a group photo of us inside his actual office.  What a day… and up next, our game versus the Capitals!

Categories: Travel, Washington DC