Still on the topic of the Washington Monument, probably one of the coolest things we did while the sister was here was taking a trip up inside the monument and getting a stunning view of DC from above. Getting a glimpse like this was worth the wait in line under the glaring sun and all the security procedures.

Any visitor to this fascinating city should make sure to take a trip up top to see the view! Did I mention that it was “gratis,” as are the majority of other attractions in this diplomatic city? Neat, no! Here is a picture from on high. Admittedly, it is not as great a shot as it could be because it had to be taken through a thick glass window, reducing the quality. [That is a plane passing by up top] Ah well, at least it gives a general idea.