Disney to DC - Trip Review

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In three weeks we were able to see:

Four National Parks: 

  • Congaree- near Columbia, SC
  • Shenandoah- west of Washington, DC
  • Mammoth Caves- near Bowling Green, KY
  • Hot Springs- Arkansas, west of Little Rock

UNESCO World Heritage Site:  

  • Monticello- Toured Jefferson's home near Charlottesville, VA

Ocala, FL

  • Silver River State Park
  • Silver Springs Ecotourism park

Walt Disney World

  • Magic Kingdom- Jazy's birthday
  • Arabian Nights dinner show
  • Campground fun- singalong and outdoor movie "The Little Mermaid", biking

Kennedy Space Center: 

  • U.S. Space history- Tour at all four bus stops
  • Shuttle Launch Experience
  • IMax movie

St. Augustine

  • America's oldest city- tourmobile tour
  • Flagler University- saw on tour
  • America's oldest schoolhouse- bought wooden toys for gifts
  • Old Spanish Fort


  • Jamestown Settlement- first permanent English settlement in America in 1607
  • Jamestown Island- National Park Service museum, settlement recreation, archeaerium with skeletons, Pocahontas' statue 
  • Dinner with the Allens, wonderful Lazy Daze friends


  • Historic Battlefield and cannons
  • Yorktown Victory Center Museum and movie
  • Tour of Fort of soldiers from the Revolutionary war, surgical equipment, and musket firing- tour
  • Tour of Post-Revolutionary War homestead site
  • Historic Parkway drive
  • Bought location literature for the kids at the bookstore
  • Williamsburg:

    • Dinner at Shields Tavern
    • Walk (and drove!) through Historic Williamsburg Main Street
    • Historic Capitol Building- Watched live actors play a scene of lawmakers in the
    • Toured the church where George Washington and fellow famous early Americans discussed civic issues with the British Govenor

    Washington DC:

    • National Cathedral
    • Kennedy Center for Performing Arts- Tour
    • Bureau of Engraving and Printing $ - Tour
    • Supreme Court- Tour
    • Capitol Building - Tour
    • Senate Gallery - watched the Senate discuss the Stimulus Bill on the night it finally passed
    • Russell Senate Office Building- visited TX Senator Hutchison's office to get Senate passes- they were extremely helpful in touring Washington, in spite of being a loyal registered Democrat!
    • National Cathedral
    • National Zoo
    • National Monuments:  Washington, Lincoln
    • National Memorials:  Korean War, Vietnam Veterans, World War II
    • Arlington National Cemetery:  Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, gravesites of John F. Kennedy, Jackie K. Onassis, and Robert Kennedy
    • Smithsonian Museums:  The Castle main building, Air and Space Museum, Natural Science Museum, National History Museum

    We also visited with many family members who we haven't seen in over a year!


    • 3 sick kids with the stomach virus 
    • Cold Weather:  The snow in Williamsburg and 26 degree high temperature in DC were tough for Texans
    • Short Timeframe:  Who knew we could do so much in 3 weeks?!  But we planned the itinerary in advance, then cut things shorter than we wanted, but we got to do what was important to us.


    Mileage for Part III:  4105 miles

    Ciao Baby's Grand Tour Mileage - June 1 thru Feb 13:  28,000 miles

    Ciao Baby's Total Mileage since bought on May 14, 2007, just 21 months ago:  40,000 miles!




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