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Yesterday was all about Alexandria and I told you we stayed there while actually visiting Washington DC. Alexandria is about 20 minutes to DC and way more affordable so I would highly suggest staying there or another suburb. We took the metro in one day and drove in another day and both modes of transport were ok. Driving wasn’t actually that bad!
The first thing we did in DC was tour the Library of Congress. I got the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Library of Congress and I can honestly say that this was one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. If you want a guided tour then you need to submit a request through one of your state’s representatives or senators and they can hook you up. You can also just show up and try to get tickets but if you as OCD as I am then it’s best to request in advance so you know you are guaranteed a tour.
I will quit rambling now and just show you the Library of Congress. Here is the outside…
Gorgeous, right?? And now we move to the inside. Speaking of the inside, in order to get into the Library of Congress (or pretty much any building in DC) we had to go through airport-like security. We got scanned and had to put our bags through X-ray equipment
so don’t be that crazy person that tries to sneak a weapon in.
And of course no trip to the Library of Congress would be complete without a selfie!!
My favorite part of the LC was actually seeing the part where you go check books out. This is the part that everyone has seen in movies…
Did you know that the Library of Congress was started when Thomas Jefferson’s entire library of books was purchased from him? His library of books contained everything from farming and literature to history and law. It was a very diverse collection he actually read every single book he owned and the LC still has all of those books on display!
It was hard to get a good pic of them because they are kept behind glass.
The Library of Congress also houses two of the most important books ever…the Gutenberg Bible and the Giant Bible of Mainz.
Have you ever visited the Library of Congress??
What was your favorite thing to see??