Day 2 Update - June 9, 2016

posted Jun 9, 2016, 5:32 PM by Ralph Gallo
Day two is in the books and we lucked out with another beautiful day.  While most of today's tour was indoors, we still managed to get plenty of sun (and just as much walking as yesterday) in.

After breakfast at the hotel, we headed to the FDR Memorial and Jefferson Memorial.  Following our tour of these sites, we visited the United States Holocaust Museum for two powerful exhibits - "Daniel's Story" and "Some Were Neighbors".

When it was time for lunch, we hit the L`Enfant Plaza Food Court, where we had several dining options to choose from.  

Then, we were off to NJ Representative Scott Garret's office to meet his staff and receive a behind-the-scenes tour from two of his interns.

We made history today as part of the largest population of tourists in the U.S. Capitol building in one day (approximately 11,000!), but still managed to have a great educational experience.  After seeing the building's historical artifacts, rooms, and statues, we were able to sit in the gallery to observe the House of Representatives in session.  The bill being discussed dealt with providing economic relief to Puerto Rico and was very interesting to witness in person.

After leaving the Capitol, we walked around the outside of the Library of Congress and Supreme Court buildings before dinner at Au Bon Pain.

There was time for some post-dinner souvenir shopping and then it was back on the bus for our trip back to the hotel.

You can see all of today's photos online at

Tomorrow, we will visit the outside of the White House before touring the Smithsonian.  After that, we'll be heading home.  We anticipate an arrival time of 7-8pm and will keep you updated with an actual time from the road.

Have a great night...  See you tomorrow!

-Mr. Gallo