by Laura Zwicker
One of the greatest pleasures and privileges of being a visitor in Washington, DC is taking advantage of all the wonderful sightseeing opportunities available here — all for free!
There are publicly available docent led tours of all major governmental buildings as well as an impressive museum collection. I have been fortunate enough to visit the Supreme Court of the United States, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, as well as a behind the scenes look at Capitol Hill led by my good friend Dane Cruz who is interning with Senator Dianne Feinstein this summer.
See below for pictures of my adventures!
The Inaugural Steps
Center of Capitol Hill (in “the crypt”)
Paul Ryan’s Offices (the closest security would let me get!)
Senate Offices (upstairs)
Senate Underground Tunnels
Supreme Court of the United States
Future Seat of Chief Justice Zwicker???
Library of Congress
Main Reading Room
Astronomy Art in the Science Wing
Wisdom from the Library of Congress…
Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
Cockpit of Boeing 747
Space Shuttle Spacelab
Touch Model of the Big Bang
“Failure Is Not An Option”
This last exhibit was a real treat! Sally Ride is the first American woman to ever go into space (as well as the youngest American astronaut ever to go into space), and she is also the daughter of Dale Ride, former political science professor at Santa Monica College and the reason I am here in DC right now!
These tours and experiences gave me great insight into the different opportunities that are available to me going forward in life, but each path is exciting and enticing in their owns ways. I want to do it all!