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Washington, DC The Nation’s capital, sits at the center of the region which is traversed by the Potomac River. The seat of the Nation's government provides visitors with some of the worlds most famous landmarks including the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, and a plethora of monuments, museums and other attractions at the core of the Washington, DC area..Let's get started and see where the USA Drifter Chevy happens to take us.

The National Seal
The front side

The reverse side

The District Of Columbia Flag

The Flag of the District of Columbia, (Washington, DC, USA) consisting of a white field with two red stripes, and having three red stars in the center, was adopted in 1938. It was designed by Arthur DuBoise, the chief of the U. S. Army Institute of Heraldry and is based upon the family coat-of-arms of George Washington. No changes have been made to this 60-year old design.

The Star Spangled Banner
Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines on the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion A home and a country should leave us no more? Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep's pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved homes and the war's desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust." And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Our Capitol

At the eastern end of the National Mall you can see the famous dome of our nation's capitol. The U.S. capitol is where the House of Representatives and the Senate both meet to make the laws of our nation. George Washington laid the cornerstone of the capitol building in 1793. The building used by Congress was rebuilt after British soldiers burnt it in 1814.

Capitol Dome Interior

The Hall Of Columns

The Hall of Columns is a dramatic, high-ceilinged corridor over 100 feet long. It runs along the North–South axis of the first floor of the House wing in the U.S. Capitol, directly beneath the Hall of the House of Representatives.This place is truly awe inspiring.

Pennsylvania Avenue At Night

The Capitol In The Winter

A Fireworks Display

A Summer View

Close-up Of The Dome

The White House

Construction on this hallowed residence began in 1792 and ended amongst much patriotic fanfare in 1800. Though never inhabited by George Washington himself, The White House was nevertheless conceived by the Father of Our Nation as a Holy Fortress from which to guard against the tyranny of "big government" and "social programs".

The Oval Office

The Oval Office is where the President does the business of the country--signing bills and Executive Orders and meeting with staff, visitors, and guests. The Oval Office changes with each Administration, as each President brings personal mementos and favorite furniture or artwork, and each makes selections from the White House art collection.

The Blue Room

The Blue Room has always been used as a reception room except for a brief period during the administration of John Adams when it served as the south entrance hall.

The Cabinet Room

The Cabinet includes the Vice President and, by law, the heads of 14 executive departments-the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, and the Attorney General. Under President George W. Bush, Cabinet-level rank also has been accorded to the Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency; Director, Office of Management and Budget; the Director, National Drug Control Policy; and the U.S. Trade Representative.

The East Wing

The East Wing, as it exists today, was added to the White House in 1942 and serves as office space for First Lady Laura Bush and her staff. The East Wing also includes the President's theater, the visitor's entrance, and the East Colonnade.

The West Wing

The history of the West Wing dates to the early years of the White House. President Thomas Jefferson, the first full-term occupant of the White House, proposed one-story extensions to the east and west to connect the President's house with adjacent office buildings.

Cherry Blossoms In DC

The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as gift of friendship to the United States from the people of Japan. In Japan the flowering cherry tree or "Sakura", as it is called by the Japanese people, is one of the most exalted flowering plants.

A Beautiful Sight

Come on Marcy and get in the car. There is a lot more to see.

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Some photos on the tour courtesy of Keith Stanley Pictures of Washington DC
© 2001 by Keith Stanley
Used by Permission