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Thanksgiving in Washington, DC Day Three: Museum of Natural History, Museum of the American Indian, Hard Rock Cafe

We gave ourselves permission to sleep in on Thanksgiving Day. The Smithsonian Museums were open, but the independently run tour companies and certain sites were not. This is why we pushed ourselves so hard with the Monuments By Moonlight tour the night before.

We made it to the Museum of Natural History about mid-morning. So did half of DC. It was cold and rainy and it feels like all of the city's tourists had the same idea.

Where do I even begin? The Museum of Natural History uses its exhibits, interactive stations, and videos to tell the story of the story of Earth. No easy feat when you're talking about billions of years. We spent half a day here and only scratched the surface. Our favorite exhibits were the fossils, the Hope Diamond, and mummified remains of a noble, peasant, and child.

On our Monuments By Moonlight Tour, Steve mentioned the Museum of the American Indian was one of
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Thanksgiving in Washington, DC Day Two: White House Visitor's Center, African American Museum of History and Culture, Smithsonian Castle, National Air & Space Museum, United States botanic Garden, Monuments By Moonlight

We hit the ground running on the morning of Day Two. We passed Old Ebbitt Grill - the oldest saloon in DC. Blinky could not resist posing with its larger-than-life Nutcrackers.

We made a beeline for the South Lawn of the White House. The weather did little to deter tourists but we were able to take a few memorable photos.

Directly across the South Lawn is the National Christmas Tree which was still being set up. In the background, it's hard to miss ubiquitous Washington Monument.

At the White House Visitor's Center, we learned about the history, architecture, and inhabitants of the White House. There were a few interactive exhibits and approximately 100 artifacts on display including jewelry and china. At the very back the video White House: Reflections From Within played on a loop. The Center belongs to the National Park Service so we were able to get our passports stamped And of course, I found an ornament to add to our collection.

Our next stop was the African American Mus…