Travel on the Side


You could spend weeks touring the various Smithsonian Institution museums in Washington DC. We had 3 full days. What to do? We tried to fit in a few of the highlights based on our interests: National Air & Space Museum National Museum of American History National Museum of Natural History The Smithsonian Castle Hirshhorn Museum Most are located along the National Mall and all are free. Check the Smithsonian website as some… Read More

After spending the morning and part of the afternoon at The Newseum, we set out to see the monuments. We took the Metro to the L’Enfant Plaza station where we managed to get horribly turned around. Eventually we made our way down D Street/Maryland Avenue, past the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, over a pedestrian bridge, and then we were walking along the Tidal Basin towards the Jefferson Memorial. Our plan was to walk… Read More

The Newseum in Washington DC – dedicated to exhibits on the news media (print and digital) and the First Amendment – has been one of my more favorite recent museum experiences. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue near the Capitol, visitors at street level can view the daily front pages of newspapers of each of the 50 states and several foreign countries. Being from Wisconsin, one day we saw the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, and the… Read More

Back in the summer after snagging a cheap Southwest Airlines flight to DC, I still knew it would be hard to get tickets to tour the White House for our trip in October. Arriving on a Friday and leaving on a Monday night only left one possible day for a White House tour – Saturday – as no tours are conducted on Sundays and Mondays. Sure enough, when Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s office… Read More

Arguably one of the most beautiful buildings in Washington DC is the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson building, located across from the US Capitol and next to the Supreme Court. I was in Washington, DC for a short trip–I had been once in elementary school and once in high school–but neither time had I been to the Library. Now as a librarian, I had to rectify that with a visit! The Library… Read More