Watch the Supreme Court in Action
Behind the stately marble facade of the Supreme Court building, the nation's nine, black be-gowned justices reveal intellectual brilliance and their own personalities as they listen to and question both sides of an argument. Is the famously silent Justice Thomas really silent? Is the famously aggressive Justice Scalia really so blunt? Only one way to find out: Wait in line for entry and a coveted seat inside the Courtroom.
View Washington Landmarks by Moonlight
There is nothing as spectacular as seeing the Lincoln Memorial illuminated at night, unless it's the sight of the White House, the Capitol, or the Washington Monument lit up after dark. Go by bus on Tourmobile, by bike via a Bike and Roll excursion, or by boat aboard a Potomac Riverboat Co. cruise; all three operations offer narrated day- and nighttime tours.
Visit Your Senator or House Representative
Take advantage of your constituent status and stop by your senator's and/or representative's office on Capitol Hill to offer your two cents on current issues. Pick up passes to the Capitol's Senate and House chambers and attend a session to observe your elected politicians at work. Make sure you've reserved Capitol tour passes online and tour the Capitol.
Bicycle Past the Potomac River and Around the Tidal Basin
Rent a bike and ride the paved bike/walking path that extends 11 miles from the Lincoln Memorial to the Maryland border (through Rock Creek Park). Or head the other direction from the Lincoln Memorial, following the combination of street, sidewalk, and pathway that encircles the Tidal Basin. The Potomac River, Rock Creek, and spectacular Washington sites are on either side of you as you make your way. For a really long bike ride, follow the pathway past the Lincoln Memorial, cross the Arlington Memorial Bridge to the trail on the other side, and pedal the 19 miles to Mount Vernon.
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