|Today, we did our tour of the monuments with Free DC Tours by Foot. We met up near the Washington Memorial and our guide, Deven, told us some background on the monument as well as the White House and the Jefferson Memorial, from a distance. From here, we headed over to the WWII Memorial. Deven told us some background on the memorial and then we had a chance to look around. He also gave us a mission... to look for "Kilroy", a graffiti placed by veterans. From here, we continued along the mall past Constitution Gardens to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Our next spot was the Lincoln Memorial. The Reflecting Pool was under construction, but we could see the Washington Monument and Capitol from a distance. Our next stop was the Korean War Memorial with another hidden secret. There is a German Shepard in the wall, honoring the dogs who helped find land mines during the war. Sandy and I ran over to get a quick bite to eat for lunch, then headed over to the MLK Memorial. The cherry blossom bloom, unfortunately peaked last week and there weren't many blooms around the tidal basin. I managed to find the few with remaining blooms and get a picture or two. Then we headed to the FDR Memorial and walked around to see the different displays here. These displays included a bread line, fireside radio chats, and a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt, along with several waterfalls. Then finally, we headed to the Jefferson Memorial where the walking tour concluded. We walked around this memorial then departed from the group and finished up around the Tidal Basin and then back to the National Mall to visit the museums. Our first stop was the Freer Gallery of Art. This museum has beautiful exhibits of Asian art, including a special exhibition of Hokusia - 36 Views of Mount Fuji. Then we went to the Natural History museum and saw the first floor exhibits, including the fossils, sea life, and mammals. By the time we finished here, the museums were beginning to close and it was getting later so we headed up to 7th Street and had sushi for dinner before heading back to the hotel.