|On the following day we visited Hershey's Chocolate World
in Hershey, PA. We took a free tour of a simulated chocolate factory. They traced the
making of chocolate from the cacao trees in Central America to Hershey's kisses and
chocolate bars. There was a huge gift shop outside the tour with several restaurants and
every kind of Hershey's candy made.
chocolate tour we decided to load up the fifth wheel and head on down to Washington, DC.
We arrived at Aquia Pines Campground in Stafford, VA at about 11:00 that night. Next
morning we headed to the nearest Metro subway station. We first visited the National Air
and Space Museum, the most popular of the Smithsonian museums. It was very impressive with
the Wright brother's plane, Charles Lindbergh's plane, Amelia Earhart's plane and Apollo
11 (used on the first successful moon landing). There were many Soviet and American space
modules and rockets.
Next we moved on down to the Museum of American History
(our favorite, which we came back to the next day). I would recommend setting aside a full
day to appreciate this museum, which contains several floors, if you can fit into your
schedule. It is worth the time. Here, we saw old horse buggies and carts, bicycles from
the 1800's and up, old tractors, and farm equipment. Exhibits of special interest included
the earliest computers, a Presidential First Ladies display, and an old automobile and
railroad section. The automobile section was most interesting, with a Tucker car on
display. There were only about fifty-one made in 1948, and included many advanced features
such as rear helicopter designed engine, aerodynamic styling, and an additional headlight
in the front which moved as the car turned a corner. Also on display was the GM Sunracer
(a solar car), the Model T, steam engine powered cars, and Evel Kneivel memorabilia. The
railroad section contained steam engine-powered locomotives and trolley cars. We then
walked through the Vietnam War Memorial.
|Next, we walked down the mall and saw the U.S. Capitol and
the Washington Monument in the distance. It was being worked on, and was surrounded by
iron supports. Click here and the image shown to see
||We walked up to the Lincoln Memorial, and stopped in its
museum, and then on to the Korean War Memorial pictured here (click on image to enlarge).