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by Amber Autumn
May 11, 2005
Did you know that in the Jefferson Memorial, when you find this elevator in a hidden hall that says "restrooms," there's a gift shop? A gift shop in the Jefferson Memorial? I didn't believe it either, but my mother and I explored into the elevator. There is an elevator that brings you to the top floor if you can't walk up the steps. The gift shop has T-shirts, postcards, and posters of other places around D.C. Jefferson stands in the middle, surrounded by a quote on top of the circular interior dome. I became dizzy after spinning around, reading the quote. Cherry blossoms line the Tidal Basin, where you can see the FDR Monument in the distance. If you ever visit the shop, you can impress people and say you bought a souvenir below Jefferson's feet.
From journal Sightseeing in the Nation's Capitol
Charlotte, North Carolina
January 12, 2005
You can always find national park employees around if you need any questions answered. There is a bookstore in the lower lobby. When I was here in 2003, there was construction work going on.
Outside the building you are greeted with a lovely view of the Potomac. You should also make sure to take pictures of the outside of this beautiful structure. Chances are, though, that there will always be hordes of visitors and school kids hanging along the steps, so it is next to impossible to get a picture without anyone in it. Oh, and be sure you watch for signs. My husband thought it was funny to let me sit under a sign that stated, "Restoration Work in Progress." So that is what my otherwise great picture had!
From journal Summer fun in D.C.