Something to do while we were awaiting a luncheon date, but this Capital visit was more interesting than we expected it to be. Different guided tours are available free of charge hourly, but our time schedule did not allow for this. We were carrying some bags that would not clear the security clearance, so we decided to not even go inside far enough to see the capital dome. the need for security is obvious, but this was unfortunate. Outside, the dome was undergoing some renovations.
There is a HUGE homeless population problem on the capital grounds. They gather in groups and one must walk among them to travel across the 'Mall'. Had I been alone, their presence would have made this tour impossible for me. It's best to avoid them when they come looking for 'donations'. We found this problem to be quite common in Denver and unfortunate.
The grounds are pretty, although this was a windy December day and things were dry and brown. They are laid out similar to Washington DC. The 13th Step up to the Capital doors is marked for elevation so that's where the moniker The Mile-High City' comes from.
We enjoyed the walk across the Mall (again, except for the homeless) and the copies of the Liberty Bell, the Washington Monument, and the Civil War Veterans Memorial.
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