A Week in Washington, D.C.

I have finally gotten around to writing about my D.C. trip from a few weeks ago. I wanted to get this post up right after I got back, but this time of year is always busy for me, so I’m writing about it now. Sorry. Just pretend that I haven’t been back for almost two weeks.

On this particular trip, I was in D.C. for a full week visiting with some friends from college. We, of course, did all the usual touristy stuff…went to a lot of the museums (most of them are free!!!), visited various monuments, strolled around a few of the cute, little neighborhoods, and went to a few other places of interest, namely the National Zoo and the United States Botanic Garden. Just your basic D.C. stuff.

White House

Washington Monument as seen from the Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

The Hope Diamond at the National Museum of Natural History

Modern art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery

Air and Space Museum

Dorothy’s ruby slippers at the National Museum of American History

Cute houses in the Capitol Hill neighborhood

United States Botanic Garden

Panda at the National Zoo

I had done a lot of those things last fall for my when I went to D.C. for the first time, but I was more than happy to do them again. I’m always up for museums and monuments. #nerdalert

Anyway, since I was there for a week, I had plenty of time to do a lot of things that I didn’t get to do last fall. One my of favorite new things that I did was visit Ford’s Theatre.

Ford’s Theatre

Box where Lincoln was shot

The boarding house across the street from Ford’s Theatre where Lincoln died

For some reason, I didn’t realize the theatre where Lincoln got shot was actually in the middle of Washington, D.C. In my head, it was always on the outskirts of the city. Maybe at the time it was in the middle of nowhere. I don’t know. Regardless of my misconceptions, it was a fascinating tour and we even got to go into the house and see the room where he died.

We also visited the National Archives which is something I have always really wanted to do. Because seeing the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights is something every American should probably do in their lifetime. Along with watching National Treasure beforehand. Inevitably, the guards in the National Archives Rotunda room will make a joke about Nicolas Cage stealing the Declaration of Independence and everyone will laugh halfheartedly. Let’s be honest though…I would be pretty disappointed if I went to see the Declaration of Independence and didn’t hear at least one Nicolas Cage joke/reference/snub. Luckily, I was not disappointed because I heard the same Nic Cage joke from two different guards. It was a great day.

The other thing that I was really excited about doing was taking a tour of the U.S. Capitol. (Hint: Set up tours through your state representative’s office instead of doing the public tours through the visitor’s center. The tour groups are smaller and you probably get a better overall tour anyway.)

U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol Rotunda

Old Senate Chamber

National Statuary Hall

We saw the Crypt, the Rotunda, the National Statuary Hall, and the Old Senate Chamber. After our official tour ended, we were also able to go into the House Chamber and Senate Chamber. There really wasn’t all that much to see since they were just big empty rooms at the time, but I’m glad we took the time to see them. Just to say we did.

Along with all the cultural goodness that we were doing, I will say that a good part of our time in D.C. was spent eating and drinking. Which are some of my favorite things to do.

Cheers to Happy Hour!

The weather was really beautiful most of the week, so we made sure to take full advantage of that by frequenting a few of D.C.’s rooftop bars. (And by a few, I mean five and a half.) What made the rooftop bars even better were the happy hour specials that often accompanied them. Unbeatable views and great drink deals…it doesn’t get much better than that.

View from POV rooftop bar at the W Hotel

Reunited

The rest of the time we spent just kind of walking around the city exploring different neighborhoods (Georgetown, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Arlington). We did food trucks for lunch one day, did a lot of walking and metro riding (they have one of the best and easiest metro systems EVER), spent a lot of time hanging out at home, and had a good, old-fashioned Bridget Jones movie marathon. Pretty much a perfect spring vacation.

Fortunately, there is still so much that I haven’t done in D.C., which gives me an excuse to go back again soon! Next on my Washington, D.C. bucket list: see the cherry blossoms and take a river boat cruise down the Potomac. Not to mention the many museums I have yet to visit. Until next time…

Hope you enjoyed my adventures in Washington, D.C.! Have a good Cinco de Mayo!

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Special thanks to my friends, Brett and Jim, for being such gracious hosts and providing us with such wonderful lodging and food!

Also thanks to my friend, Lindsay, for being an exceptional tourist buddy and putting up with all of my nerdiness.

Finally, I would like to thank my friend, Cassy, for providing us with delicious meals, especially our lovely Easter brunch.

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