Washington Monument- I’m quite enthralled with this building. The size is astonishing, especially for something built in the late 1800’s. Fun Fact: you can’t really tell in this photo, but the stone is actually different color almost halfway up. This is because they put construction on hold during the Civil War. Once they started working on it again, they had to use stone from another quarry. The photo above was early in the morning. It was quite a change in weather from the night before… blue skies and not a cloud in sight.
View from top of Washington Monument- as with most things in Washington D.C., it is free to go to the top of the Monument; however, you have to get up very early to get tickets. The ticket booth (located on 15th Street next to the Monument) opens at 8:30 am, but you won’t want to be in line any later than 7:00 am. Tours go every half hour, starting at 9 am and ending at 9:30 pm (during the summer). Once at the top, you’ll have the best view of Washington D.C. You’ll see quite a few different landmarks, but most notably- Lincoln Memorial (west), The White House (north), The United States Capital (east) and Jefferson Memorial (south). There is also a museum on the floor below the observation deck.
After the top of the Monument, I made my way to a couple different Smithsonian Museums. I went to both the Museum of American History and the Museum of Natural History. My favorite exhibit in the Museum of American History would have to be the Star-Spangled Banner Flag. Seeing that just made me so proud to be an American. The other exhibit I really liked was the “First Ladies Collection” where their most famous dresses are displayed. I really wanted to see Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz, but it was closed. The Museum of Natural History is home to the Hope Diamond. Now THAT is something you’ve got to see in real life to believe. It is absolutely stunning at a whopping 45 carats. This museum also has an ocean exhibit that is really cool. You could spend an entire day in each museum, but I wanted to see some things rather than nothing at all.
MXDC– thee BEST Mexican food I’ve ever had and definitely my favorite meal of the trip. I had already walked what seemed like 100 miles, so by the time lunch rolled around, I was starving. I ordered the traditional guacamole and carne asada tacos. Both were heaven on a plate. I could go on and on, but just go try it for yourself.
Crumbs & Whiskers– the cutest cat café located in Georgetown. You may be wondering- what on earth is a cat café? Ultimately, they act as a foster home to cats they receive from the shelter and people can go hang out and play with them. They do serve a few different drinks; have some books, games and obviously cats. I had found this place prior to leaving for D.C. and made a reservation online. You can go for 50 minutes at a time or extend your time if space allows. After a few days away from my fur babies, this was just what I needed. It is literally the cutest place I’ve ever been! The staff was great, the place was darling (and CLEAN) and the cats were adorable. Most of them were sleeping, but I wasn’t bothered because I know that cats require a lot of sleep 😉 I fell in love with Barrister Cottonbotton (and yes, that was her full name) and would’ve adopted her in a heartbeat had I only had more space…. I really wanted to go back here, but again, ran out of time. If you’re an animal lover, this is a fantastic break from the hustle and bustle of all of the “touristy” places.
Old Town Alexandria (Virginia)- this is about 45 minutes outside of Washington D.C. If you take the metro, they have a free shuttle down King Street located right next to the metro. Old Town is another charming town. The main street (King Street) is lined with different shops and restaurants. We ate at The Fish Market near the pier. On Wednesday nights they have a lobster special where you can get a pound and a half of lobster for only $20. This is what my mom got, but I opted for the jumbo lump crab cakes, which were fantastic! Yum! I would’ve loved to have spent more time here, but by the end of this day, my feet could not take me any farther.
I hope you enjoyed the 2nd day of this trip! I’ll have the last day up tomorrow, so make sure you come back. Halfway through the week, so make it a fAB one!