Lincoln Memorial- I woke up extra early on this morning as I wanted to beat the crowds. I, along with only a couple others, seemed to have the same plan. This photo was right before 7 o’clock. The sun had just barely come up and was shining so brightly onto the Memorial. It was a beautiful, peaceful thing.
Smithsonian Castle- I ended up just walking past the Castle since it was still quite early and hadn’t opened yet. I was actually trying to waste some time prior to my tour at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Just like the Washington Monument, tickets are free, but you have to get there early in the morning to get them. Right across the street from the Castle is the Smithsonian Carousel. After I had walked around here for a bit, I headed to the Engraving and Printing tour. That was really cool- the tour was about 30 or so minutes and we saw each phase of how they print the money. They only print 800 million dollars a day… so, no big deal 😉 After that was over, I went and walked around the National Air and Space Museum. I didn’t have a lot of time to spend here, but I did see the original Wright Flyer and the moon rock.
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken– after already walking about 7 miles, I needed a snack. I had found this place in one of my magazines and knew I was going to have to give them a try. They are known for their crème brulee doughnut and OH MY GOODNESS it is delicious. I also picked up a peach vanilla, salted caramel and vanilla bean. I was so hungry that I was just devouring them as I walked down the street, not caring what anyone thought of me. Ha! They also have fried chicken, which smelled and looked fantastic, but I knew I was going to meet my mom for lunch. For lunch we went to a place called Roti. I would describe it as the Mediterranean version of Chipotle. You choose whether you want a sandwich, rice plate or salad and go from there. I ended up getting a chicken salad with just about everything on it… I tend to do that at new places 🙂
Arlington Cemetery- there are no words to describe the feeling you get when you come here. I am so very thankful that we have men and women willing to risk their lives in order for us to be free. The Cemetery is massive, so I would recommend doing one of the tours they offer. I didn’t know that prior to going, so I walked around for a bit and eventually made my way to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. I had gotten there just in time for the changing of the guard. This happens every hour, on the hour, while the Cemetery is open. The tomb is guarded 24/7 and has been for 67 years. The Kennedy Gravesite is also here, but I didn’t make it that far.
Capitol Hill- I reallllllly wanted to go inside of the United States Capitol, Library of Congress and visit the Botanical Garden, but we arrived just as they were closing. Just do you know, they close at 5:00 pm, so you’ll have to plan to go a bit earlier in the day. We still walked past them since they are beautiful buildings. The Capitol is currently under construction to repair cracks in the dome. I’ve also heard that the Library of Congress is one of the most beautiful buildings inside, but I guess I’ll have to go next time. After this, we went to dinner at Boundary Road. My mom and I must’ve still been full from lunch because we both wanted a salad with a side of fries. Well, when they brought the food out, our salads were small and our fries were large. Not that I was mad about it! 😉
D.C. at Dark- this was the only actual tour that we did while we were there. You can buy your tickets online or at Union Station. We did the City Sights DC Night Tour. They say to meet at Union Station at 7:00 pm, but I wouldn’t go until at least 7:30-7:45. You’ll want to be towards the back of the line so you can get on the second or third bus. The first ones that go head out when it’s still light out, which kinda defeats the purpose. We started just as the sun was going down and that made for some STUNNING views. They make stops at: FDR & Martin Luther King Jr. Memorials, Iwo Jima Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. They drive past: The Capitol, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, The White House… essentially everything that is important in D.C. Our tour guide was fabulous and very knowledgeable. I would definitely take a jacket as you are on the top deck of a bus, so it gets a bit chilly when the sun goes down.
There you have it, a breakdown of how I spent 3 full days in Washington D.C. I always like to get an idea of places I want to go before I go on vacation, so hopefully this helps y’all 🙂 Thanks for stopping by; have a fAB day!