Happy Monday Everyone!
This week I’m bringing to the blog a little bit of a storytime/list style post all about the day I spent in Washington, D.C. last week! It was my first time there so I wanted to commemorate the great day with its very own story, so let me first say, if you were like me and have never been to D.C. (but live decently close), you should take the time to visit. I promise, it’s sooo worth it. I know that there are so many things to see and do, and yes, it can be a little overwhelming to choose with all of those options but I’m hoping that this post will shine some light on all of things you can accomplish in literally just seven hours, yes, seven. (:
So let’s jump right into it!
1. Ran a successful school sponsored trip to and from D.C.
For those of you that might not know, I work for my college’s Student Activities Office. So basically, I help event plan and one of the events that I took on happened to be a trip to D.C. (count how many times I type D.C. in one post)
So I sat on an executive coach bus for 2 1/2 hours both ways and had students arrive/leave 100% on time. How amazing is that?
2. Went to the Air and Space Museum
This was the first thing that I did once we were let off the bus. My boyfriend and I marched right on in and were lost in there for literally what felt like hours (and kind of was..)
It was so so cool though, and honestly, we didn’t even stop to get the full story on half of the stuff that was in there.
Seeing all of the space shuttles and air crafts that were within was amazing, and if I closed my eyes, I could imagine I was running around with Ben Stiller in Night at the Museum 2 (minus the fact that I didn’t know that the bobble head Albert Einsteins weren’t actually a part of the museum, but were just a souvenir)
Seth and I also took the time to go on the simulation rides, which I would also totally recommend. The line/wait time was not long and it was a nice break from all of the history to play around.
Overall, it was just so good, and I can’t wait to go back and visit again/see more of the Smithsonians.
3. Ate the best nachos, like, ever.
By the time we were done with the Air and Space Museum, obviously we were hungry. So we sat on the steps, eyed the rows of food trucks around, and tried to decide where to eat.
We settled on a British pub-style restaurant called ‘Elephant and Castle’.
Let me just preface this with, it was seriously amazing.
We ordered nachos and a burger to share and everything that came to our table was honestly so delicious.
Plus the atmosphere inside of the restaurant was really nice as well. They have a lot of seating (inside and out) and at lunch time it wasn’t super crowded or noisy. It was just right, and a nice break from all of the walking around/standing we had been doing before.
I would 10/10 recommend!
4. Took a million pictures of the Washington Monument (and thought all about Hamilton)
Does this really need more information?
I admired it both from afar and up close and I think I seriously snapped a picture of it like every 10 seconds (I wanted to make sure I got the perfect shot, I guess) and kept imagining Chris Jackson storming around the corner singing ‘We are outgunned.. etc, etc.’
But also on a more serious note, it was a really cool thing to see in person and I thought it was interesting that Seth pointed out that there are two different colors of stone making up the monument from when they stopped construction and started again.
5. Screamed at the Lincoln Memorial
I don’t even know why, but this was like the main attraction of my day. I guess I’ve just always dreamed about seeing it in real life and just how big it actually would be, so as we approached the steps leading up to it, I was pretty much overjoyed.
I don’t know if it’s worth mentioning but I a.) took a million pictures here too and b.) didn’t know you couldn’t actually TOUCH Abe.
Needless to say, I was a little bummed but the pictures are evidence enough that I really didn’t care THAT much (:
It was probably my favorite part of the day (and a massive thank you to Sethy for his patience).
It’s also so wonderful because you can look out at the Reflection Pond from the steps and despite all the people that are around, it just feels serene and beautiful and I really loved it!
6. Walked through the Vietnam Memorial
On our way back to the streets, we wandered through this memorial. It was a really heavy and serious memorial to walk through in comparison to everything else we had done that day, but it might have been my second favorite part of the day.
The walls are COVERED in names, and I’ll be honest, I don’t really know a lot about history, and it was a really humbling experience. Almost comparable to when I have visited the 9/11 memorial in NYC.
There were also staff around helping families who wanted a pencil rubbing of the name of someone they had lost, which I thought was also a very sweet but sobering touch.
It was a beautiful memorial in remembrance of all of those who fought and definitely something I would recommend even you just walk through if you are passing.
7. Finished the day with a Mint Chocolate Chip Waffle Cone
Yes, mentioning the waffle cone was VERY necessary. To finish out the day Seth and I had really wanted something sweet and something that we could take back with us for either bus ride home or even the next day. And so he found a cookie and ice cream place called
It was a really cute and unique little shop and we both opted for an ice cream cone and some cookies for take-away. It was delicious and refreshing as the day was a nice one and began to get a little warm towards the end.
Also, for those that care, the ice cream was white mint choc. chip.. to me? It matters. It’s the only kind I’ll eat (:
And so that was pretty much the gist of our day in the city. There is so much that we ‘missed out’ on, but for only 7 hours, we covered a lot of ground and I would say it was a total success!
Like I said, if you get the chance to go, do it. Most everything is free and you’ll be able to say you got to see some of the most famous monuments in real time.
I’ll also include a few pictures of my outfit that day! The dress I though would be comfy and autumnal, and paired with navy boots and a jacket, I thought it turned out to be really cute! It was perfect for a day of walking around and being outside (:
But anyways, I hope you enjoyed this little story time and..
Until next time,