Last weekend, I ended up taking an impromptu trip to Washington, DC. I’ve always wanted to visit DC and actually added it to my 101 in 1001 (#88). One of my friends lives down there, so it was the perfect chance to not only visit but also get to see the city! I’m super excited that I took my weekend off and went. Not only did I get to see the typical tourist attractions (The Capitol Building, Washington Monument, the Smithsonians, White House, and Cherry Blossom Fest) but I also got to enjoy a gorgeous 80 degree weekend in the company of a good friend! Perfect!
We started the day off by visiting the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. It was pretty interesting to see so many things within such a small space. It really brought back memories of Space Camp when I was little and a recent trip to Huntsville, AL.
After that, we headed over to the Capital Building which was absolutely gorgeous last weekend! There were a ton of people in the area (including a graduation of some sort?). Once I got a few photos there, we headed to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History because the little kid in me really wanted to see the dinosaurs! I was amazed at how small (yes, SMALL) the T-rex was! I mean, I still wouldn’t have messed with the guy… But yea, that was definitely a fun place! After that, we did a lot of walking… My main tip about DC? If you don’t enjoy a good hick to sight see then it’s not the trip for you! Luckily my trusty Toms were perfect and I felt fine afterwards (minus the lovely Tom’s tan I already have – in March! Yikes!) Anyways, I snapped a few photos during our walk to the Washington Monument! I’m pretty happy with how the photos came out. It was extremely hot (and apparently humid out) so most of my photos came out a little hazy!
Once we finally made our way to the Washington Monument, I got a good view of how far we walked! What a hike, but definitely worth it! I also got a good look at the Lincoln Memorial but we decided that time really did not permit to go there which I was fine with. There’s always next time!
After the Washington Monument, we decided to stop by the White House since I’d never seen it before and on our way over we found a gorgeous patch of cherry blossoms! It was probably one of more beautiful things I saw all day. Yes, I know I was around some amazing history and architecture but look at the canopy! And to add to the lovely scenery, there were dozens of people under the trees just relaxing, picnicking and enjoying the day.
Our last stop was the White House! I’ve always heard that it’s super small compare to what you see on tv and that’s not a joke! It’s a pretty average house actually! I guess when you live in a world like ours today, this large house (when it was built) looks like a pathetic building compared to some of the celebrity homes you see! Anyways, it was a beautiful building plus the history of it alone is amazing. The White House was really the last of the DC attractions we went to. After that we ended up going to a little pizzeria a few blocks away, UpperCrust Pizza. It was a tiny little place but the pizza was amazing and their service was great! We decided to duck in for a quick dinner and a drink (after all it was St. Patrick’s Day) and ended up staying for hours and having a fair share of drinks! Overall, it was a great trip and I definitely can’t wait to get down there again!
(Full set of photos available at Vanessa Reed Photography)