Washington DC Travel Guide

Hi fellow readers! Thought I’d introduce to you my favorites from our capitol DC today. Such an iconic city enriched with so much history. Love this country I live in and our patriotic pride. Check out my recommendations below, Happy travels friends.

SIGHTS

The Smithsonian Museums:

American History Museum (First lady’s china sets/dresses, Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown, Theodore Roosevelt Teddy Bear, Wizard of Oz ruby slippers, star spangled banner gallery)

Natural History Museum (Hope diamond necklace, rotunda superdome)

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Smithsonian Castle

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National Portrait Gallery

Tour of the White House (oval office, resolute desk)

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President’s Guest House – Blair House

Capitol Building/Capitol Hill (house/senate galleries, monumental canopy frieze under dome)

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The Supreme Court Building (Old Senate Chamber, can buy a gavel at the souvenir shop, great hall, grand corridor, courtroom lecture, john marshall statue) *Front of building was being refurbished when we went*

National Mall:

Lincoln Memorial/Reflecting Pool (Martin Luther King I had a Dream Speech spot)

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Jefferson Memorial/Tidal Basin (can rent paddle boats)

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National World War II Memorial (absolutely beautiful)

Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial

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Holocaust Museum (very depressing)

FDR Monument

Georgetown University (cute college town, lots of shopping, expensive row houses neighborhoods, Healy building, red bus circulator)

National Archives (Declaration of Independence, Magna Carta, US Constitution, Bill of Rights, emancipation proclamation)

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Washington Monument (Climb to the top) *They were rebuilding this when we went*

Library of Congress (Jefferson’s books, do the tour so cool, Gutenberg and mainz bibles)

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Newseum (Berlin wall pieces, World trade tower fragments, Pulitzer price gallery)

George Washington University (cute college town, lots of eateries)/John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts (shows, beautiful view of the Potomac)

Ford’s Theatre & Museum/Petersen Boarding House (Lincoln’s assassination site)

Washington Navy Yard/Nationals Park (Washington Nationals MLB game)

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Washington National Cathedral

George Washington’s House Mt. Vernon (beautiful house & grounds, burial site, sit on back porch and watch the Potomac)

Union Station (kind of like their version of Grand Central in NYC)

Pentagon (can tour, far from metro stop) See below in the distance from Arlington

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Arlington National Cemetery (Kennedy’s gravesite & eternal flame, Arlington House, Iwo Jima statue, changing of the guard/tomb of the Unknown Soldier)

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US Botanic Garden (super beautiful)

Bureau of Engraving and Printing (do the tour to learn about how they make money, super fascinating, can buy shredded bags of money as souvenirs afterwards)

Department of Treasury

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Embassy row (cool to see all the different country flags)

George Washington masonic memorial

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Gadsby’s tavern museum

Monticello Jefferson’s home

Tudor place

Old Post Office

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EATS

Georgetown Cupcakes

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Founding Farmers (Georgetown, soooooo good! Must go to this one)

Good Stuff Eatery (On the hill, burgers & shakes)

We the Pizza (On the hill, pizza & homemade sodas)

Firehook Bakery (On the hill, Paninis and soups, cookies)

Sweet Green (On the hill, healthy salads)

7th Hill Pizza (On the hill, authentic Italian pizza, Nutella calzone)

Ted’s Bulletin (On the hill, old fashion diner)

La Madeleine (Georgetown, French cuisine, crepes, baguette sandwiches)

J. Paul’s (Georgetown, restaurant)

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Baked & Wired (Georgetown, cupcake competitor of Georgetown cupcakes)

Café Bonaparte (great crepes)

2 amys pizza (Tenleytown, authentic Italian pizza)

Afterwords (dupont circle, in kramer’s bookstore, cute little café)

Pasta Mia (Adams Morgan, amazing pasta, cash only)

Ben’s Chili Bowl (U Street)

RANDOM NOTES

Use the metro transit system (get a weekly pass card)

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Go to the Smithsonian’s earlier in the day if you want to avoid the crowds

If you have time visit the Lincoln & Jefferson Memorial both at day & night (amazing different experiences/fireflies come out at night and everything is lit)

Pentagon City stop on Metro has a large mall

Can take the metro to do side trips easily to Boston, Baltimore, Philly, etc.

Alexandria Virginia [One of my favorite places on my trip] is a stop at the end of the blue line on the metro and is the most gorgeous waterfront town with amazing restaurants, darling cafes, art galleries and shops on King’s street, lots of character and charm with the brick and cobblestone—trolley rides are free (Chadwick’s was my favorite restaurant=amazing!, Old Fashioned Pop’s Ice Cream Company)

Hotel in Alexandria Virginia – Embassy Suites Old Town (super close to metro; beautiful rooms)

There you have it! Enjoy our nation’s capitol and all of its beauty!

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