So... this post is over a month after our adventure, but I didn't want to leave it out of our summer travels across the U.S.
J and I left Seattle on August 1st and headed for Baltimore, MD. We were going across the country for a dear friend's wedding. We arrived about a week ahead of time though to explore D.C. We only had two days in D.C., and boy, did we make the most of them!
On the day we arrived, we checked into our Georgetown Suites and started exploring. We quickly figured out the subway system and headed toward the Smithsonian. We toured some of the artsy museums but those weren't really our cup of tea, but we ended up in the Natural History Museum which was pretty cool. I was really looking forward to the American History Museum as I teach U.S. History... but that was going to have to wait until the next day. Our feet were killing us from all the walking and the museums were closing. We headed back to our hotel and ordered some pizza and wings... nothing like a big helping of unhealthy food to get back the calories we burned that day!
The next morning, we decided to start with the monuments. We walked to the Lincoln Memorial, the WW2 Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, saw the Reflection Pool, went to the Pentagon (and quickly turned around as there really was nothing to see), went the Arlington Cemetary, did a tour through the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (very cool!), and spent hours exploring the three stories of the American History Museum. It was very neat to see a lot of the stuff that I teach about, I am personally loved all the First Lady's apparel. We stopped for a quick lunch at Chipotle in the middle of the day, and by the end of the day, we were both ready to call it quits. I am surprised we were about to walk back to the hotel. We ate dinner at a little Mediterranean resturant... it was a great but very full day.
The next day, we woke in D.C. and left to meet Ashley and David for the drive to Virginia for Ashley and Ross' wedding! More to come...