Hi babes! So recently I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. and let me tell you, it was totally amazing! Below is a list of the things that I think are a must-do when you travel there.
1. Visit the monuments and important buildings
This one is a given! We went to the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Vietnam War Memorial. We also went to the Library Of Congress! If I could only choose a few see again then I would go see the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the Library Of Congress.
2. Visit the museums
Surprisingly the Smithsonian Museums are not that big… Night At The Museum is very misleading, lol. We went to the Air and Space Museum, the American Art Museum, the National Museum of American History (my personal fav), the American Indian Museum, the National Gallery of Art and the Portrait Gallery. We also went to the Newseum which was totally amazing and I highly recommend it! If I had limited time and could only go to a few of the above again I would go to the American History Museum and the Newseum.
3. See the National Archives aka the Declaration of Independence
Definitely make a trip to see the Declaration of Independence and all the other documents from the past. This is also not that similar to what we have all seen in National Treasure… the room is quite small and pretty dark to preserve the documents and you also have to go through security to get in there whereas the little boy in National Treasure keeps running in and out of the building…so not possible, lol!!
4. Check out the White House and the Capitol Building
I toured both the White House and the Capitol Building, but to be straight up, I don’t think touring the White House is really worth your time or money. I know I sound like a lame-o but to be quite frank the tour is like 15 minutes and you only get to see a teeny tiny section of the House because of how heavy security has gotten over the years. Just getting through all the security to get in there took longer than the tour itself. Don’t get me wrong though it was such a cool experience and I am very thankful I got to see it! I would highly recommend trying to get a Capitol Building tour though if you are crunched for time, that was so cool and beyond interesting.
5. Eat good food!
Since D.C. is expensive af we did not go out to eat a lot, but when we did, it was so good. I am going to list my three favorite restaurants we went to in order of price lowest to highest!
– The Penn Quarter Sports Tavern on 641 Indiana Avenue
This is your home-town sports tavern that everyone goes to after work to drink a beer and watch the game. They aren’t super expensive, but the employees are super nice and the food is amazing. It is kind of a hidden gem with how good the food is. I had chicken lettuce tacos that were so yummy and my grandma and grandpa had the salmon salad that was out of this world, like you have to try it if you like salads and salmon.
– Plan B Burger on 801 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Literally the best menu of my life and yes there is more than just burgers there! I had the three slider burger sampler minus a ton of stuff because #lactoseintolerantprobs. I also had the sweet potato fries with it and devoured the entire meal in .25 seconds. My grandpa had the lobster roll which looked super good and my grandma had a salad, also very appealing looking. Oh the portion sizes are great too, not super small like some restaurants… I can’t stand that, like your girl loves to eat!
– Woodward Table on 1426 H St NW
Really yummy food, great service and an expensive vibe to it. I had a bacon burger, no bun with asian-flavored broccoli and it was delicious. My cousin got a burger and fries and the fries were so good. I would highly recommend this restaurant if you want to go somewhere more pricey. It also is a cute date spot if you wanna splurge a little bit.
6. Visit Madame Tussauds
I had never been to a wax museum in my life and I cannot tell you enough how fun it was! I totally think that you should visit there if you have never been to a wax museum/if you like them.
There you have it! Those are the things that I think are a must-do when in Washington, D.C., I miss it so much there and I cannot wait to go back one day! Let me know in the comments if you have ever been to D.C. and if you have been to any of the places that I listed above. : )