When we were planning our holiday several months back we knew we would spend a majority of time in the US but we didn’t want to just stay in California. So, we booked a little jaunt over to NY and DC to mix it up. We spent 2 full days in DC and let me tell you, that was enough. Andrew called DC a “box ticking exercise” and he’s right. Once you go you get this “been there, done that, don’t need to ever come back” feeling. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we went. I had been once before when I was 13 but I hardly remembered it enough to really feel like I had ever gone. I know I went certain places and I vaguely recalled seeing the Declaration of Independence, but not enough to remember that it was actually housed in DC. It’s probably good I went again, just so I can remember it all as an adult.
We basically walked and walked and walked some more and visited monuments, museums and more monuments galore. We walked around the Washington, Lincoln & Jefferson memorials, Arlington Cemetery, The White House, The Capital, Smithsonian, National Archives and Holocaust museum. My. Feet. Hurt.
Andrew was a bit underwhelmed with the Air and Space museum at the Smithsonian. It was cool to see the first plane ever flown but other than that I was a bit bored. The Natural History museum was much more interesting with real dinosaur bones and ancient artifacts.
But my highlights of our 2 days in DC?
The Magna Carta… how a document written in the 1200s still exists on display today is beyond me.
The Holocaust Museum – what a beautiful and sad place. I find WW2 history fascinating and the museum was absolutely stunning and the content so confronting.
Founding Farmers Restaurant– holy crap this had to be one of the best restaurants of the whole trip. They didn’t have any reservations so we got there around 5ish to get in early and there was already a 2 hour wait. There wasn’t even any room to stand at the bar. Insane! Luckily they were able to seat us after about 35 minutes and we were SO glad we decided to wait it out. If you’re ever in the area, check it out (but make a booking). This place might have made the sore feet and museum overkill all worth it. The tomato jam & goat cheese flat bread? To die for!
All in all I think we’re all glad we went but unlike NY, which I will blog about next, I wouldn’t ever feel the need to go back.