Day 14: Parks and Food Check out the first thirteen days of our road trip here.
No, we didn’t see Trump, but according to the numerous snipers present on the White House, he was home. With so much to see, and only two days to do it, we didn’t even scratch the surface in Washington DC. You could spend an entire week there, and still not see everything. We were overwhelmed with the amount of must-see museums, monuments, memorials, and parks. It’s safe to say, we will definitely be back for more.
With two weeks of road-tripping on our belts, we decided to spend our first day in Washington DC relaxing at Georgetown Waterfront Park (pictured below). The sun shining (finally!), city views, and beautiful surrounding gardens was just what we needed. Books in hand, we walked the pathway adjacent to Potomac River until we found a quiet area perfectly situated in the shade. There’s nothing more relaxing than reading a murder mystery surrounded by fresh air and sunshine (well except maybe getting a massage).
Washington DC is mainly known for its iconic monuments, and abundance of museums. Less recognized, is the city’s culinary empire. From French and Italian, to African and American, the food scene in DC is plentiful and diverse. In fact, they have more restaurants per capita than New York City.
Even on a Tuesday night, the most popular restaurants had wait times – especially if you wanted ideal seating. Without reservations we wandered to three different eateries before ending up at Acqua Al 2. This brick-walled restaurant first opened in Florence, it serves Italian classics in a romantic and cozy setting. The food was delicious and we loved the vibrant atmosphere.
Fun Fact: Washington DC citizens love their wine, in fact they drink more wine per capita than any other US state.
Day 15: Monuments and Museums
Whether you have a limited amount of time to explore, or it’s your first time visiting a popular city, I highly recommend booking a guided tour. This allows you to get an overview of the city, and plan the rest of your stay. The most common types are bus, bike, or walking tours. You cover way more ground on a bus or bike, but walking tours are always the most informational. Generally speaking, on a walking tour you have lots of down time between the main stops, so guides fill these moments with funs facts and stories. Personally I prefer either walking or biking tours (learning and exercising yay!). In Washington DC we opted for a morning bike ride with Bike and Roll DC.
We biked to all of DC’s magnificent sights. Including the Lincoln Memorial, White House, Washington Monument, Supreme Court, and Capitol Building. Our guide provided insightful information and historical facts about each stop, and gave us time to explore on our own. We learned that two American presidents kept pet alligators at the White House, and President Jimmy Carter watched 480 movies in the home’s movie theater. And if nature calls while you’re visiting, you have a choice of 35 bathrooms to choose from (but good luck finding a bathroom in a house with 132 rooms).
After exploring the city on bike we lunched at Kith and Kin (pictured below). Serving unique Afro-Caribbean cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails, this eatery is beautifully located on the wharf. Scenic views paired with delicious food, it doesn’t get any better than that!
Throughout our road trip on the East Coast, whenever we mentioned we’re from Seattle, a rain joke quickly followed. Funny enough, Washington DC gets more rain than Seattle, only about two inches more on average, but still, a win for Seattle. Unfortunately, a lose for us.
Thankfully the remainder of our day was spent indoors. Washington DC is well-known for its abundance of museums (most are free). In fact, there are so many interesting options, that we had a hard time choosing where to spend our day! We settled for the National Museum of American History and the International Spy Museum.
The National Museum of American History displays social, political, cultural, and scientific artifacts. It houses the bat mobile, seafood consumption facts, Julia Child’s famous kitchen, and Apple’s first computer (pictured below on the right). If you want to see everything, you’ll be there for hours. We only had time to explore one of the three floors. Next we walked to the International Spy Museum, the first and only one of its kind. Dedicated solemnly to espionage, the museum offers real-life spy stories, intelligence operations, and KGB lipstick pistols. The invisible ink letters, and dog poop transmitters are pretty cool too. Yeah I didn’t know what that was at first either. But it turns out spies used fake dog poop to transmit radio signals. Well played spies, well played 😂
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