Happy Wednesday/Back to Work Day! I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend/half-week. I went up to Dallas for a wedding on Sunday night, then down to The Woodlands to spend the 4th with my friends, so I’ve been busy driving! I’m looking forward to a short week, and I’ll be heading to the beach with my parents on Friday afternoon, so even more driving! All worth it though.
A few weeks ago, I went to visit my high school bestie, Kinsey, in Washington D.C., and we had a blast! I went to D.C. when I was a junior in high school on a class trip (and Kinsey and I were actually roommates on that trip!), but this time was much different! I loved getting to tour the city with someone who knew all of the best places, and was able to navigate the metro, because I certainly was not. We also both decided to try and keep this trip on the cheaps, so we didn’t go anywhere too fancy. But we had so much fun that I honestly didn’t even notice. I’ll break it down day-by-day, with what we did, where we ate, and any other tips!
Day 1: Capitol Tour & Monuments
The first day was more like a half day, since my flight landed at around 2. Kinsey picked me up from the airport, and then after dropping my bags off at her apartment, we headed to the Capitol for a tour! She works for a congressman, so I got to see her office and she took me to the House floor, which was awesome! Then, we headed to the Lincoln Memorial and walked around to the White House and a few other places. We ate dinner at GCDC Grilled Cheese Bar (so delish), then headed back home early, watched a movie, and went to bed by 10, much to the shock of Kinsey’s fresh-out-of-college (like by a week) roommates.
Day 2: Museums, More Monuments, and Being a Local
The first full day it was a little chilly and raining, but we didn’t let that stop us! We just put on boots and rain jackets in mid-May, accepted our fate of frizzy hair, and went out to conquer the city. We started with a quick breakfast at Au Bon Pain in Union Station. I know they have these everywhere, but it was a great choice for a busy day! The first day I got a bagel, but the second day I got a “homemade” pop-tart, pictured above. Both days I got iced coffee, and it was great! After breakfast, we hopped on the metro and headed to the National Gallery of Art-East Building. This one is apparently fairly new, and I loved it! It has a wide variety of classic and modern art, but my all-time favorite piece was this giant blue chicken on the roof.
After that cultural experience, we headed to Rosslyn, Virginia to move a few things into Kinsey’s new apartment. While there, we went to the smallest, strangest Target ever because we were both in desperate need of phone chargers, hung out with her new roomies, and ate lunch at District Taco, which was so good! Then, we headed to the WWII Memorial, which I loved. Both of my dad’s parents served in the military during WWII, my grandpa as a Marine, and my grandma as a Navy nurse, and I was able to pull up their photos and information at the information kiosk. After that, we headed to the Washington Monument to recreate our favorite photo from our high school trip, and then back to the Lincoln Memorial for sunset pictures!
After that, it was time for dinner! We went to Roti, which is basically the Mediterranean version of Chipotle. It’s a chain so you’re probably like, calm down, but it was honestly one of my favorite meals on this trip. It was SO GOOD and under $10!
Day 3: Georgetown & More Museums
On Sunday, it was much warmer, so we dressed up in cute spring outfits and headed to Georgetown! We walked around on Georgetown University campus, which was beautiful. Then, we walked around all the row houses, had a photoshoot for this outfit post, and went in a few stores. For lunch, we had $18 lobster rolls from a place that I can’t even remember the name of, and then stood in line at Laduree for macarons, which were absolutely worth it.
From Georgetown, we headed to the National Museum of American History. This was probably one of my favorite stops because, nerd alert, I love American history, especially WWII era. We also saw the exhibit with the First Ladies’ Inaugural Ball gowns, which I also loved for reasons that should be obvious considering I have a fashion blog. We tried to go to the National Archives, but since it was Sunday it closed early, and we barely missed it!
After the museum, I had an unfortunate incident with a $6 sprinkle ice cream cone, so we hiked up to Capitol Hill with sticky hands in search of a sink. I ended up washing them off in a fountain (not proud), then sat in a little garden close to the Botanical Gardens for a bit before finishing our trek to dinner.
We had dinner at Tortilla Coast, a little Mexican food restaurant right on Capitol Hill. It was no Tex-Mex, but the fajitas were still good, and we split them so it really wasn’t expensive at all! After dinner, we went to the Jefferson Monument at sunset, which was gorgeous. It was the perfect way to end the trip!
I had so much fun in D.C., partly because it’s just such a fun city, but mostly because I was back with my bestie! Overall, these are my tips if you’re planning on taking a trip to our nation’s capital:
-It’s actually really easy to be cheap. Most of the museums are free, and so is walking around the city, which is equally entertaining!
-Bring good shoes. This is self-explanatory.
-Go with a local if you can! It’s so much easier when you know what’s worth your time and the best way to get anywhere.
-Take the Metro. It’s much cheaper than Ubering everywhere.
-Have so much fun!
That’s all for meow! If you have any D.C. travel tips, I would love to hear them!