I just got back from a weekend getaway to Washington, D.C. that my husband planned as a surprise. It’s so hard for me to not be the planner, but in this situation, it was so rewarding. I loved being able to map out my favorite sites in the hotel the night before – leaving only enough time to get excited about it – no time for stress! This was my first time to aside from all of the wonderful food & drinks (it was Restaurant Week in D.C.!) I got to see some amazing sites. Here is my roundup of the Top 5 Things To Do in D.C.:
5. National Zoo
Exploring the National Zoo was one of my favorite things that we did on this trip. I’m a big fan of the zoo, but hardly ever go. The last time I visited was on a date on our 7 year anniversary. Tian Tian and Bei Bei were certainly highlights of my highly anticipated return to the zoo.
4. Lincoln Memorial
The colossal size of this monument is only one of it’s many remarkable qualities. I knew I would be in awe of seeing President Lincoln in his former glory, but the sites nearby – especially with such a spectacular view of the Washington Monument were breathtaking.
3. Washington Monument
This is one of those structures that you see from afar and wonder if it really does get any better if you walk all the way to it. I’ll tell you, that it does. The Washington Monument is one the defines D.C. and it’s beautiful up close and from a far.
2. International Spy Museum
This was one of the first things that we saw in D.C. and although you do have to pay for it (most sights in D.C. are free of charge) it wasn’t too bad and the information was just so interesting. I loved learning about real and fictional spies and even got to chose my own alias – pretty cool.
1. Holocaust Museum
Some people are ‘museum people’ and some, are not. This is for both. I’ve wanted to visit the Holocaust museum ever since I watched Hillary Swank take her students there in her (amazing) performance as Erin Gruwell in the Freedom Writers. I was marveled at the way the laid out the 4 floor exhibit. I learned so much and was left wanting to know even more. I highly, highly recommend this. It will touch your heart.
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