Prior to this trip, Vince and I had never traveled to Washington DC together. We were so excited to experience the city together for the first time.
We visited DC in early June while in town for a friend's wedding. We flew in a few days early to see some great museums and monuments. It was HOT (read: insanely humid) this time of year, but still a fun long weekend in a new city.
Read on for our favorite sights, bites and nights!
The greatest thing about the Smithsonian museums is that they are FREE! They are completely accessible to anyone who visits DC. And they have some of the most amazing works of art and relics in the country. Where else can you see the Wright Bro.'s famous airplane and the original American flag? Pretty cool stuff.
We only had time to visit a couple of the Smithsonian museums during our stay. One on Thursday and one on Friday.
National Air and Space Museum
I love visiting the National Air and Space Museum to see all of its artifacts from space. I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid, and this museum brings back that sense of excitement and wonder I had about space growing up.
Museum of Natural History
The anthropologist in me really loves visiting the Museum of Natural History to see the exhibits about evolution and human origins. All of the beautiful animal displays are so fun to see!
The Memorials are some of the coolest things to see in Washington DC. They are such iconic pieces of art and architecture that are well worth checking off your bucket list.
We walked a nice loop around the monuments starting at the Washington Monument, moving to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, across the boulevard to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, around the tidal basin to the FDR Memorial, and ending at the Jefferson Memorial. The whole loop is a lot of walking, but the views are beautiful the entire way so it's entirely worth it.
Getting around Washington DC is pretty easy. It's not a terribly huge city so you can walk almost anywhere you want to go - especially in and around the National Mall.
I'd also definitely recommend taking DC's subway system. It's a really clean, well-organized system that covers the city pretty well. You charge per stop (rather than a flat fee) which I kind of like. And I say all this even though the Red Line (one of the most useful lines in they system) was shut down for the majority of our visit!
Another great way to get around if traffic isn't so bad is to take Uber. It's much cheaper than the taxis in the city and it can get you around places where the subway doesn't reach.
Our very first meal in DC was at the Surfside Taco Stand. We stumbled upon it on our way to meet some friends in the Sculpture Garden. I had a burrito and Vince had a quesadilla. Both were really tasty and a TON of food for the price.
The Tombs is a cool restaurant outside of Georgetown University. We stopped there after a nice morning exploring the Georgetown campus. Funnily enough, we were on campus during alum weekend! We tried to blend in with the rest of the alums, but they all had nametags so we couldn't sneak into any events with them...
My aunt and uncle, who we stayed with, were nice enough to treat us to a delicious Greek dinner at Mourayo in the Dupont area. The food was absolutely delicious and the staff were all wonderful.
Our final meal in DC was, of course, Shake Shack :) We had a late lunch here on our last afternoon before heading back to the airport. We don't have Shake Shack in KC so we rarely miss an opportunity to eat it when we're in a city with it.
What We Missed
There are SO MANY other places to visit in DC that we didn't have time to visit during our short weekend there. You could fill an entire six months seeing all that DC has to offer. Here are some of the places still on our list:
- National Gallery of Art
- Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Capitol Building
- National Archives
- Library of Congress
- Botanic Garden
- Spy Museum
- Supreme Court
- The Philips Collection
- The National Geographic Museum
DC is a fantastic city with so many iconic sights that are absolutely worth seeing if you have the chance. We barely scratched the surface this past weekend and hope to return again soon to see many more amazing museums and monuments.