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D.C. For The Day

One cool aspect of living in Virginia is we are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from our nation's capital. Parker and I have been meaning to do a weekend in Washington D.C. since we moved here 2 years ago and have epically failed. 

Two weekends ago, Parker had a bachelor party to attend in Baltimore, so the girls decided to do a weekend of our own in D.C.. I was so excited! Not only had I never been, but I just love the girls I got to go with, so it made it all the more fun. 

Before going out for dinner and drinks, my friends Jenn and Katy were kind enough to give me a tour of this beautiful city. They both knew the area really well, and I didn't have to spend all day in museums. #winning

We started out the day with a late lunch at Founding Farmers. Oh my yum. This appetizer was to die for, and even though I just got a salad as my entree, it was one of the best darn salads I have ever had. Katy had the chicken and waffles and won the award for best order. This place was a goldmine and apparently a D.C. favorite judging from the crowds. If you visit D.C., go!

I wanted to do all the cheesy tourist things, and these two were so sweet and patient to do them with me. First stop was the white house! My initial reaction was that it's much smaller than I thought it would be. I guess I was imagining the American version of Downton Abbey. It was still neat though!

Apparently, if you grow up in a somewhat close proximity to D.C., you go on school field trips to see the white house. I grew up in Texas, so none of us southern kiddos got to go on such trips. When asked where Texas kids went for field trips, the answer was: the Alamo, which I am fairly certain we were brainwashed into thinking was the equivalent of the nation's capital. #Texasforever

I joked with them that I really wanted to see the president, which of course I didn't. Coincidentally, the weekend we were there was the weekend of the annual White House Correspondent's Dinner, and we stayed in the Hilton where it was being held. So even though we didn't see the president, we were definitely in the same building as him!

I didn't get too close to the Washington Monument, but it was pretty impressive from where I was standing! Cheesy tourist move: take pictures of all the things.

The pond leading to the Lincoln Memorial may or may not have been my favorite part. Who doesn't love to see adorable baby ducklings swimming around with the mama duck? Jenny would have been in Heaven. 

Next up was the WWII Memorial, which I thought was really beautiful. It took a second, but I eventually found the great state and snapped a picture with it.

And of course right next to the WWII Memorial is the Lincoln Memorial. It was beautiful but packed! Apparently we weren't the only ones that day that wanted to see Honest Abe sitting in his chair, so we didn't stay long. It was one of those things that you've seen so many pictures of, so it was neat to see it with my own eyes.

The view looking out was exquisite, and I am so appreciative that Katy and Jenn took the time to show my touristy self around. I think I said this at least 100 times, but it was such a beautiful city. The people were friendly, the trees were lush and green, and the cherry blossoms were blooming. I don't think it's in the cards, but if the Navy wanted to send us to D.C., I wouldn't be mad about it.


Caravan Sonnet said...

This looks like so much fun! :) I have to admit that one of my favorite things about living in Virginia Beach was how close DC was! :) SO fun to explore and see!! :) Have y'all explored Annapolis yet? :)

Rachel said...

I love living close to DC! We go every year! I am actually going to Ba Beach this weekend too!

Rachel said...

I absolutely love DC-it's definitely one of my favorite cities. And yes, I didn't go on a trip to DC in school, but I definitely visited the Alamo once (or ten times).

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

DC is great! Grew up about 3 hours from there, but haven't been since I was a kid. Love the monuments and museums! I'm a history nut. Loved your outfit too - very cute! Glad you gals had a great time!


Katie said...

I've hardly ever spent any time in DC either! Looks like you had fun! I'd love for us to be stationed in DC or at least VA like you so we could make some day trips up there. Was the traffic bad?


Carly said...

I feel like the White House is always kind of anticlimactic, because it is pretty small compared to the other monuments/buildings. So cool you guys were at the Hilton at the same time as the Correspondent's dinner! It looks like such a great trip!

Jenn @ Lost in the Right Direction said...

DC is the best! I am going to miss living only an hour away from there! Looks like you had a great weekend! :)

Anonymous said...

I like DC but I would HATE to live there. The traffic, ugh!!!

Jen said...

I absolutely love DC!!! It's one of my favorite places to visit.

Janelle Cook said...

So fun!! I've only been to DC once, but I totally did all the cheesy tourist things as well! I want to go back someday for sure. :)

Lisa C said...

My father-in-law retired as a Navy captain and spent around 15 years in the DC area.


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