3 Days in Washington, D.C.
To ring in the summer and our birthday (plus our mom's because our birthdays are two days apart!) we decided to spend three days in Washington, D.C. We talked about going for so long and we couldn't think of a better time then now to do it. We planned the trip about a month and half in advance, so when the time finally came to go, the excitement was unbearable. We had such a great time and really made the most of our days there. It seemed like it went by so quickly, but as they say, time flies when you're having fun!
Heading into this trip, it was important for us to choose a hotel that was within walking distance of all the attractions and landmarks we wanted to see. While we later realized how easy it is to catch a taxi, we also wanted the option of being able to walk everywhere! We found what we were looking for in the Hyatt Place Washington DC/ National Mall. Next we planned how we would spend our days in the nation's capital. We didn't want to wing it because there's so much to see and the last thing we wanted to feel was scattered. From the start, we knew we wanted to experience what the Smithsonian Institution had to offer. For those who don't know, the Institution is an amazing education, museum, and research complex that has various museums and a zoo that are free, so we made sure to visit some of them.
With that being said D.C. has a TON to offer, so we didn't get to see everything, but we'll definitely be going back some time in the future.
Here's a look at how we spent our time in Washington, D.C.!
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture was our favorite part of the trip! We had to wake up at 6:30 am to get same-day passes, but it was so worth it.
The building itself is breathtaking and we had such a full experience at the museum. Everything from war to music to sports is covered, and it's filled with beautiful displays. There's so much to take in that it's recommended you make more than one visit and we can definitely agree with that. It'd be great to go back and see anything we may have missed while we were there.
Big Bus Night Tour
On our first night we enjoyed an amazing tour of Washington, D.C.'s famous attractions and landmarks thanks to Big Bus. The tour started just as the sun was going down, so anything we didn't see at night we caught again at the end of the tour. Seeing everything at night is a completely different experience from seeing it during the day, so we're so glad we thought to take part in this tour and it was such a great way to end our first day.
We saw the Washington Monument, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and so much more. We highly recommend you take this tour if you're heading to D.C.!
National Museum of Natural History/ Butterfly Pavilion
When we found out the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History had a Butterfly Pavilion, we immediately brought our tickets. We love butterflies and decided not to let the chance of being in a room filled with them go by. Needless to say, it did not disappoint. There were the smallest of butterflies to one the size of our fists, maybe bigger!
National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery was also a place we really wanted to visit. It had been a while since we visited an art museum, plus we wanted to see the portraits of former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. To say we were blown away is an understatement. It's one thing to see the portraits on television and another to see it in person. The detail put into them is impeccable.
Aside from these two, the museum was filled with so much more, so we're glad we made that a must-see stop on our list of places to go.
National Zoological Park
We ended our trip with a visit to the National Zoological Park. We saw lions, tigers, all kinds of mammals, and monkeys. You should note that the zoo is located on a hill, so you'll be walking up it as you make your way through. Wear comfortable shoes!
Do you have any plans to visit Washington, D.C. or travel somewhere else this summer? Let us know in the comments!