We coupled a Outer Beach vacation with a short jaunt in DC. I wanted to write a brief TR for those who are coming in to DC but with a very limited amount of time... BUT I am a little late. Our trip was in August ;)
Here it goes:
We left Ocracoke (lovely place if you've never been) Island at about 11am on Friday. A little later than we wanted to but we were still in an island state of mind. It was my boyfriend, another couple, and myself. We made the 7 hour drive and arrived at about 6. One of the things we noticed was the intense amount of traffic heading out of DC when we were on our way. Is it always like that on a Friday? It was literally gridlocked for several miles. We came up 1-95. We didn't hit any traffic until we hit the bridge but it wasn't too bad.
One snag we did hit was parking. We were staying at the Washington Court Hotel because I booked it on a third-party booking site for 109 dollars including tax for four people and it would be close by Union Station which is where we were planning on parking the car. We had to circle Union Station several times to find where to pull into the parking garage at. It was very confusing and the whole group of us was arguing for different directions. It was a hoot.
Finally got the car parked and off we walked to our hotel. Pretty quick walk and easy to find. We were happy. The hotel had a beautiful view of the capitol so we were thrilled. The bathroom was huge compared to our vacation house. A welcome change for my friends.
We changed and headed out to Shake Shack. I tried it a few months prior in NYC and have been craving it ever since. We took the metro (very easy) to Farragut stop and headed up to the restaurant. We really liked that part of town and it seemed like a happening place. Had I had more time in DC I would have been back.
After our delicious burgers (the Obamas had been there a few days before) we waked to the White Hourse. It was so cool! Just like I always imagined it. I guess, since I had never seen it up close, it just never seemed real to me.
After that we headed down to the Washington Monument. It was dark now and it was a pretty sight all lit up. We didn't walk to the monument itself but admired it from afar. Next we headed to the Lincoln Memorial. WHOA, what a walk. We stopped at the World War II memorial. So calming. We loved the loud fountains. Very powerful.
We continued walking to the Lincoln Memorial and was again blown away by how surreal it seemed. I couldn't stop staring at Lincolns face. It was just so memorizing. By then we were thirsty and started the trek back. It seemed to take forever but we walked all the way back to our hotel. There isn't very good metro access down at the mall, huh?! We were always baffled to find tons of tour buses on our route home. Maybe DC is the city that never sleeps, not NYC. ;)
Whoa, this is getting longer than I though. Sorry about that folks! Will be back for the rest of the TR tomorrow!