24 hours in Washington DC

After watching basically every TV series or film that is set in Washington DC, we couldn’t miss our lil opportunity to finally visit Washington while the fam and I were in New York over the summer.

Side note: I haven’t actually blogged about NY yet, even though we went in August – oops – but I find writing those longer posts a bit more time consuming and just haven’t found the time yet, as we obvs tried to cram soooo much into 10 days that it gives me a brain boggle trying to even write it down. BUT one day eh?

We v last minute decided that we would do a coach day-trip to Washington DC, rather than drive as it turned out to be cheaper than hiring a car, and someone else organises it for you, um bonus. This was super organised for us after last year when we only booked hotels in different states and then figured out how to get there on the day we needed to travel.

The coach was lush and with only like 12 people in around 70 seats it was pretty chilled. The tour guide was also hilarious, she kept telling us how much she hated work (while doing her job) and would often turn her phone off to ignore her boss, banter. It was deffo the right choice for us to do the tour as we would never have managed to visit as many iconic sights if we had planned it ourselves.

Arlington National Cemetery and JFK’s Memorial

Our first stop was technically outside DC in Virginia, but it’s definitely worth a visit. JFK’s memorial with the eternal flame at the Arlington cemetery is really moving, and the Kennedy grave plot was a lovely tribute to the family. The cemetery is unimaginable really, the white grave stones line the grass as far as you can see holding over 400,000 graves of military men and women from centuries of different wars. It’s a remarkable place, and a phenomenal tribute to those servicemen and women and in some cases their families who laid down their lives for their country.

Lincoln Memorial

We got about 15 minutes at the Lincoln Memorial, which tbh was plenty of time bar the fact there are deceptively more steps than there appears in photos, but running up those bad boys was worth it to see good ol’ Abe. It’s an incredible statue of Lincoln, it was also just slightly surreal to see it in real life as it’s in sooo many movies.

Washington Monument

I got slightly carried away with photos of the Washington Monument as we could see it from miles away on the coach, I probably deleted like 300 random photos with the little monument popping out in the back in the distance somewhere. But LOOK AT IT. Again very surreal to see it in the flesh, I sort of imagined I’d see Captain America jogging around it saying “on your left”, but sadly not, *sigh*. If we had longer we could have spent longer in the park the memorial is in, but we had enough time to see everything and get the classic photo in the reflection pool so can’t complain!

The White House

So this is obvs a must in DC, regardless of the worrying loon that currently sits inside it – pray for humanity. Don’t be fooled by the serenity of the photo either… Protestors and the secret service stood outside and made it pretty difficult to get a photo of the whole building, especially since it’s actually quite small and hidden through the gates, fountains and surrounding gardens. Also it’s just on the street in the middle of a built up area, like pops up out of no where. I’d imagined it would be set back and far away from civilisation but nope, just down the street from the local shop. It was a lil underwhelming really, but probs mainly because I knew Josh Lyman wasn’t inside. Ugh, I cry.

The Capitol building

The Capitol building was 10/10 my fave spot in DC and kinda makes me want to be a senator to just go inside. It was simply stunning, I haven’t edited these photos at all. I would go back to DC just to visit the Capitol Building again. It doesn’t even look real in photos, so I’ve obvs included one with my pale self infront so you will believe I went there. Ta-daaa.

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Oh my days. Now if you’re not a geek, you probably won’t care about a few aeroplanes or space shuttles, but YOU SHOULD. The NASA exhibitions were insane, there were artefacts and shuttles from different Apollo missions, like space suits, pens, journals, engines – it was SO cool.

As you can tell by my face though I was mainly super excited about seeing Amelia Earhart’s plane, Lockheed, that she flew across the Atlantic Ocean in. I mean as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic can you blame me?! I can tick that off the bucket list.

I also LOVED the gift shop because first, who doesn’t love a gift shop?! And second, they had a whole stand full of children’s books about women who changed the world – politicians, doctors, authors, nurses, pilots, engineers, and books of notable female scientists with gorgeous illustrations and brimming with facts to empower young women. GO AMERICA. I mean there were also books that stated the US won the first world war, and several shops full of legit Trump merchandise, so maybe not so much, BUT I’ll give them a lil victory for their feminist lit. Yay.

Side note: if you do get a chance to visit don’t eat inside the museum as the prices are crazyyy. We learnt this too late, sad times. You also can’t take food back into the museum, but that didn’t stop us, I mean what are shirt pockets for if not to hide your half eaten sandwich in? Is it a napkin with a chicken wrap in, or a fancy pocket square eh? No one knows.

10 Comments

  1. October 15, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    Great post! This looks amazing, I’d love to go to America and see it all. Looks like you managed to fit in quite a lot for 24 hours. The space museum sounds awesome, one day I will visit it!

    Chloe x
    http://www.chloechats.com/

  2. October 20, 2018 / 4:35 am

    Great post!! We went in July and visited lots of the same places! We didn’t get to get up close to white house due to rain but such an awesome city. Guessing the coach drove you around but if you do go back, the transit system is amazing and easy!

    • October 20, 2018 / 7:13 am

      It did, but we will definitely go back!

  3. October 21, 2018 / 11:31 am

    I went to NYC last Winter and I would have loved to visit Washington DC whilst I was there. It looks like you had an incredible trip and I look forward to reading the NYC post sometime soon. xx

    • October 21, 2018 / 4:18 pm

      Ah did you enjoy it? Must have been magical! Xx

      • October 22, 2018 / 10:44 am

        It was so good! I went over NYE so I got to see all the Christmas decorations and watch the fireworks in Central Park. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for sure. xx

  4. October 25, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    Great post! The pictures are amazing. So clear! Whatever camaera you use keep doing it! I haven’t been to DC in years. It was nice living it again through you. (Check out the first sentence in the third paragraph, may be a small error)

    Teri – http://millennialadulting.life

  5. November 4, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    You know I live less than 2 hours away from DC and still haven’t really taken the time to go explore. I’ve been during the cherry blossom festival and recently I took the kids to the Smithsonian museums and the zoo, but there are SO many set museums that I really want to visit! Maybe in the spring I’ll do it. Lovely photos.

    • November 4, 2018 / 3:15 pm

      I’m so jealous! There is tons to do!

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