Did anyone else grow up thinking Washington, D.C. was in the state of Washington? No? Me neither… (I thought D.C. was in Washington state up until the 3rd grade! I blame the school system!) But really, I’ve never been to D.C. before, and all I really knew about it was what I’ve seen in House of Cards and in that one episode of Parks and Recreations where Chris Pratt looks at the Capitol and says, “That building looks like a boob.” Haha, but seriously, I’ve always wanted to visit D.C.!
My brother moved to D.C. recently, so my sister, Tuyet, and I finally booked our flight across the country to explore the nation’s capital. I got a lot of suggestions from you all on Instagram about which places I should visit, and I made sure squeeze in as many as possible in our 4 day trip! The main thing everyone suggested was the Smithsonian museums, and let me tell you, they did not disappoint! I love museums, and I was so sad that I couldn’t visit all of them (there are 19 Smithsonian museums, plus a ton of other private museums!) To name a few, we visited the Natural History museum, National Gallery of Art, Air and Space Museum, and a couple of others. It was so much fun, and I wish I had more time to appreciate all of the exhibits. The definite highlight, though, was seeing Vincent Van Gogh’s self-portrait at the National Gallery of Art. The definite definite highlight, though? It was all free. 😉
The weather was gorgeous while we were visiting, and the cherry blossoms were starting to bloom. We got to explore Georgetown, which is this cute little university town (home to Georgetown University, obviously,) and they had the cutest little buildings and homes! All the houses had beautiful brick exteriors, bright colored doors, and the streets were cobblestone– it’s every Instagrammer’s dream. Of course, the best part of any trip is the food, and D.C. has the best desserts. We stopped by District Doughnuts and D.C. Cupcakes, both in Georgetown, and it took all my willpower to not order one of everything, haha.
Of course, I also visited all the big landmarks at the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and of course the White House. They are so beautiful and grand in real life, the pictures don’t do them justice! I had such a fun time exploring D.C., and I really wish I could’ve stayed longer, because although I was able to squeeze in a lot of sight-seeing in those few short days, there is still so much I want to see (still hoping to run into Bernie Sanders.) If you guys ever have the chance to visit, you definitely should! And if any of you guys are from D.C. and have any recommendations on any places I may have missed, leave a comment down below so I can check it out next time! Can’t wait to see you again, D.C!