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Monument Hopping In Washington D.C.

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This past weekend Mike and I were in Washington, DC visiting my brother and his girlfriend. This was my very first trip to the nation’s capitol and we were only visiting for 4 days, so we spent our first day getting all the can’t-miss touristy stuff in. First things first though….food. On our way to Pennsylvania Ave. we found Truckeroo, a monthly festival of food trucks held in D.C. I headed straight for the Red Hook Lobster Pound because their Maine Lobster Roll was piled high with fresh lobsta and looked delish!

food trucks in washington d.d.

Red Hook Lobster Pound

red hook lobster pound maine lobster roll

Yes, that lobster roll tasted just as good as it looked! Now we were ready for the busy day ahead. We headed towards our first stop – The White House. The view of the White House definitely wasn’t what I had pictured in my head. There are a TON of trees surrounding it, which are beautiful, but they only leave a very small space for photo-ops. As you’d expect, this space is completely crowded with tourists like me trying to get that perfect solo shot – it takes a little patience but it is possible!

White House

After the White House we were off to the Washington Monument. Unfortunately we were just a few days too early to visit as the monument just re-opened to the public this past Monday. We snapped a few pics and continued on through the National Mall to the Lincoln Memorial. The grounds are so beautiful – DC has been a bit warmer than Chicago so everything here is already bright and green. All of the memorials are beautiful as well, you could easily spend the entire day walking around the mall and taking it all in.

Washington Monument

Baby geese

Washington Monument

Lincoln Memorial

After visiting Abe we were ready to take a load off so we hopped on a Big Bus Tour, one of our favorite ways to see a city. This took us past Arlington National CemeteryThe Pentagon, and around some of the other key areas in the city. Gridlock started setting in later in the day and it was taking a little longer to get from stop to stop so we got off in Penn Quarter and stopped in at NoPa Kitchen + Bar for happy hour. Cocktails, the bar’s last bottle of Hop Slam, and a giant board of cured meats got our Friday night off to a great start! On our way back to my brother’s place we stumbled upon a random little German beer garden and just had to grab a quick drink there as well – there was no indoor bar, just a little pop-up type place in a side yard…so cute!

Arlington National Ceremony

Jefferson Memorial

Jefferson Memorial

Cocktails, NoPa

Charcuterie, NoPa

Brass Connection, Washington D.C.

Washington D.C.

We had a great night out on Friday and on Saturday afternoon we did a bit more sightseeing with a tour of the Capitol. On Sunday it was a beautiful day and we walked around some of the neighborhoods and parks, but that was the extent of our sightseeing. We opted to skip the museums this trip, I think our busy time in Paris last year left us museum-ed out for awhile, but that just means we’ll have to go back again soon! Don’t worry, more food and restaurant posts to come from this visit!

Capitol building

Washington DC park

Washington DC park

Mentioned in this post
  1. Washington, DC
    City in District of Columbia

    Washington D.C. District of Columbia
  2. The White House
    Attraction in Washington District of Columbia

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
    Washington District of Columbia
    (202) 456-1111
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/
  3. Washington Monument
    Attraction in Washington, DC

    Madison Dr NW & 15th St NW
    Washington, DC
    (202) 426-6839 ‎
    http://www.nps.gov/wamo
  4. Lincoln Memorial
    Attraction in Washington DC D.C.

    900 Ohio Dr SW
    Washington DC D.C.
    (202) 426-6841
    http://nps.gov/linc/index.htm
  5. Arlington National Cemetery
    Attraction in Arlington Virginia

    214 McNair Road
    Arlington Virginia
    (703) 607-8000
    http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/
  6. The Pentagon
    Attraction in Washington DC

    Washington DC
  7. NoPa Kitchen + Bar
    Restaurant in D.C. DC

    800 F St NW
    D.C. DC
    (202) 347-4667
    http://www.nopadc.com/

  • I’ve never been to DC! Your trip looks wonderful 🙂
    Katharine
    http://www.paytington.com

    • It was so much fun, I would seriously consider a move there!

      • Ok, now Dan and I really have to check it out! xx

  • Looks like you had a good trip! If you decide to visit museums the next time you go, the Air & Space and Newseum are my favorite 🙂

    • Thanks for the recs! We will definitely be back and will have to get a little more education in 🙂

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