I spent 5 days in our nation’s capital, and literally channeled my inner Leslie Knope and Elle Woods. There were so many sights to see, museums to explore, and historic buildings to tour, my feet are still aching as I write this. Although the 90 degrees/humid weather made me feel like passing out, I’m still super thankful I went on this trip.
When my parents first told me that we were visiting Washington D.C., I wasn’t really excited about it. I wanted to do something more vacation-y, like go on a cruise to an Island with pretty beaches, not look at monuments for hours. However, Washington D.C. proved to be a lot more interesting than I expected!
1) You’ll leave feeling more appreciative and educated than when you first arrived.
I’ll admit, U.S. History was not my favorite subject in high school (I did have an awesome teacher though!), but seeing our nation’s history directly in front of me, rather than through a textbook was super cool. Washington D.C. is home to the actual Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence, which you can check out at the National Archives Building. There’s also a ton of museums to explore and buildings to tour, all of which are there to teach you about America’s history!
2) The architecture is amazing!
Just the Capitol Building’s stunning ceilings alone, is a good reason to take a trip to Washington D.C. All of the elaborate buildings, perfectly carved statues, and breath-taking interiors, are definitely worth checking out.
3) The Smithsonian Museums are really fricking cool.
I visited 3 of the Smithsonians: American History, Natural History, and Air and Space. I learned a lot from all three, and the exhibits at each one were really interesting and hands-on. My favorite exhibits were from the American History museum! They had a room about 1940’s teenagers which featured a vintage Seventeen Magazine and a pink “princess” phone, and gave visitors the chance to take a personal survey and compare themselves to 40’s teens. Another awesome exhibit was The First Ladies. The exhibit had all of the First Ladies’ dresses from the Inauguration Ball, and I was in total awe when I saw Michelle Obama’s dress!
4) Georgetown is super cute.
If you’re getting tired of doing tourist-y things at the national mall, or feel like you need to take a break from all of the museums, you can head a few minutes over to Georgetown, which is seriously the cutest little area. The old-fashioned brick buildings and cobblestone sidewalks look like they came straight out of a Pinterest board. There’s also shops and restaurants everywhere. Make sure to stop by the very delicious, Georgetown Cupcakes, which is famous from the show D.C. Cupcakes!
5) Everyone has to visit the White House.
Seeing the White House was the most exciting part of the trip! There were Secret Service walking around everywhere, and tourists standing close to the fence, with hopes of catching a glimpse of Mr. President.
I hope this post inspired you to add Washington D.C. to your travel bucket list!