Striped dress: MinkPink (only available in XS now), but this dress is almost identical and only $24! and shift dress is also great // Black tights: Hanes // Black boots: Hunter, I might be adding these packable boots to my collection (to be more efficient when packing) // Boot socks: Hunter, They also have fleece socks // Trench coat: Nordstrom, Also available in black and I'm loving this fun nautical inspired trench // Silk scarf: NOVICA // Purse: Kate Spade, This is my favorite bag and it's perfect for traveling because it fits all your essentials. This bag is similar is size and also really great for traveling. // Sunglasses: Ray Ban, These are my favorite sunglasses. Now I just need to add the classic silver pair to my collection // Monogram Necklace: Nordstrom, Mine is rose gold, but it is also available in gold and silver, This single initial letter necklace is also really adorable // Lipcolor: Fresh sugar lip treatment in 'Petal'
It’s Wednesday and I’m thrilled to be kicking off my 3 part travel guide series about Washington DC! I’m going to be sharing about what we did, all the yummy places we ate and a few helpful tips. Honestly, it was actually an easy trip to plan because we knew exactly what we wanted to do...cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms and as many of the historical sights as possible. (Can you tell what I wanted to see most?) I've broken down everything we saw into three categories and even included a few things we wish we could've done. I guess there's always next time right?!
The National Mall (surprisingly it's not a shopping mall) is a park area in the middle of the city. It's home to the most popular monuments, memorials and museums. Everything is beautifully lit at night, so if you can I would be sure to take an evening stroll through the area.
Memorials and Monuments
I'm pretty sure you've seen most of these (if not all of them) on a show or movie, but when you see them in person it's a bit humbling. Each one is so different, but there is this air grandeur and authority that seems to permeate the air. These are the people who build our country and took on the burden of making it a place that would thrive. I don't know about you, but I'm not sure I would have been up for that kind of responsibility...sometimes I can't even get the laundry done.
1. Lincoln Memorial
2. Washington Monument
3. World War II Memorial
4. Jefferson Memorial
5. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
I thoroughly enjoy visiting museums when I travel, but sometimes they can be expensive. One of the best things about museums at the National Mall is that they're all free! Just make sure to get there first thing in the morning because the lines get crazy long later in the day.
1. National Museum of American History
This museum has so much to see! It has pretty much anything and everything you could possibly want to see when it comes to America. There's the original American flag from 1812, gowns from the First Ladies, Dorothy's ruby slippers and Julia Child's kitchen. There are 3 floors but everything is broken up into topics so it's easy to find the exhibits you really want to see.
2. National Museum of Natural History
This is great for kids because there are all kinds of animals to look at, exhibits to interact with and even an IMAX theater. For adults, there is an absolutely gorgeous display in the gem hall which features the one and only Hope Diamond...and let me say just say, it really is an incredible piece!
3. International Spy Museum
Museums can sometimes be challenging because it's usually just "look but don't touch"...not the Spy Museum! You start off by picking a spy identity and throughout the museum you can develop your identity. You can even try your hand at being a spy in the field to see how you do. And for all my James Bond fans out there, they have a special exhibit that's all about the movies.
Other Sights to See
There is really so much to see in DC that you can't do it all in one weekend. Besides the museums, memorials and monuments we saw, we managed to squeeze in a few other things, but there's definitely quite a few things on the list of next time we visit,
1. US Capital
We didn't originally think that we would have time to tour the Capital, but we managed to squeeze it in. It does require a ticket, but if you don't get them in advance don't worry! You can buy them there and the tours were like every 10 minutes so you don't have to wait very long. The tour goes through three areas in the Capital where you learn about the history of the building, the art and statues and then the old room where the House met way way way back in the day. We didn't do this, but you can get tickets to go sit in on the House sessions which would have been fun.
2. Botanic Gardens
Spring was in full bloom outside, but the botanic gardens were just starting to bloom. I was a bit disappointed because the whole rose garden area was being worked on, so there wasn't anything there but dirt. I'm sure it would be so serene and beautiful when it was in bloom though. It was a fun place to just walk through and see vegetation from different regions. It's right next to the Capital, so it's a great place to relax after all your walking.
We managed to squeeze in a lot during the weekend, but there are a few things that we wish we had gotten to do.
Library of Congress: I've heard it was a must see for book lovers.
Arlington National Cemetery: This is located just a short drive across the river from the main part of DC. It would've been interesting to watch the changing of the guard and visit the Tomb of the Unknown soldier.
Ford's Theater: We didn't get to see this one because we didn't get tickets in advance, so learn from us and book your tickets ahead of time.
Georgetown: This area is about 15 minutes outside of the city that is known for the shopping and food. I wish we would have been able to check out Georgetown Cupcakes because I've heard they're amazing! So if you go be sure to eat an extra one for me!
What were your favorite attractions in DC? Stay tuned because tomorrow I'll be sharing our food adventures.