Washington DC is famed for its monuments and government sights, so that’s largely what our visit was planned around. In a trip that started in Boston and ended with New York, it made sense to fit in some time in the capital. In actual fact, we loved Washington DC way more than we even expected to. One thing that drove Ross crazy though?
The White House
This turned into a bit of a holiday joke, but Ross was seriously underwhelmed by the White House. I’m not quite sure what he was expecting, but he obviously had grander images in his mind. In reality, the White House isn’t huge and you don’t get a particularly great view of it. In fact, Ross was far more interested in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door lol.
And all the things to do in Washington DC
Of course, you still need to see the White House if you visit Washington DC, and make time for these things too…
One thing that stands out from our trip was the zoo, we always find ourselves mentioning it! Firstly, it’s free to enter, and once you’re in, you just feel like you’re wandering around one of those huge American green spaces, but with animals dotted here and there. We visited midweek in December, and I swear to you, we barely saw another human being! It kind of felt like we weren’t supposed to be there, or they had opened especially for us lol. We loved it.
2. Discovering American Eats
Although I had been to Florida before this trip, this was my first real experience of America. When we were in Florida we lived in a Disney bubble. Bouncing between parks and Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs). So, I have a pretty rosy memory of some of the places we ate at during this trip. Two that stand out in Washington DC are “Flippin’ Pizza” and “BGR Joint“. If anyone is visiting, I would love it if you stopped by and let me know if it’s as good as I remember it!
3. Using the Metro
When we visited New York, we found the Subway super confusing. We tried to go from Times Square to the 9/11 Memorial, ended up in Brooklyn, and never attempted to use it again lol. But Washington DC was super easy. We used it to/from the airport and between our hotel and the various monuments etc that we visited and I would 100% recommend it.
On the topic of public transport, we used Mega Bus from Washington DC to New York City, and at around a £13 bargain each, it was ideal!
4. Everything but the White House
We loved all of the various monuments and and government buildings, make sure that you have the following on your list:
- Lincoln Memorial
- Korean War Veterans Memorial
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Martin Luther King Jr Memorial
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial
- Washington Monument
- Architect of the Capitol
P.S. Are you trying to decide whether to visit New York in the winter or spring?