Two weeks ago, Nick and I took our first vacation since our honeymoon. That’s two years, y’all! We’re both pretty big history nerds, so we decided to take a trip to Washington, DC. It had been ten years since I had been and 15 for Nick, so we wanted to go back and really appreciate everything. Plus, two of our favorite people live there! But I’m getting ahead of myself…
The trip started off a little crazy. We were running thirty minutes late that morning, so we barely made the plane in time. As we started to descend, I saw all this white stuff. It didn’t connect at first that it was snow! Once we landed, we decided to brave the metro to the Foggy Bottom station. It was way easier to maneuver than I expected! After lunch we walked over to our hotel and got settled in. The hotel was so nice! I highly recommend the State Plaza Hotel for anyone traveling to D.C. It is newly renovated so it was so nice, but not gaudy. The room was more like an apartment than a hotel room. It was very spacious and comfortable!
With only a few minutes to spare, we bundled up and walked to the National Archives. Y’all, I thought we would never get there. It was the longest walk of my life. I thought my feet were going to all off, haha! Hardly anyone was there (surprisingly! It was spring break for some schools.) so we got to mosey around and spend time looking at documents like the Declaration of Independence (many National Treasure jokes were made.) We also saw some letters to the president, the Emancipation Proclamation and an exhibit on civil and women’s rights.
On our way back to the hotel, we stopped by the east side of the White House and grabbed some photos before being
shooed away. I guess they close the area after a certain time? We relaxed a bit before dinner with Betsy at Founding Farmers. I don’t think I can possibly explain what it was like meeting Betsy for the first time, y’all. It was like seeing an old friend, not meeting someone for the first time. Nick and Betsy seemed to get along splendidly and the food was so good. It went by so fast. I wish we could have spent all night together! (Expect another post on this later this week, with a photo included just to prove it really happened.)
On Thursday, we had a tour of the Capitol building. We got a really cool tour of lots of old parts of the Capitol, but my favorite part was going into the House of Representatives during session. It was one of the coolest things that I’ve ever experienced. I immediately saw Nancy Pelosi, Paul Ryan, Michelle Bachman, Eric Cantor, and lots of others. I could have sat there all day! Of course no camera were allowed in the chamber. Boo!
Afterwards, we went to the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court buildings. Anyone who says that the founders were not men of opulence… they are insane. All three of these buildings were humongous, so ornate and just so awe-inspiring. Every time I turned around, I could not stop staring at the Capitol building.
Let me just say that by this point, my feet fell like they were going to fall off. I may or may not have started crying in the Supreme Court building because they hurt so much. Thankfully I got a burst of energy after the breakdown and basically ran to the National Gallery of Art. I learned a very important lesson here: I’m much more traditional in my opinions on art. Modern art? Not my favorite. These paintings, however, brought me to tears.
Check back tomorrow for more of our DC adventures, including more on the delicious restaurants!
Have you ever visited DC? What did you enjoy most?