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Things we learned in DC

Day 10, Post #11 #350blogging


After almost every vacation, you look back and say “If only we knew about this…..” or “If we had planned better. Well here is a list of things we learned on our recent trip to Washington DC.

1. There is ALOT of walking. Even if you are taking the metro everywhere (like we did) you still have to walk to and from the Metro Stations. Make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes.

2. Most free monuments and even some paid museums only distribute a certain number of daily tickets. Things like the Washington Monument and Fords Theater (for example) require you to be in line for ticket distribution by 8:30am. Most lines start around 7:30am and will wrap around buildings, so plan accordingly.

3. The best place to get souvenirs are at the street vendors and they are all by the National Mall, in front of the museums. We got everything from NCIS hats, to Washington DC purses, to Minecraft shirts and even small glass Washington Monument statue.

4. Download and use Google Maps. There is a metro setting and you can get directions to any place and it will give you options of which train or bus to take. It will detail right down to the minute that the train departs and arrives so you can pick exactly which route you want. This is a BIG blessing!!

5. Take your phone charger with you. Since we were staying in Dupont Circle, we didn’t make it back to the hotel every day, so I carried my phone charger with me. There were outlets everywhere; cafeterias in the museums, restaurants and lobbys. This is extremely helpful if you are using Google Maps to navigate everywhere LOL

6. Last but most important…. Contact your Senator or Congressmen at least 3-4 months before your trip. They can help setup tours for the White House, Pentagon, Capitol, Printing and Engraving Bureau and the Library of Congress. But some tours take longer to setup (White House for example) and some tours are booked for several months. Our Congressman was able to setup a tour for us at the Capitol and we even got admission to the Gallery’s for the Senate and House of Representatives, which were both in session. It was such a great experience to see it all. The Capitol is an amazing place, so be sure to visit there.

Hope this helps! These are just a few of the things we learned.

Watch out DC. We are here….

Day #8, post #9 #350blogging

Its July and its hot. Our second, but officially our first full day, in DC found us at Arlington Ceremtery. My younger sister had given us a great piece of advice; “Pay for the bus tour at the beginning. Then you don’t have to worry about walking all over.” So our first order of business was to buy a ticket to the tram. It was the best advice ALL. Day. Long. We got to ride to the main three points of interest. JFK’s eternal flame site, the Tomb of the Unknown and the Lee House. All in all it was a great day AND bonus: we didn’t get lost on the Metro.

Since my other sister had taken a train from NY to meet us, we decided to do some sightseeing. We took the night bus tour. It was amazing. While you truly can not see all the great sites in just 3 hours, We were able to see some of the greatest night time sights. The monuments were amazing. The kids were so excited to see everything lit up and also excited to ride on a topless double decker bus LOL. My mom was a little worried about traveling the metro from Union Station back to Dupon Circle so late at night, however, that was the most crowded I saw the metro all day. Some people just getting off of work, some going out for the evening and some just getting home. It was calm and relaxing! It was another great day in DC.

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Girls Trip

Day #7, post #8 #350blogging

Day 7 found us in the car. For 14 hours. Why you ask? We decided to take a “Girls” Trip to our Nations Capital, Washington D.C. We left Longwood, FL around 5:45 AM. With 5 girls in the car, we hardly made it out of the state before stopping for our first bathroom break.  But we made it to DC around 8pm.

We stayed in Dupont Circle, a quant little city right out of downtown. It was tricky working the Metro system but we soon became pros. Our first day in, we walked around a found a great little Italian Kitchen that had pizza (for the kids) and GREAT Margaritas (for my mom and I). It was a long day but we are excited to start sightseeing!



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