We arrived into DC from Boston in the middle of the day, we stayed at the Churchill Hotel in Dupont Circle which I cannot recommend enough. The hotel was absolutely beautiful and our room was amazing. After such a hectic few days in New York and Boston, we decided to take it easy on our first day and spent the afternoon resting. We then headed out that evening for a quick dinner.
The next morning we were up at the crack of 9am to explore the Capital. We started with the Capitol Building. We had absolutely stunning weather while we were in DC, sun was shining and it was nice but not too hot.
Unfortunately the Washington monument is under repair after an earthquake in August 2011. It still has that iconic shape, just pretend the scaffolding isn't there.
We asked a lovely man to take our picture for us and he did a great job. He was hilarious though, adjusting where we stood and getting the lighting right. We probably shouldn't have worn white and grey, I feel like we are matching the building a little.
We did a great tour of the Capitol, which made me a little sad to hear about the government shutdown because visitors who were there during this time wouldn't have been able to do that sort of thing. It was an amazing building inside and we took quite a few photos, here is the one I liked the best - the columns and the ceiling just outside the Library of Congress. I am not sure it this is technically still part of the Library, but it was kind of the entrance way.
It was then down the other end of the National Mall to the Lincoln Memorial, but not without a stop past the World War II memorial.
The man himself, it was amazing how many people were here at this memorial. Whenever you see it in movies, they come to talk to Lincoln on his own don't they? Ok, maybe that is because it is the middle of the night?
Again, ignore the scaffolding.
Then it was on to visit Obama! I honestly thought The White House was so so much bigger than this. I guess there must be a lot of it under ground, but still It seemed very small when we were there.
The next day we had planned to meet up with Sara and her husband Aaron from Fit for a Bride but due to lack of technology on my part (seriously how did people meet up before mobile phones) - we had to scrap that and reschedule. We were originally going to spend the day at Arlington with Sara and Aaron, so we went ahead and looked around ourselves. It amazed us that there were probably hundreds of people at JFK's grave and a few other notable graves but we were the only people for miles when we walked through the less famous graves.
One thing I found really sweet was that the person who served had their details on the front of the tombstone and if their partner (usually wife) was buried with them, then their details were on the back of the stone.
We then watched the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Their uniforms must be hot but I admire their discipline to guard the tomb. It was particularly hot that day and it was mid-September, I can only imagine how hot they get in the middle of summer.
We also ended with a walk up the hill to the Iwo Jima (Marine Corps) memorial.
On our final night, we were able to meet up with Sara and Aaron for a great dinner. It is so funny meeting "internet friends" in real life. Particularly when they have an accent! We had a great dinner with the four of us and my new sassy pants.
We had a great time in DC, exploring all the history and places we had seen in so many movies and many episodes of The West Wing!
Next stop Las Vegas!