Tuesday, June 10, 2014

our first anniversary | Washington, DC

we left the cabin on friday and headed to DC for memorial day weekend! we went to DC last Thanksgiving for the first time & decided we wanted to go back sometime this year! we found out you could tour the white house if you request it through your senator a few months in advance! so we requested a tour in February and received our confirmation a few weeks before we left for our trip! and the cool thing is that the tour is free!

my favorite thing about the tour was that you exit through the front door! it was really awesome to walk through such a historic place! they don't allow photography in the white house, but we asked the secret service out front if we could take one in front of the door & they said we could! i didn't think we would get a picture so close to it so that was awesome! they had secret service posted in every room & they would answer questions you had about the decor, room, or anything in the white house! plus, we were running late for our tour due to metro issues, so we got some good 5k training in while we ran 2 blocks to the white house!

one cool thing about DC is that anything Smithsonian is free! when we went last year, we went to a few of the museums and all we paid for was our hotel and food! this time we decided to go to the national zoo & air and space museum near Dulles! the zoo is huge and we got there late in the afternoon both days so we had to rush to see things we wanted to see! we were so excited about seeing the pandas because we don't have pandas in any of the zoos where we live! we got to see a panda eating some bamboo and rolling around! there was even a panda cub but he was sleeping while we were there! 

the air & space museum was really cool! we spent about an hour and a half there, and could have easily spent about three more! we got to see the Concorde (the first supersonic airliner to enter service & can cross the Atlantic in 4 hours), Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (a stealth plane that can fly from LA to DC in 1 hour - which is 2,124 miles per hour!), some Nazi planes, the world's smallest plane, the Discovery space shuttle (which has gone into space 39 times!), the Apollo 11 command module, a signed R2-D2 USPS mail box (there used to be one in our city when i was in high school!), and tons of other cool planes & objects!


THE WHITE HOUSE & DOWNTOWN


SMITHSONIAN ZOO


AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

linking up with A Harvest of Blessing

have you ever been to DC? what's your favorite part of the city?

20 comments:

  1. My brother used to live in DC and I visited once. I could have spent weeks there! I loved it. I cried at the Korean and Vietnam war memorials, cried again at the WWII memorial, saw the reflection pool and the Lincoln memorial, spent hours upon hours at the Smithsonian and that was definitely my favorite part. I love museums!

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  2. we got to see a panda eating some bamboo and rolling around! there was even a panda cub but he was sleeping while we were there! http://0rz.tw/YAAeL

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  3. I LOVE D.C., we went last year for my birthday! I loved the smithsonian but also the lincoln memorial was really cool. D.C. just has it's own vibe and has so much to do! Looks like such a fun trip! Jealous of your white house picture! When we went it was the inauguration weekend and bleachers and bullet proof glass were in front of it.

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  4. I love the Natural History Museum and the memorials. Arlington always gives me goose bumps, but it is a beautiful reminder of the price of freedom. Happy (belated) anniversary!


    Stopping by from Jack of All Trades!

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  5. What fun!!! We LOVED our trip to DC! :-)

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  6. Wow that looks like so much fun - and I had no idea about the White House tour - we'll totally have to do that!

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  7. so so so fun!!! Love that y'all got to do a ton of fun stuff! traveling is THE best!

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  8. DC is on my list of places to see in the next 10 years! It looks like you had a lovely time!


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  9. Oh my gosh! Museums galore! D.C. has been on my list of places as well. Especially the Smithsonian. I'm a huge museum lover! I actually have two friends that just went to D.C. and went to most of all of these places and I have a friend who just got into law school in D.C. Maybe she will let me crash with her...? ;)

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  10. i agree, Ashley! we have been twice and still there is SO much more we want to see! the museums are so great! we could probably spend a few days in just one!

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  11. oh cool! what a fun birthday trip! :) the Lincoln memorial is one of my faves too! it really does have SO much to do - we've been twice and have only seen a chunk of what we wanted to see!

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  12. you're so right Megan! it is a great reminder!! thank you! :)

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  13. so much fun!!! i thought about you guys while we were there! too bad we weren't there at the same time & could've bumped into each other! :)

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  14. Definitely! Such a cool city. I've only been the one time but going back is definitely on my to-do list.

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  15. i just found out in the past few years about the White House tour! i thought it was so neat that you could just walk through the White House! you should most definitely do that next time you go!

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  16. you are so right Caroline! we love traveling & exploring together! :)

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  17. it is such a cool city! there's so much to do & much of it is free! i hope you get to go soon! :)

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  18. yes! there are so many museums to explore! you should definitely crash with your friend & explore the city! :)

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  19. it was a lot of fun! looking back, we did a LOT in just a day and a half!

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