Following on from my last post, here is a quick overview of what we saw/did in D.C. We spent 5 days looking around, and the morning of the first day was spent in applying for my visa AKA the main reason we were there in the first place.
Smithsonian Zoo: Naturally, the giant pandas are the big attraction here, but it was a really good zoo for other stuff as well. It’s spread out, and naturally food/drink in there is overpriced, so make sure you have a good meal before you go.
Air and Space Museum : This was on the top of our list of museums. It was amazing to be able to see the Apollo 11 command module, the back up primary mirror of the Hubble Space Telescope, the original Wright brothers aircraft and a plane that used to belong to Amelia Earhart.
There is also another site of the museum outside the city limits : The Udvar-Hazy Centre. This is where they house the really BIG stuff like Discovery shuttle and the Enola Gay. You can’t take the metro to the museum, but if you are able to get to it, I highly recommend going here.
Natural History Museum : Unfortunately, the hall of fossils was closed for renovation when we were there, but the exhibit on human evolution was interesting. The museum also has an impressive collection of gems, crystals and rocks (including various meteorites and moon rock!).
Museum of American History : The big attraction here is THE Star Spangled Banner. But as someone who isn’t all that familiar about American history, the bits about the Civil War in the Americans At War exhibit was pretty informative as well.
Wandering around Georgetown is lovely, especially if you’re planning on indulging in some retail therapy 😉 . We also nipped into Baked & Wired for a few sweet treats, which were so good that we even seriously considered going back for seconds.
If you’re visiting Washington, D.C, it pretty much goes without saying that you are going to see the National Mall (where most of the museums are situated). While it is possible to do a whirlwind tour of the Mall in a single day, I would suggest spreading it out over a couple of days (especially in the August heat and humidity) to actually enjoy it all. The various gardens and monuments are best seen at a leisurely pace.
While the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol building and the White House were all awesome to see, my favourites were the Library of Congress and the Einstein Memorial were my personal favourites.
Overall, it was an amazing trip where we got to see a whole variety of things from giant pandas to space shuttles to the buildings where decisions that influence the world happen. Just make sure you pack lots of water and comfortable walking shoes!
For more photos of my trip, check out this post.
Have you been to D.C? What were your favourite bits?
Until next time, Love, Me 🙂