Our family recently took an unexpected trip to Washington DC. It was a gloomy Tuesday morning, a few weeks ago and we all had a late start to the day. Penny slept in and we were having breakfast by noon. We wanted to get out of the house and start our day. Especially since Ben was going back to work that Friday. We saw it was raining so that pretty much scratched our outdoor plans. So where do you go when it’s raining and you don’t want to be home? Duh, TARGET!
So we went to our car (Nixie), got in and Ben looks at me and says, “let’s go to Boston for a night!”, I laughed. He said, “No I’m serious baby let’s go. I’m going back to work on Friday and we won’t be able to get away for a little while”. I said, okay! He was about to pull out of our parking spot when I told him– WAIT! We have no underwear, no clothes, no diapers for Penny. I’ll go pack some stuff. So I went up and packed our bags in 10 minutes. When I went back down Ben tells me– change of plans, we are going to Washington, DC!
We started driving to D.C. and I began to look for an Airbnb for us. I booked us a night at a great little place in Capital Hill. We got there around 7pm and we were starving! So we dropped off our stuff and headed out to explore and find some food. Before we knew it, it was past 8pm and we still didn’t have dinner. So we found a cute little Pizzeria called Pidzza and basically inhaled it! After that we just walked around and got Penny’s wiggles out. She ran around and then of course found an ice cream shop. She always finds an ice cream shop! Penny rarely has sweets when we are home so when we are away we aren’t strict about it. We then headed back to our Airbnb and called it a night.
The next day we checked out of our Airbnb and planned to go see a few monuments before driving back to NY. We were on our way to the Lincoln Memorial to see Abe, when Ben gave me that look again. The ” I wish we could stay another day” look. So that’s what we did. It only made sense to take the whole day to explore since we got there so late the night before.
I found us another Airbnb for the night and we couldn’t check in till 4pm so we spent most of the morning/afternoon seeing all the monuments. That’s something I really loved about DC. Everything is in somewhat of a walking distance from each other. It was great to walk and see the Washington Monument, stop by The Carousel across the street on the National Mall and have Penny run around and burn some energy out till we headed to the next location.
We then went to the World War II Memorial which honors the service of 16 million members of the Armed Forces of this country. It’s the kind of place that makes you have so much respect and admiration for all the souls who have fought for this country. We then went on to the Lincoln Memorial to see Abe. FYI there are about 1,000 stairs to climb to see the statue of Abraham Lincoln. Wear comfortable shoes!
Once we went up, we waited our turn to take pictures in front of the statue. We kept Penny in the stroller because we know Penny would go nuts wanting to go up and down those stairs! Everyone visiting was very friendly and offered to take a picture of the 3 of us. Which never happens! Seriously, it’s so hard to get a picture of the whole family.
After The Lincoln Memorial we went to see The Wall That Heals. Which is a wall with more than 58,000 names of Vietnam Veterans who gave their lives to serve their country in the Vietnam War. It was so touching and sad to see so many names and flowers left on the ground from loved ones who visit regularly. It really helps put our life and blessings into perspective.
At this point we went on to check into our Airbnb. When we got there we found that it was missing a little something. It had no kitchen! Which wasn’t terrible since we were only staying for one night but I mean c’mon. This is why you carefully read the description! (Lesson learned) The location however was perfect. We were in Dupont Circle which was walking distance from The White House. We took a stroll after dinner and walked down to check it out. All the townhouses around it made me feel like I was on the set of House of Cards!
The next day we wanted to get some sightseeing in before driving back home. We look Penny to The National Air and Space Museum. Which I totally recommend everyone to check out if you are in DC, whether you have kids or not. We got lucky and happened to go on a free admission day, huge plus! It is one of the coolest museums I have ever been to with huge airplanes hanging from the ceiling and tons of activities for Penny and us to play with! We spent a couple of hours there and were ready to head back home.
Ben then looked up how far The Arlington National Cemetery was which is in Virginia and the resting place of thousands of active duty service members, veterans and their families. It is also where JFK rests with a beautiful gravesite. Although Virginia was in the opposite direction of home, the distance from the National Air and Space Museum to The Arlington National Cemetery was a total of 13 minutes so of course we decided to go and pay our respects. We didn’t do a tour, we just walked around and took it all in. A lot like seeing all the names on The Wall That Heals, walking by thousands of tombstones of people who fought for this country really shakes you and makes you feel thankful. Ben and I looked at each other from time to time and just hugged each other, feeling lucky our family is whole. We headed back home after that.
Overall, we had a great trip in Washington, DC. Very different than our Aruba trip of course. Ben and I love going anywhere where you don’t need to drive and you can just walk around and sightsee. I would definitely like to go back and stay longer. Whether you have kids or not, and like to sightsee, DC is a great place to explore. It was definitely on the cheaper side too, you don’t have to pay to see anything and you can go at your own pace and see what you want to see. Whenever we go away we make sure not to have a specific agenda, somehow we tend to see and do more this way!
Some pictures below and thanks for stopping by!