Remember I told you about my first road trip in the last video? Well, that same road trip is what took me to Washington D.C. for the first time, and here I am again.
I love D.C. It’s a walkable city with multiple attractions, which for the most part are FREE. Between the memorials, the Smithsonian museums, the White House, and delicious food, you’ll never run out of things to do.
During my visit, I stayed at Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington D.C. Convention Center. I loved that the hotel was in close proximity to the National Mall, White House, Museums, and a variety of restaurants. Location is everything to me when traveling. Moreover, the hotel offered FREE breakfast. Not a continental breakfast, but a full on buffet, cooked-to-order breakfast. Additionally, they had complimentary appetizers and beverages at the nightly evening reception. The staff was incredibly sweet, and always willing to help. I had issues connecting to wifi in my room. Everyone tried to help me, but the wifi wouldn’t work. That’s really the biggest negative, which I know is a major one, but all the other details overshadow that issue. Since I wasn’t doing anything major, I didn’t really need my computer, if not, I would’ve gone crazy.
Now, going back to my visit. Please find information below for each spot I visited:
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500
The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800. Thousands of people line up to have their photos taken.
The National Mall is a national park in downtown Washington, D.C. Here you will find the monuments and memorials, and surrounding the mall are the Smithsonian museums. The memorials I visited are the following:
Lincoln Memorial – 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037
The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument.
World War II Memorial – 1964 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20227
The World War II Memorial is a memorial of national significance dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II.
Washington Monument – 2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20024
The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
(7:30 p.m. during extended hours)
Closed December 25
The Smithsonian offers eleven museums and galleries on the National Mall. One of them being the National Air and Space Museum, which I thought fit best with the blog.
The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, also called the NASM, holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. I share one of the stories in the vlog, but you’ll also come across Amelia Earhart’s red plane that she flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the ACTUAL plane! If you’re into aviation, you will love this museum. Give yourself about three hours.
511 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
TIPS FOR YOUR VISIT:
- Every visitor needs a ticket.
- We have timed-entry every half hour. Museum and theatre are not included in every ticket.
- An entire site visit lasts ~2 hours.
- March-July is our busy season. To guarantee tickets, reserve in advance.
- Same-day tickets are limited. Box Office opens at 8:30 a.m.
Ford’s Theatre is a historic theatre in Washington, D.C., used for various stage performances beginning in the 1860s. It is also the site of the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865.
Although this museum isn’t FREE, it only cost $3, which is well worth it with everything you learn and get to see. The theatre does hold live stage performances regularly, so make sure to check their schedule for tickets.
During your visit, you’ll step back in time and learn about the events of April 14, 1865. With your ticket, you may also get to visit the Petersen House, which has been furnished to appear as if it were the night of Abraham Lincoln’s death.