Washington DC – Our Nation’s Capital

I am thinking back fondly on a trip that I recently took back in December to Washington DC, flying into Reagan airport (DCA). My girlfiend and I joined some friends for one of my good friends’ 30th birthday celebration. I have visited Dc several times and I absolutely love it, as there are so many fun things to do and I always feel full of patriotism when I am there. It was my girlfriends’ first time in the Capital. I would like to talk about some of my favorite moments from that weekend.

We did extremely well in choosing the right places to eat during the weekend. We started off with lunch at Old Ebbitt Grill right across the street from the White House, which is one of the most historic places in all of Washington DC (not even just for restaurants), hosting countless presidents and diplomats in its booths. If only walls could take… Oh, and the carb artichoke dip was one of the most glorious things I’ve ever tasted in my life. Old Ebbitt was (somehow) topped the next night by this upscale Mexican place called Dlena, where we went for my friends birthday celebration. We had a prie fixe menu of adobo chicken, seafood enchiladas, and many other delicous plates. Easy one of the best meals I have had in my life.

Exploring the National Mall took up most of the rest of the time on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – and rightfully so. We walked to the White House and then onto the Washington Monument in the Mall. From there we went over to the World War II Memorial and then the Lincoln Memorial. I am always in awe at the Lincoln Memorial and the courage Lincoln had to do right and do great things for our country. The bset part of the National Mall is the Smithsonian museums, however, which are mostly all free which is neat. We stopped in the Museum of American History to see teh civil rights movement and history of money exhibits. Everyone wanted to see the National Air and Space museum so that was our other primary stop. Unfortunately over half the museum was closed for renovation so it was not as extensive as I would have hoped. We did not get to the Library of Congress which I personally love, and disappointingly we also did not have time to go see the Declaration of Independence on display at the National Archives. The museums of art and the portrait galleries are on my llaundry list as well. Needless to say, I would like to spend a whole week at the National Mall and would not get bored.