On Thursday I got back from a weeklong trip to D.C. and Maryland. It was the first time I had ever been to either. I want to share some photos and memories from the trip so I have them to look back on and hopefully you will enjoy them, too!
Be warned: most of these pictures were taken with Snapchat so the quality will not be amazing.
I flew in Thursday morning. I didn’t love having to leave for the airport at 5 AM but seeing the sunrise from the plane was incredible.
That night, my friend that I stayed with for the week and I, plus a few of her friends, went to see Hasan Minhaj do standup at the University of Maryland. I also watched his Netflix comedy special Homecoming King later in the week and really enjoyed both shows.
Friday I took the metro into D.C. and did a walking tour of the monuments. You can pay something like $35 for this, or you can use Google Maps and do it for free like I did.
Right off the Metro, I saw the Washington Monument so that’s where I started.
As you walk to the others, you get views of the Washington Monument from different angles, which make for some cool pictures. From the Lincoln Memorial, for example, you can see the Washington Monument in the reflection pond, which was my favorite view of it.
From there, I just went in a loop, stopping at every monument or memorial that was open along the way (there were a couple that were under restoration at the time).
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
World War I Memorial
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
World War II Memorial
Friday evening, my friend and I went to her hometown in Virginia. We ate some amazing Thai food for dinner and stayed at her parents’ house that night. We also started Stranger Things Season 2. Have you watched it? So good.
Saturday we were on a quest to find her a Halloween costume, since we went to a party and out to a few bars that night. Weirdly, the party that her friends threw had a bunch of people that went to the same University as me but we hadn’t met before; it’s such a small world. I ended up wearing the pirate costume I got last year which has now been retired.
Sunday was gloomy and rainy all day, so I basically did not leave my friend’s apartment. I did, however, catch up on podcasts and YouTube videos and took a stellar nap.
Monday I went back into the city and hit as many museums as I could before 5:30 (which is when most of them close). I went to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, National Air and Space Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian.
I was surprised by how many exhibits I liked at the American History museum. That was probably my favorite museum of the day. I also broke my step record on Monday, going over 23,000 steps. 🙂
Tuesday was the last day that I had time to go into D.C. I wanted to go to as many art museums and galleries as I could, but my feet were super sore so I ended up just going to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. These are both in Chinatown, so they’re not in the National Mall where the other museums and galleries are. If I’m in D.C. again, I’d like to see the ones in the National Mall since I didn’t get to them this time.
I prefer art museums over any other type of museum and the American Art Museum did not disappoint. It’s connected to the National Portrait Gallery so you can walk through both easily and it makes for a really interesting experience because as you circle each floor you switch between very different forms of art.
After that, I just really wanted to sit for a while so I went to see Happy Death Day, which was actually a cute movie. I didn’t find it scary at all, so if you are wary of scary movies I think you can handle it! It was a little predictable, but there were definitely some points that surprised me. After the movie (and a nice rest for my feet) I walked around Chinatown for a while and that was pretty much it for Tuesday.
Wednesday I headed for the airport at 9 AM, so that was a wrap on my trip!