After a week in New York I set out for Washington, D.C.. I’ve wanted to visit this city for a long time, most of all just to see all the memorials and museums along the National Mall. I spent about 2 days there, and even though the first day was mostly spent at the Mall, I made sure to get out and see a bit more of the capital city. The first big sight I went to see was of course the White House:

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Pretty awesome to finally see this place in reality!

white house washington dc

From there I went south down to the Vietnam Memorial. What a beautiful place, with the stone almost like a mirror..

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washington dc

washington dc

Then, on to the Lincoln Memorial, also a place I had been looking very much forward to.!

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washington dc lincoln

washington dc lincoln

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And the views from there down the Mall to the Washington Monument and the Capitol is pretty amazing too.!

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From there, all the way down to get a closer look at the Capitol. It might seem like a long walk, but if you break it up with a museum on the way you won’t even notice it.

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I mentioned catching a museum. The National Mall is of course practically littered with them, so I had to pick the ones I wanted to see the most in my short time in Washington D.C. I picked the American History museum first, which I definitely enjoyed – the exhibition on the presidents and their first ladies was probably my favourite.

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They had, among much else, all the dresses the First Ladies had worn at their husbands’ inaugurations! Really spoke to the princess in me.. It’s Michelle Obama’s on the right, the red is Laura Bush’.

However, my favourite museum was (naturally) the Air & Space museum. That was fantastic! So much to see and learn, and so many cool aircraft!

washington dc air space museum

washington dc air space museum

washington dc air space museum

They have the very first plane that ever flew, the one the Wright Brothers made, and a very interesting exhibition about the brothers.

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I also very much enjoyed the exhibition on early pioneers with a lot of emphasis on Amelia Earhart.. And then there’s all the space exhibitions! Absolutely worth a visit, and, as all the Smithsonian museums, absolutely free.

Leaving the National Mall, there’s still a lot to see in Washington D.C. I went for a quick walk around downtown and stumbled on the FBI building. I’m a big fan of the tv-series Bones so it was fun to see a good few of the locations from the series.

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There are also more big and imposing buildings than you can shake a stick at – and this Chinatown entrance is hard to overlook:

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Of museums that I had on my list but unfortunately didn’t get around to are the International Spy Museum, the Ford Theatre where Lincoln was shot and the Petersen House right across from it where he died, the Newseum and the Natural History Museum, just to mention a few.

Arlington National Cemetery is most definitely worth a visit. It’s a short train ride from Downtown Washington, and large enough for you to spend an entire afternoon. Actually it’s kind of unsettling how large it is.

washington dc arlington

washington dc arlington

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier seems to attract a crowd. I happened to catch the changing of the guard – maybe that was why.

washington dc arlington

washington dc arlington

A lot of people had told me to make sure to visit Georgetown when I was in Washington D.C.. I would definitely recommend to NOT go there by car, as it is close to impossible to find parking that won’t ruin you. Aside from that – what a nice place!

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washington dc

I went down to a place called Baked & Wired down a small side street, because I had read that you could get really big and really good cupcakes there. Well, that was a succes!

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Biig cupcakes! I got a very delicious one with strawberry. Generally Georgetown seemed to be full of cool shops and eateries, and all of them very full.! I also went to the area called Adam’s Morgan, in my car, and it looked super cool and there was absolutely nowhere to park so I had to go home again without ever setting foot in the place.. Bummer.

Washington D.C. was a bunch of ups and downs for me. I loved the National Mall and the museums, and both Georgetown and Adam’s Morgan looked like super cool areas to hang out. BUT – not a nice place to have a car. Have you been to Washington D.C.? Comment below!

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