Mar 18, 2015

Washington D.C. Getaway

Despite the craziness of the half-marathon, Jared and I had a great time exploring Washington D.C. for a couple of days. We both had been before, but it had been many years since our last visit. We drove almost all the way there Thursday night, so that Friday morning we'd have a short drive downtown for our first stop of the trip: The White House! Somewhere neither of us had been to before!
In order to get a tour of the White House you have to submit a request to your Member of Congress- the earlier the better! You can request one as early as six months in advance, but a minimum of 3 weeks in advance. They fill up quickly and are first-come, first-serve. You tell them your dates and then just take whatever time slot they give you. I was thrilled we were able to get in, but that 7:15am arrival time wasn't our favorite ;) Regardless of how early that wake-up call was, we were excited to get a peek inside.
Hello, super early morning!
It's a short tour, you only get to see a minimal amount of the White House, but it was totally worth it. Zero photos allowed, of course- but you all can google what the photos look like if you really want to ;) Jared got an amazing jumping photo right as we left and I got a very windy picture at the front gates later that day.

After the White House we headed over to the Supreme Court. They weren't in session while we were there, but we were able to sit in the courtroom and have a docent talk to our group about the history of the building and the judicial function of the S.C. Very interesting and informative. Then it was time for our Capitol Hill tour which lasted well over an hour but somehow went so quickly. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and we learned a lot of fun tidbits of history while viewing the Crypt, the Rotunda and the National Statuary Hall. We got to step out right by John Boehner's office onto the patio he sometimes does business on-- what a view!
The capitol is currently being renovated!
Sunday we started our day early checking out as many of the monuments as we could. We visited the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial before heading over to the museums.


It was tough to choose between museums because we wanted to see them ALL. We toured the Holocaust Museum which is incredible and so moving- we were there for about 2 hours and probably could have stayed even longer.
In the Holocaust Museum

From there we spent some time in the Air & Space Museum which was cool since Jared works in aviation! After that we'd hoped to finish our day in the National History museum- but it was wall to wall people so we only stopped in there for a short time. Seriously- this is how it was down every hallway and in every area!

There is so much to do in D.C. and we knew we wouldn't even come close to seeing it all in a short weekend there. I absolutely love exploring new areas with Jared. It's our goal to travel as much as we can in this life of ours- because nothing beats the memories we make while learning and doing new things together. And as always, as soon as we're done with one trip? We're ready for the next!

34 comments:

  1. how funny! I'm posting about our DC trip today!

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  2. Holy cow! You two packed in just about as much as possible!!!!! I love it! Jared's jumping picture is perfect, and so him! Haha! Those boys :) I love this. Now you have me craving a trip to learn more about our country. DC looks awesome.

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  3. Way to make the most of your time around the race to explore!! :)

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  4. I love love love DC!!!! Freddie and I are trying to get there this summer. Isn't traveling and exploring while married the best?! Y'all did a lot for the amount of time. All of that AND a half marathon? #yourock

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  5. The Holocaust Museum was my favorite when I visited a few years ago - they did such a great job with it. I love how much you were able to see around your race!

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  6. How fun! The last (and only) time I've been to DC was the day before the guard was shot at the constitution so I'd love to go back one day and explore more as an adult with it having more meaning to me. The A&S museums are always awesome :)

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  7. Ohh DC is amazing! I went in 8th grade but I want to go back sometimes with Adam! So many amazing things to see!

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  8. Looks like such an amazing DC trip!!! Y'all really hit all the highs, well done. Wish I could have been your tour guide. One day, right?

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing! We're headed to DC in April for a weekend trip, and you gave me some great ideas for our own trip.

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  10. I've always wanted to visit DC. One of these days!!

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  11. Oh wow!! I would LOVE to go to Washington DC someday! Definitely a trip that's on our vacation destination list! It looks like you guys fit in a lot in your short time there!

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  12. I didn't know your husband worked in Aviation! Mine does too =) I actually haven't been to the Holocaust Museum yet...it's funny that you posted this because I was thinking about heading there this weekend =)

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  13. Yay! This makes me want to go back to DC so badly! I've never been inside the White House, so thanks for the details on getting a tour set up. I might have to do that for our next trip! I love all the museums and monuments there and you're right - it would take years to truly see everything. I'm glad you chose the Holocaust Museum. That one is my absolute favorite - so heartbreaking, but so well-done. The room with the shoes? I was in shambles. Glad you had a great tourist bit of your trip! :)

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  14. What a great trip! DC is on my bucket list - one of these days...

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  15. all the museums are my favourite - that is crazy about the national history one! the Holocaust Museum was the most memorable museum i have ever seen, i still think about it.
    glad you guys were able to get some fun stuff in as well - that jumping photo is pretty epic.

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  16. WOW! that's crazy packed for the Museum of Natural History! I think it's funny my blog feed had you and another blog friend both posting about DC tours and the White House. Sadly, I've live in the area my whole life and never been to the White House - I didn't even know you had to put in a request!

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  17. We're about due to go back.

    The Holocaust Museum is a tremendous experience.

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  18. I've been to DC for things like concerts and races but I haven't actually done anything there since probably middle school? I want to go back and go do all the things my parents dragged me to as a kid now that I'm an adult ;) The White House tour sounds super cool, even if you didn't get to be in there long!

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  19. ahh makes me want to go back EVEN MORE! Well, I haven't been since I was in middle school, ha! I want to go to the Holocaust museum!

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  20. It looks like you really got a lot of site seeing in and made the best of your trip despite the rainy race day :) I have never been to DC.

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  21. Holy, you guys were busy bees! Would love to visit the white house one day, lucky!

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  22. So fun! We went to D.C. for a few days last summer and it was the most interesting trip we've taken in a while! We didn't get to tour the White House though, we will have to take another trip back for that!

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  23. So fun! We went to D.C. for a few days last summer and it was the most interesting trip we've taken in a while! We didn't get to tour the White House though, we will have to take another trip back for that!

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  24. My middle school does a trip to DC every year for the 8th graders. I was in 8th grade when 9/11 happened so they almost canceled our trip in January and I am forever thankful that they didn't. I absolutely love DC and your pictures make me want to go back so badly. Except I would need the tour bus that takes me to all of these places because I would have no idea how to get there.

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  25. I love DC! We have been several times now that we live so close. My favorite is the Lincoln Monument. You really can't appreciate is until you see it in person. I need to sign up for a White House tour. We've always wanted to do that.

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  26. I didn't even know you could tour the White House!!!!! Shows how much I know LOL. Even though it was a shorter trip it looks like a lot of fun!!!! Glad y'all were able to see so much! I have never been there but Matthew has. He went there and NY on his senior trip...so lucky!! You definitely got some great pictures!!!!

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  27. Looks like a great weekend despite the weather situation for the run! I think DC needs to be added to my list of places I need to see - it just keeps getting bigger and bigger! My friends brother in law plays for the Capitals so catching a game would be a must!

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  28. Wow you got a ton in! I need to get to DC! Glad you got to sight see and have some fun despite the not so greatness of the run. You are awesome for running and running in the rain...and traveling to run! Haha. Go girllll.

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  29. I would love love love to go to DC someday. How I've never been considering my major/job is probably blasphemy but I'll get there some day.

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  30. Looks like you had a blast. Natural History is probably my favorite museum. Followed closely by Air & Space. I was born in DC (Georgetown Hospital) and spent a summer earning a Publications Specialist Certificate from George Washington University. I heart DC so much.

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  31. Aw, my hubby works at the Holocaust Museum! :) Glad you guys had an awesome trip and saw some great sites. :)

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  32. DC is so fun! Being in Baltimore we are able to get a MegaBus there for $1 almost whenever we want, so it's nice to go on day trips. The last few times I have been there all of the surrounding streets around the white house were closed, so we couldn't even get to the gate. You got a great photo though! Glad you had a fun time :)

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    1. That's so nice to be able to go often- and for so cheap!! :)

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