Washington DC Staycation

On Friday morning Neal and I headed into Washington, DC, not for work but for a day of sightseeing.  A Washington DC Staycation!!

Washington DC Metro

Neal and I have both lived in DC for quite some time now but we both agreed that we want to make more of an effort to get downtown, to soak up the history, and to make the most of the Capital we live in.

US Capitol

Our first stop was the US Capitol.  The US Capitol Visitor’s Center is a wonderful and FREE way to see the inside of the Capitol.  The guided tour takes you into the depths of the US Capitol and gives you a sneak peek of the beautiful and wonder the building holds.

Neal

The Capitol Dome was by far my favorite part of the tour.  The history started at the floor and reached all the way to the top of the dome.  The paintings and architecture are just beautiful!

US Capitol Dome

US Capitol Dome

US Capitol Dome

The Capitol Visitor Center also connects to the Library of Congress through a tunnel, which we took advantage of.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is just beautiful.  I think it’s one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve been in here in DC.

Library of Congress

Library of Congress

Library of Congress

After our tour of the Capitol and Library of Congress we walked back over to the Capitol grounds for a walk before going to lunch.

US Capitol

While on the grounds we ran into none other than Ron Artest.  Not exactly a celebrity in my eyes, but it was fun playing Citizen Reporter for a moment via Twitter.

Ron Artest Congress

For lunch we headed over to We The Pizza.  Neal and I have been wanting to try it for quite some time now.  Though the pizza looked AMAZING, I decided to head over to Sweetgreen for a salad instead of giving into my pizza cravings.  It was a tough decision, but I’m glad I went for something healthy instead.

We The Pizza

Capitol Hill Sweetgreen

We The Pizza

Capitol Hill Sweetgreen

After lunch we walked down to the US Botanical Gardens.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE gardens, flowers, and the like.  It just makes me happy!

US Botanical Gardens

Neal and Ashley

US Botanical Gardens

Our last stop of the day was the Old Post Office Building.  We enjoyed the long walk to the Old Post Office, walking past the Capitol, Reflecting Pond, and then down Pennsylvania Ave.

US Capitol

Seagull at Capitol

The Old Post Office Building looks to be Donald Trump’s next purchase, so it may look a little different the next time we go in.

Old Post Office Building Washington DC

The inside of the building is NOTHING to look at, but the tower provides amazing views!  It’s worth the sketchy ride to the top.

Old Post Office Building Washington DC

Neal and I had a fantastic staycation and have decided to do it more often.  Sometimes you just need a day off and to stay put instead of traveling.  It was exactly what we needed!

Comments

  1. says

    Wow! I never knew that the Capitol was so gorgeous! I’ve been to DC a few times, but never made it to the Capitol building. Definitely making it a stop on my next trip. Awesome job on picking the salad over pizza. Hard choice, but a good one! I love staycations!

  2. says

    Have you tried the cafeteria at the Native American Museum (on the other side of the Botanical Gardens)? They have great ethnic foods and you can get a side dish sampler and taste lots of yummy dishes. Next staycation should include ice skating in Georgetown ….

  3. says

    My husband [and girlfriends and family] always say that we need to do more downtown! I’ve lived here my whole life and have toured all of the museums but there’s so much more – I loveee the Botanical Gardens and have always wanted to see the Post Office!

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