Washington DC is one of my favorite cities. For some, DC is an image of an afflictive political climate but it is also a city of history and culture. Being an easy three hour trip from my home in New Jersey, DC is a perfect spot for a quick getaway. Roadtrips? History?
And on this particular trip, baseball? These are a few of my favorite things. No matter how often I visit the District, I always enjoy playing tourist.
When heading out on a road trip, I believe leaving earlier is better. There’s something about stopping to grab a coffee and navigating the nearly empty streets as the sun rises that brings me joy.
It also means getting an early start at whatever the end destination of the road trip may be. In this case, it was a 9 am tour at Fords Theater. You may be familiar with Fords as it’s the theater President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. There’s nothing like history in the morning.
After a walk through the museum, theater, and Petersen House, there is an exhibit on the aftermath of President Lincoln’s assassination with a focal point of the tower of books. This tower is 34-foot tall and made up of books written about Lincoln. It was the highlight of this bookworms visit.
The Smithsonian Institute’s museums and galleries are enough to keep me occupied every trip to Washington. On this trip, it was a visit to the National Museum of American History. It’s one of my favorites, especially Julia Child’s kitchen and the inaugural ball gowns of the First Ladies.
Washington DC also has a wonderful food scene, and based on my research (aka Twitter) is a perfect city for brunch. Brunch…I love brunch. Some of our food stops were to Old Ebbitt Grill, which is the oldest saloon in the district. There was also Otello, which was a small Italian place with delicious food and the red and white checkered tablecloths so many of us think of when we think of Italian.
My favorite stop this weekend was my first visit to the Newseum. It’s informative and there are so many interactive exhibits. It’s a place that deserves undivided attention and shouldn’t be rushed through. The view along Pennsylvania Avenue is awesome.
Take a road trip. Play tourist. Learn a little. Enjoy a lot.
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