Where on earth is there so much fun stuff to do than in Washington DC? I kid you not folks, whether you like jazzy nightlife or history, gorgeous art, neo classical architecture, awesomely beautiful gardens or just feeling like you are in the dead center of everything that is going on, Washington DC is definitely the place to be!
Hi guys, it’s me again, Shelby, and when I found out that I was coming to the Nation’s capital I was thoroughly prepared for boredom and stuffiness. I mean, come on, when most people think of DC they think of the president and congress and guys in black suits and big square office buildings where government workers slave away to collect their taxpayer-generated paycheck. Well, they’re right. You do find all of that in DC. But the thing is, they don’t tell you about all of the other stuff that makes this one of the most awesome places to visit and things to do – and all in a 61 square mile square – and yes, DC is, quite literally, a square. Well, okay, so it’s more of a rectangle than a square, but it’s definitely square-ish.
The point is, you don’t have to be a square to get a kick out of this city. There are so many fun things to do here that there is no way that I’m going to be able to cover them all in one post, so hang you’re your hat, I’m going to take you on a bit of a wild ride through the center of power in North America.
First of all, Washington DC is, like, a history lover’s dream come true. Here you’ve got so many museums and monuments that you could spend days – weeks even going through them all. But if you have to narrow it down, you can take a Hop-on-Hop-off tour of Washington DC in order to get an overview of what the entire city holds.
The Hop-on-Hop-off DC tour is given via an open-toped double-decker bus. If the weather permits, get yourself a seat on the top as this is where you’ll get the best view. I’m telling you, I got the one day pass and spent most of my first day with my camera up to my face getting pictures of all of the major national monuments and some of the really awesome buildings. You know, the Lincoln memorial, the Washington monument, the White House, Capitol Hill, the National Archives. Each of these is a work of art in and of itself, and with the hop-on-hop-off tour you can (just like it says) get off wherever you want if you want a closer look, and hop on the next tour bus that comes by. The pass is good for one or two days (depending on which you purchase) and is probably one of the best investments you’ll make.
Of course I didn’t spend all of my time on the open topped bus. I also spent nearly four days wandering through the Smithsonian Institute. The Smithsonian is not (as most people think) one museum, but rather a collection of 19 different museums and 9 research centers which are scattered across the city. But I’ll save my description of the Smithsonian for another day, as I really can’t do it justice here.
And there is absolutely no end of places to eat. Regardless of whether you grab a hot dog at one of the street side venders, grab a burger and fries at Obama’s favorite fast food restaurant (Ollie’s Trolley) or opt for dropping some real dollars at the Belga Café on capitol hill (and it is definitely worth every penny!) you won’t go hungry! And did I mention the nightlife?
No, I probably didn’t, because I don’t have the space. But seriously, don’t fret, I’m going to be here in DC for a while – there’s so much to see that it would be a crime not to stay! So I hope that you’ll bear with me as I take you with me into the museums and restaurants and clubs and hot spots of the nation’s capitol.
Sincerely (and squarely) yours!
Love, Shelby (SOS).