Washington, DC – A city rich with history and charming neighborhood nooks that make you want to stop and stare.
It’s safe to say my four-day visit here was jam packed with sightseeing and exploring. With little time and a lot to see (and eat) I documented every part of my journey to feature my experiences. There is so much you can see in just a few days!
Enjoy my Washington DC recap of my father and I’s adventures!
Day 1: Touch Down DC
Landing in DC at around 4:00pm, I made my way to the Hyatt Regency Downtown DC to get ready for dinner with my dad. My dad travels to DC often for work and I was able to meet a few of his friends at dinner. My first dinning experience in DC was at The Capital Grille on Pennsylvania Avenue. And wow – was it amazing. Steak, shrimp, salmon, delicate desserts, Brussel sprouts and so much more.
Finishing dinner about 3000 calories and 3 hours later, we had a night cap at the famous Monocle. On the walls hung signed pictures of politicians in red frames that matched the charming, yet dated décor.
I founded myself in deep conversation with a lobbyist on the future of our country. Let’s just say it was entertaining and educational. He was able to explain the way congress, districts, and the game of politics was played. I left the discussion feeling a bit overwhelmed and with the slight urge to join politics…. I’ll keep you updated on this newfound interest. If you want to run into politicians and the people who run this country, check out the Monocle.
Day 2: Cultural Delight
Our day didn’t get started until about 12:30 due to work and meetings. But we shifted our day into fifth gear and engaged our inner tourist mode.
The Dubliner for lunch did not disappoint. No eggsaggeration, I had the best Egg Cobb Salad (see what I did there?). This Irish pub sat adjacent from Union Station drawing a lot of foot traffic. This was great for people watching as we enjoyed our outdoor table.
Onto the Washington National Cathedral we went! I had been here for before when I was 10, but I barely remember it. But I don’t think I will ever forget this time. This cathedral and surrounding gardens took my breath away. Our $11.00 ticket was well worth it. We joined a guided tour to learn the history of the cathedral, then found ourselves wandering the high vaulted hallways, studying the intricate stain glass windows along the way.
Then it was time The Bishop’s Garden behind the cathedral much to my anticipation. I had seen pictures of the euro-style garden online and couldn’t wait to take it in with my eyes.
I wasn’t disappointed.
There are few words that could accurately describe how much I enjoyed The Bishop’s Garden. I’ll leave it at this.
It was heavenly.
Then, our stomachs called and demanded Chinese cuisine. So to China Town we went!
We enjoyed an authentic chinese meal at Tony Cheng’s before making our way to The Union Station.
Union Station was a dream. The atmosphere was like every romantic movie climactic scene I’d ever seen, people bustling around trying going their sepearte ways. Some in a hurry. Some just reading the paper on a bench in the middle of the station.
Here is where we purchased our tickets to the Old Town Trolley Night Tour. Hands down, this was the best decision we made the entire trip.
On this three hour night tour we got to see the Iwo Jima Memorial, FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, Korean War Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and so much more! Granted, we only made three stops, but for my short attention span it was perfect for me. I still got to take in the sights and stop at the main attraction monuments, all while listening to a well informed, witty tour guide on an adorable old town trolley.
My favorite was the FDR Memorial.
A cool evening, with lingering summer humidity in the air, made our night tour that much more amazing.
Tired and worn out, we returned to our hotel ready for a good nights rest!
Day 3: Chilling History and Charming Nooks
After a morning filled with work and conference calls, we walked across the street from our hotel to Art and Soul. This restaurant was simply amazing. Their service was impeccable and my dad and I loved the outdoor seating atmosphere. We both ordered Salmon Burgers and left very happy. If you are in the DC area, this eatery is a must.
After lunch, we made our way to the Holocaust Memorial Museum. To say it was chilling would be an understatement. It was raw and real. In every room, there were interviews playing on a loop of survivors sharing their stories. Sharing stories of neighbors turning them in for being Jews, stealing their belongings, and parading them through the streets. It was so eye opening to hear the stories of friends and neighbors turning on each other as a result of fear.
I will never forget this museum.
Upon leaving the museum downtown, we made our way to the charming neighborhood of Georgetown. At this point in the day it was pouring down rain. Amidst the rain, my dad and I huddled under an umbrella and walked along the main street, ducking in and out of stores along the way. We ended our Georgetown adventure at Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place.
Day 4: Heaven on Earth
With a cup of coffee and a quick continental breakfast, we made our way to the United States Botanic Gardens.
This place was magical. I honestly felt like I stepped into a different world as my feet crossed the threshold into this oasis. I will never be able to come back to DC again without coming here.
After the leaving the Botanic Garden, we made our way to the Washington City Center. This is a newly developed area consisting of high end shops and chic restaurants. As our stomach began to growl we locked eyes on Fig and Olive and had to eat here. It was the best meal I had in DC.
We ordered three crostini’s (shrimp/asparagus, goat cheese/caramelized onions, and prosciutto/ricotta) for an appetizer. Then I ordered Quiche Lorraine with rosemary cheese and gruyere cheese and my dad ordered the Riviera Poached Eggs with Salmon. The entire meal was filled with flavor. We left with smiles on our faces.
See the full Fig and Olive menu here.
After lunch, it was time to head to the airport. Washington DC surprised me with how much there was to see and do. It was rich with culture and free activities. Not only did I learn about our country and the history of the sacrifice and hard work of our founding fathers and those across the world, but I got to spend quality time with my dad. It was everything I had hoped for and more.
I hope you enjoyed this travel guide. Washington DC is definitely on my list of cities to visit again. I hope it’s on yours now too!