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Travel Series: Washington DC

October 10, 2017

Ah, Washington DC! Oh, what power you exude! It is literally the powerhouse of the country. A game-changing location where behind closed doors, the country is run. A vantage point where the powers that be oversee the gears that control the nation. In a nutshell, it’s one of the most formidable cities in the world!

As a die-hard fan of the Netflix show House of Cards, it was a surreal experience to personally witness all the monuments and majestic architecture depicted in the opening sequence of the show. Now, when we watch reruns, we can point out all the places we traversed and experienced first hand. Not to say that we had no previous knowledge of the magnificent Washington DC sights prior to House of Cards. Nothing could be further from the truth lol. After years of history and government classes, countless hours of immersing ourselves in books, and exposure to the media’s depiction of the nation’s capital, we were finally in its midst. Can you say life-changing experience!

We walked the halls of the Capitol Hill building. We explored the green lawns of the Supreme Court compound. We toured the Martin Luther King memorial, coming face to face with immortalized depictions of some of his famous speeches; quotes forever ingrained in concrete for the benefit of generations to come.  We paid our respects to all those lost in combat at the WWII and Korean war memorials. We went, we saw, we were inspired. We would never be the same again.

Given the fact that a picture is worth a thousand words, instead of bombarding you with a barrage of wording, we’ll let you experience DC vicariously through the photographs we took while there.  Disclaimer: Contrary to the photography overload,  we were only in DC for 3 days lol. Without much further ado, feast your eyes on the magnificence that is the great Washington DC!

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill

Inside the Capitol Building

Inside the Capitol Building

Inside the Capitol Building

Inside the Capitol Building

Inside the Capitol Building

Inside the Capitol Building

Capitol Hill

Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

 

Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

 

Lincoln Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

The White House

The city is chock-full of stunning architectural masterpieces. The following are a few that we were able to photographically capture.

DC Tips Based on Our Experience

  • Affordable parking spots are few and far between.  Plus the ‘meter police” will appear out of the woodwork when you least expect it. We got a ticket, while we were in the car waiting to get some change for the meter. *blank stare*  Also, DC is relatively small (well, in comparison to  Texas where we are from); therefore,  prepare for tightly squeezed parking spots. We quickly realized that Uber was a more convenient option.
  • Go to Nandos Peri-Peri for at least one meal. Their food is out of this world! Can you say finger-licking good! We especially loved their Portuguese rice and spicy chicken.
  • We also highly recommend Roti Modern Mediterranean. They hands down have the best salads we have had in a while.
  • If you can, we recommend staying at the Kimpton Carlyle Dupont Circle. We had a phenomenal stay there, and previously wrote about our experience here.
  • Do the City Bus Tours. Trust me, it will save you the time and hassle of trying to see all those sights separately. We totally enjoyed our hop-on, hop-off bus tour via DC Trails Tour. Our tour guide was beyond hilarious and absolutely knowledgeable about the history and current affairs of DC. For a two day pass, we got to see a host of monuments and tourist attractions that we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to see within our limited time frame. Note that our tickets also covered a twilight tour which entailed exploring the city’s sights by night. We highly recommend the experience.  Insider info: If you sign up for the Twilight Tour, be sure to line up at least an hour before the bus departs, if sitting on the top deck of the bus is your cup of tea. Those seats fill up pretty fast.
  • If you choose to traverse the city sans the guided tours, The National Mall area (where majority of the monuments and memorials are located) would be a great place to start.
Our trip to Washington DC will go down in our travel history as being one of our most memorable trips. We will definitely be back to visit. When? Time will tell. Meanwhile, a whole world to explore awaits us. Stay tuned for more from our travel series adventures in future posts.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Amber Myers October 10, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Oh wow, your photos are so stunning. I’ve always wanted to go to Washington DC before. There is so much to see and do! I think we would do a bus tour.

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 23, 2017 at 11:29 pm

      Thanks so much! Yes, a bus tour is an easy and convenient way to see a ton of sights hassle-free.

  • Reply Cara @ Street Smart Nutrition October 11, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Wow, these are some amazing photos! I’m planning on a trip to D.C. next year so I’ll have to check back and read your travel tips again before then.

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 23, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      Thanks so much. We’re glad that our experience will be helpful to you.

  • Reply Erin Creeks October 11, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Great tip about the parking. I would have to Uber before I spend all day trying to find parking. Otherwise looks like a beautiful trip, and your images are just gorgeous.

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 23, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      Thanks so much! Yes, Uber is your best bet out there.

  • Reply Nicole Aguilar October 11, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I haven’t been to DC in so long. Your photographs are beautiful!

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 23, 2017 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks a bunch! It was easy enough to do- DC has beautiful sights pretty much everywhere.

  • Reply Deimarys October 12, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    This post is definitely a great guide to DC. I really want to get the kids there. So many places to go, so many things to do!

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 23, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      Yes, there is is so much to do- both for kids and adults.

  • Reply Amy Dong October 13, 2017 at 2:59 am

    So jealous but yet happy for you to have visited all that! It is so amazing 🙂 My 8th grader’s class is headed there next week and I SO wish I were running the Marine Corps Marathon there next week as well.

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 23, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      Wow! I hope you have a great time out there!

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