It's a snow day here in Portland and not being able to go anywhere for a few days due to icy roads, hail and quite a few inches of fluffy snow has a way of making me think about getting the heck out of here. Don't get me wrong, I love being snowed in, but when it melts and we're only left with the cold, it's not going to be as magical. So, I'm thinking about my next big trip, which is going to be tot he East Coast. We're going to spend two weeks between Williamsburg and Virginia Beach, VA and Washington, D.C. I'm pretty excited, because it's been over 20 years since I've been in Virginia and it's been long overdue to get back. I've never been to D.C. though, and Eric has never been to Virginia, so it will be new for both of us.
I can't wait to take Eric to places I spent my childhood and we're both thrilled to get the chance to visit the White House, since neither of us have done it. This is why on this snowy weekend, where two big occasions were either rescheduled or cancelled due to weather, we're looking at planning what we'll be doing on our trip. I share with you our Washington, D.C. wishlist!
This photo of White House is courtesy of TripAdvisor
You can't really pass up a free tour of the White House, even if you can't bring your camera or lip balm or a pen inside with you or if it is difficult to request.
This photo of Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool is courtesy of TripAdvisor
I have to pay a visit to the memorial of one of this nation's best presidents. I see that I can also visit the Ford Theater, so that may well be on my list, too.
This photo of Smithsonian Institution Building is courtesy of TripAdvisor
There are free things to do all over D.C., especially on the National Mall. Freebies, and historic ones at that, are kind of hard to pass up.
This photo of United States Botanic Garden is courtesy of TripAdvisor
I'm already going to be at the White House, so the Botanic Garden and all its glory is calling me. Look how gorgeous this picture is!
This photo of International Spy Museum is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Call me a nerd all you want, but ever since I saw Samantha Brown from the Travel Channel go to the Spy Museum, I can think of little else when Washington, D.C. comes up. I mean, spies! Awesome!
This photo of Hard Rock Cafe is courtesy of TripAdvisor
There's not resisting a chance to grab a meal and a t-shirt at a Hard Rock Cafe for me. I don't know what it is, but I love them. I especially enjoy when they have a local special. I always know my meal will be delicious, and I enjoy seeing rarely seen videos and rock memorabilia.
What do you think? Where should I go when I visit our nation's capitol?