Happy Monday! This Monday is a little different for me because I’m starting my new job here! I was thinking this weekend of what I wanted to post on the blog this week, and I realized I haven’t really talked much about DC! Daniel and I are from Arkansas, and we lived in Nashville together for a year (Daniel lived there for 2!), so DC is very different! I’ve had several people ask me what they should do here while visiting so I figured I’d just make a post about it!
Daniel and I have had a few people visit us out here, so we’ve kind of figured out a good 48 hour DC whirlwind tour! This guide will definitely be helpful if you’ve never been here before!!
I would take a few hours and walk and see all of the monuments if you never have. I’ve done this countless times now, and they are still just as incredible as the first time I saw them! There’s a really easy loop that you can take where you see the MLK Jr. memorial, Vietnam War memorial, Korean War memorial, Lincoln memorial, WWII memorial, Washington Monument/Reflecting Pool, Einstein memorial. It’s about 2ish miles to walk and see them all so be sure to wear comfy shoes!
Outside of this loop is the White House, the Jefferson Memorial, the United States Capitol, and the Arlington Cemetery.
It takes about 2-3 hours walking to see all of these!
Also! All of the museums and monuments and everything are free!
I would plan on visiting 2-3 Smithsonians. The length of time it takes to get through a Smithsonian really depends on how long you want to spend in it! You could easily spend all day in one museum if you want to. I’m not much of a museum kind of girl, so I tend to walk through them a bit faster! Sorry if y’all love museums haha! My favorites are the Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum! These are much more interactive than a normal museum. I recommend walking to get to the museums because it’s basically impossible to find parking! If I see a parking spot, I grab it and then walk for the rest of the day!
When my little brother visited, we went to 4 Smithsonians in one day and we were exhausted! It’s definitely doable if you have several that you want to visit!!
I would definitely look at what art installation is at the Renwick gallery and see if you are interested in that! The National Portrait Gallery is also great! I really love the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden as well. AH! All of the museums are so cool and so different!
I also really found Ford’s Theatre to be so interesting. They have a museum section set up where I learned so much information about Lincoln and the assassination. (I’m a history nerd you guys.I really love this stuff!)
Again, wear comfy shoes!!! Don’t underestimate the walking here!
I think Georgetown is so cute! It’s definitely crowded, especially on the weekends, but if you can go during the week it is honestly adorable. When Daniel and I visited DC for the first time, we stayed in Georgetown and loved it!! Georgetown is a great place to visit if you want to shop and eat!
Daniel and I love Ted’s Bulletin. They make their own poptarts! That’s probably why Daniel and I keep going back haha! The breakfast is great and the poptarts are awesome!
Farmers Fishers Bakers is great for weekend brunch!
We love Founding Farmers! They have several locations, and a great menu. The atmosphere is also really cool.
Pizzeria Paradiso is a great pizza place in Georgetown if you’re staying nearby! Daniel and I stumbled upon this place and loved it!
Martin’s Tavern is a special restaurant! It’s in Georgetown, too. Supposedly, JFK proposed to Jackie in Booth 3 of Martin’s Tavern. They’ve named it the “Proposal Booth” and you can make a reservation for that specific booth. They have other booths and tables that have historical meaning as well. (Again, I love history so this was such a fun place to eat at! When we were eating there I kept hoping the couple in Booth 3 would get engaged haha!)
Old Ebbitt Grill is also a great place! I feel like this is just an iconic place that everyone knows about! Ha!
District Taco is also good if you need a quick lunch spot while running around DC!
Georgetown Cupcake! Okay listen, I don’t get the hype but I know there is hype, so if you want to go just to experience it I understand!
Lauderee. Oh my goodness, my favorite place. It is so pretty inside and has the most incredible desserts. If you’ve never been, I definitely recommend it.
Baked & Wired is another great dessert/coffee place! It’s also in Georgetown! (I know all of these dessert places are in Georgetown, I’m sorry!!)
Okay! That’s basically it I think! Again, this is definitely a guide if you’ve never been here and want a DC crash course! Once I’ve lived here a bit longer, I’ll probably do a guide that’s more comprehensive with some less tourist-y places if anyone is interested!!
If you guys are ever visiting and need help figuring out what to do, let me know! You can always email me or DM me on insta (@haileywilky)!
That’s it for today!
See you next time!