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TRAVELING THROUGH VIRGINIA + WASHINGTON D.C.

Last week I began to share about our trip on the east coast, beginning with my brother’s wedding in Charlotte, NC. The day after the wedding, after a quick (and absolutely delicious) breakfast at the Flying Biscuit, A & I hit the road. Our plan was to spend the first half of the day driving up to Washington DC, check in to our AirBNB, and then spend some time that evening exploring the Mall (where all the iconic government buildings are).

It ended up being a longer day of driving then we expected so we ended up taking a little lunch and coffee break in Richmond, Virginia. Lunch was at 23rd & Main in downtown Richmond and then we (read: I) was desperate for some coffee so we walked a block or so down the road and found the most adorable local coffee shop, Whisk.

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We shared this seafood pizza and it was AMAZING! We would highly recommend checking out this restaurant if you’re ever in the Richmond area.

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After refueling our bodies and rental car, we set our eyes towards DC. I had spent one day in DC about 7 years ago when I visited my older brother in Delaware, but it was a quick day and A had never been. We were excited to experience the nations’ capital together and soak up some history.

A couple of notes:
1 | The weather was miserable. We were not expecting the heat or the humidity.
2 | You walk a ton. Pack comfy shoes, bandaids (for blisters), and drink lots of water (see note #1)
3 | Learn the metro system + utilize Uber. These were both lifesavers!
4 | The food was amazing. We didn’t want to plan out our places to eat a ton because we wanted to just be able to walk and explore and then find a place to eat based on our location. Because of this, Yelp was a huge asset.
5 | Pack a portable charger. I had my camera so I knew I wouldn’t be taking a lot of pictures on my phone, but you still pull it out to check the map, look up restaurants, find the metro, etc. We were so thankful we weren’t stuck with dead phones in a major city we had basically never been to.

When we arrived on Sunday, we went straight to our AirBNB to check in, get settled, and then head towards the Mall to do some sightseeing before dinner.

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Dinner was at Capital City Brewing Company. The food was decent (not the best meal we ate on our trip) but the atmosphere was fun and it was local to the main downtown area.

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The next day (Monday) was our main exploring day and we tried to cram as much general sightseeing in as we could.

The Capital
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The Library of Congress
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The Supreme Court
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Lunch was at Chopt (thanks to a recommendation from my friend, Allison!), a local chain salad shop, and then we were desperate for a snack, preferably ice cream. We ended up finding the perfect food truck solution thanks again to Yelp + Twitter) and hauled ourselves several blocks for delicious ice cream sandwiches by Captain Cookie.

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The White House
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After walking around all day, we ended back to our place to freshen up before having dinner at Kramer Books & Afterwords Cafe in Dupont Circle. The food here was pretty good but what made it the most fun was that it is literally situated in a cool bookstore. After dinner, we looked through the shop and then wandered around Dupont Circle before grabbing some dessert at Un Je Ne Sais Quoi and heading back to our place.

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It was a very full day! Our feet were exhausted for sure. The next morning we checked out early, grabbed some coffee, and then finished our sightseeing before hitting there road to visit family in Delaware.

The Lincoln Memorial
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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (I think this was my favorite of our time in DC!)
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Arlington Cemetery
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The National Cathedral
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Even though we had an amazing time in Washington DC and loved exploring all of the historical sites, it actually wasn’t our favorite part of the trip! Check back next Friday for a look at our time in Delaware and Connecticut and then the following Friday for our favorite city – Boston!

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