The U.S. Capitol, Washington DC

Washington DC In A Day (We Tried.)

February has certainly been an exciting month thus far. To start, I went on a family vacation with my boyfriend to go see Washington DC. Being in Raleigh, and close to I-95, we did it as a road trip.  This also happens to be the first vacation I have had in a long time, and my first vacation with my boyfriend. Personally, I had a blast even though we only had a day to spent in Washington DC.

Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
Robert Indiana, Amor. National Gallery Of Art, Sculpture Garden

All 6 of us loaded up on a Monday morning, and drove to the outskirts of DC where our hotel was. I had a lot of fun that night. I enjoyed spending time with my boyfriends family; his mom and dad, and aunt and uncle – who were visiting from Korea. We had home-made Kalbi (Korean BBQ beef short-ribs) with Kimchi for dinner – which was amazing by the way! I also learned about Korean drinking…which is definitely an experience all on its own. It was a great night.

National Mall – Washington DC

The next morning we drove into Washington DC. Let me just say, the traffic is terrible. However, we happened to find the perfect parking spot on Constitution and 7th street, right in front of the National Archives.

The National Archives, Washington DC
Archives Of The United States of America

National Gallery Of Art

We walked though the National Gallery of Art first. One of my favorites was The Voyage of Life, by Thomas Cole from 1842. They are oil paintings about the stages of life; childhood, youth, manhood, and old age.

The Voyage Of Life: Youth by Thomas Cole, 1842

You could certainly say that my preference in art leans towards landscapes and scenery.

Blindman’s Bluff and The Swing, by Jean Honoré Fragonard c. 1775/1780

While not the biggest fan of portraits, I really liked this one of Napoleon Bonaparte.

The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries
The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileriesby Jacques-Louis David, 1812.

U.S. Capitol Building – Washington DC

From The National Gallery of Art, we ventured to the US Capitol building. I have to say that compared to the day before, the weather was spectacular. We took photos at the back of the building, where they are doing construction on the dome. It was actually supposed to be finished before the 2017 inauguration, but I suspect that they are still working on repairing the cracks in the dome, as they have not cleaned up the construction site yet.

Capitol Building, Washington DC
Jacksone and I, US Capitol Building, Washington DC

I was a little taken back at how grandeur the National Mall and the buildings were. In a way, it is very Vegas-esque.

National Air And Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum was one of my favorite parts of the National Mall that we got to visit. The best part of being there on a Tuesday, and in February, was how uncrowded it all was. We didn’t feel rushed, and it left opportunities for great photos.

Ad Astra, (Latin – “from the stars”) by Richard Lippold, 1976.

All I could think about while looking at the Lunar Module was that old MTV commercial from the ’80s, and the VMA statue of the
“Moonman.”

The Lunar Module

They even have an awesome exhibit of The Wright Bros., whose Glider trials took place in Kitty Hawk, NC between 1899-1905.

The Washington Monument

I don’t think that any description I provide of the Washington Monument could really capture how amazing it is. Even from a distance, it stands strong, and tall among the other buildings in the landscape.

Washington Monument
The Washington Monument

Walking to the Museum of American History, I got some great pictures of some of the buildings. I really liked the architecture found in this area of Washington DC. The marble used in a majority of them is just stunning.

U.S. Department of Justice
Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

National Museum Of American History

The National Museum of American History

By the time we made it this far, I think everyone was getting pretty tired. We did manage to walk through The First LadiesThe American Presidency: A Glorious Burden and The Price of Freedom: Americans at War exhibits before calling it a day. I most enjoyed listening to stories about the wars from Jacksone’s dad. 

We stopped at this awesome Korea restaurant on the way back to the hotel called Taste of Korea in Chantilly, VA. Unfortunately, I didn’t grab a photo of the food. I wish I had, because it was delicious!

I definitely enjoyed Washington DC, and I can’t believe having lived in MD for so long that I never went. Staying outside of DC is the way to go, and I agree with some reviews that said taking the Metro is the best option.  I would like to go back someday and have 3 days to spend exploring the National Mall. Specifically,  I would want to make sure to visit the Lincoln Memorial, the National Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Castle. Hopefully in April, when the famous cherry blossom tress are in full-bloom!

 

Julie

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