Travel Diary: Washington D.C.

Washington DC – the perfect city hop for when New York gets all a bit much.

After being stationary in New York (besides the odd trip back to Ireland) for over a year, my travel-bug had fully manifested and was looking for the best way out of New York. Cherry Blossom festival which Washington DC (a 3-4 hour drive from NYC) is known for seemed like the perfect escape and a great start to exploring America more this year. After a hectic couple of weeks I was so happy to step into the architectural beautiful Union Station and out into the first bit of sun I’ve felt this year. Read on for a great way to spend 48 hours in Washington DC…

Day One: We checked into the gorgeous Dupont Circle Hotel in Downtown DC, a sister hotel of my beloved Westbury Hotel in Dublin. Ideal location to get around all the sights! We had a beautiful shutter-laiden window which looked down onto Dupont Circle itself & had a killer sunset view. We also ate lunch down in the bar right after arriving, totally recommend!

With two-thirds of the day left we headed straight for near-by Georgetown (home to Georgetown University, and more importantly yes, thee Georgetown Cupcakes) a very cute southern-feeling town with rows of colourful homes and a fantastic highstreet! It pretty much feels like a mini San Francisco but possibly cuter. Check out the university, the waterfront, the C/O canal for a bikeride (despite the canal seeing better days due to some maintenance), strolling around the neighbourhood homes and my personal favourite – tours of the historical houses & gardens. I’d recommend Tudor House & gardens, as well as near by Dumbarton Oaks. Theres no shortage of eateries here either with something to suit everyone! Georgetown is great if you want to do a bit of everything and its truly packed with cultural things to do. After clocking significant walking time we grabbed an early night for the marathon of sightseeing the next day.

Day Two: We did the ultimate tourist rounds of D.C. on day two. We started at the Tidal Basin, a lake surrounded by Washington’s famed cherry blossom trees. Unfortunately the blossoming was delayed due to bad weather so the blossoms weren’t in full bloom during our trip. We drowned out our blossom sorrows by renting a gigantic motorised paddle-swan and went around the entire lake laughing & soaking up the sunshine and taking in views of the different monuments! From there we headed towards the Abraham Lincoln memorial which had a pretty breathtaking view. We strolled through constitution gardens and over to the Whitehouse, where we had a little salad pitt-stop to refuel. We continued walking the gardens further east passing an array of museums and galleries (Washington is FULL of them and they are all within walking distance of each other)  nipping into the Smithsonian museum, before rushing over to the Botanical gardens before closing time. We were so gutted to be kicked out before getting to take any pictures, botanical gardens are one of my top favourite things to see when travelling. The gardens are a stone’s thrown away from the iconic U.S. Capitol building which is definitely worth taking a gander around (check out the library!).

We ended our fabulous day-two with thai food, sunday night tv, hotel bathrobes and amazement at just how far we had walked in such a short stay (I think we did like 26km on day two!). In my opinion you definitely don’t need more then 48 hours to see the best of D.C. It definitely quelled my thirst for culture temporarily! – T


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