Taking the tourist route in Washington DC

captiol-tour-washington-dc-2016-1When I get news of a life changing event in a loved one’s life I am ready and willing to hop on a plane to celebrate. When that celebration is in Washington DC the decision to join in on the fun is that much easier as I love the capital city.  The influx of people who are there for a the short haul with an eclectic city base of all ethnicities and walks of life ensures that no matter your style there is something right up your alley in DC.  This summer as I hopped into town for my cousin’s baby shower I was able to combine celebrating my best friend with a fun city tour with my kids making this a weekend to remember.

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Of course DC is synonymous with history so when you are in the city tackling some of our national treasures should definitely be on the list. This year I sought to upgrade my experience with a tour of the White House.  The reality of this, however, is that this is a pretty hard feat to achieve and essentially impossible without a request to your senator with the required 2 weeks lead time (believe me I tried to find my way around it).  I still scored tickets to a capital tour with a capitol staffer.  It’s amazing how history is held in the walls of the capital and a tour gives you a peak into that history as well as a re3minder of the beautiful complexity and journey our government has evolved from.  On top of that the area around the capital is gorgeous and begs for a long stroll in the park.  Steps away is also the US Botanic Garden Conservatory where you can see some beautiful trees and plants and in the middle of the summer get a much needed break from the heat.

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adult-milkshake-washington-dc-2016-2 teds-bulletin-washington-dc-2016DC is definitely a walking city, but when you plan to be on the move, the choice of where to stay can have a big impact on your mobility. I love the Georgetown area.  If you are up for a couple of miles walk then you are within striking distance to great shopping, sites, and of course great food.  Although I am addicted to some of my favorites like Ted’s Bulletin (yes please to alcoholic milkshake) and Busboys and Poets, DC is a great place to just explore.  This time I made some great discoveries in the waterfront.  With the amazing views of the city and a plectra of choices catching in the views and the vibes.  Lines are a clear give away that something delicious may be brewing close at hand and the line outside of washington-dc-2016-8Oohs and Aahs did not steer me wrong.  The soul food was some of the best I ever had with creamy homemade mac and cheese and greens that were to die for.

washington-dc-2016-9With a boat load of calories that I needed to walk off, it was once again time for my favorite DC activity…Exploring. With a quick transportation system, food places galore, a ton of unique shops, and of course history around every corner I think by foot is by far the best way to spark and adventure.  As I was filling my trip to DC with firsts I set off to visit the Smithsonian museums and parks.  smithsonian-tour-washington-dc-2016This huge complex of museums can give you everything you are looking for, from art to science to history.  I went for an old reliable when it comes to traveling with kids, the National Museum of Natural History. washington-dc-2016-10This interwoven museum sleekly guides guest in an out of a flow of exhibits which is great for keeping the kids busy and occupied.  As an Smithsonian adventure includes easy access to the Smithsonian Gardens, National Mall and great views of our national treasures it was a great day where both mommy and kiddos ended tired but utterly happy.

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