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What to do in Washington D.C. part I

June 12, 2013

There are so many fun and frugal things to do in Washington D.C. I am going to try to condense our adventures and suggestions into two posts!

Mount Vernon

Although it’s a bit of a drive from Washington D.C. it is well worth it!  This was the home of George and Martha Washington. Mount Vernon is a peaceful, 1800’s throwback! The property is breathtaking!  There are tons of great exhibits and movies inside of the museum. My favorite thing to do is sit on the rocking chairs overlooking the water and open up a nice book!

Jumping at Mount Vernon

{Be sure to take a fun jumping picture.}


{Admiring the beautiful flowers at Mount Vernon.}

Mount Vernon

{Relaxing on the rocking chairs and a quick photo in front of the estate.}


Ford’s Theatre

There is alot to see at the theatre where President Abraham Lincoln was murdered.  As you enter the theatre, the cloak that Lincoln wore on the night of his death is displayed in the lobby.  I would suggest buying tickets for admittance during the question and answer time (usually the middle of the day.)  You can ask any burning questions regarding that night and it is much more interesting than their usual lectures. They also have a neat museum downstairs as you wait to be admitted into the theatre.

Ford's Theatre

{Outside the Theatre. Be sure to get your tickets ahead of time because there is always a line!}

Ford's THeatre

{Taking a picture with President Lincoln, and the balcony where he was killed.}

Arlington National Cemetery

This is an absolute must-do!  The moment I walked in I felt an overwhelming feeling of patriotism. I felt so proud to be an American, seeing how many people had sacrificed their lives for our freedom. The changing of the guard is amazing to watch.  These guys don’t ever stop protecting the Tomb of the Unknown, there is ALWAYS someone guarding the tomb, day and night. I would make it a point to stop by the Eternal Flame where the Kennedy’s are buried, it’s a beautiful memorial.

Arlington Memorial

{Changing of the Guard.}

Arlington Memorial

{The Eternal Flame}

Arlington Memorial

{The View from Arlington Cemetery}

The White House

Unfortunately, unless you have a letter from your local representative you won’t be able to get into the White House.  This stop usually takes a few minutes to get some good pictures from outside the gates.

The White House

The Lincoln Memorial

A must-see at night!  The lights are beautifully lit and you can look across to see the Washington Monument which is currently under construction.  The Lincoln Memorial

{The Lincoln Memorial}

Washington Monument

{The Washington Monument}

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!!!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 12, 2013 1:29 pm

    Just wanted to share my hiliarious Ecuadorian adventure witha like minded fellow writer. Hope you enjoy mine as much as I have enjoyed yours.

  2. June 12, 2013 2:35 pm

    Those White House letters have become tougher to get, but if you contact your member of Congress well in advance, there’s a system in place for them to make the request.

    If you’re traveling with people who are fit enough for it, I recommend seeing the sites by bicycle. Washington is a great biking town and most of the things worth seeing are on or near the Mall. Congress (super-easy to get a tour from your member’s office…lots of interns), most of the Smithsonians, the Botanic Garden, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, WWII memorial, FDR memorial, Washington monument, and more can all be seen with a six-mile loop. And since you bring up Mt Vernon, one of the prettiest rides you’ll ever take is the 16-mile ride down Mt Vernon trail. Start early and stop in Old Town Alexandria on the way back for lunch 🙂

  3. June 13, 2013 6:37 am

    You take absolutely great pictures!! What kind of camera are you using.

    • June 13, 2013 9:39 am

      I use a canon G12, I’m hoping to buy a Canon Rebel by the end of this year 😉

  4. moneyahoy permalink
    June 13, 2013 6:38 am

    You take really awesome pictures! They really came out great!

  5. June 17, 2013 9:51 am

    I would love to see your Capital! Arlington cemetery is definitely one place I must see in my life…


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