Why can't spring break last for at least two weeks? It goes by so fast, especially when it's only for one week! But thanks to my amazing parents, my spring break vacation was very well spent and planned out. The answer ... Washington D.C. obviously! As you probably guessed from the title.
I spent six days at home to relax, get some homework done (even though it's called break for a reason!), hung out with Natalie and my pooches, and did other stuff before leaving late on Wednesday night. We didn't get to our hotel in Arlington until one o'clock in the morning, so my parents and I went to bed right away so we could be ready to freshen up in the morning and go out to explore the USA capital!
After brunch, our first stop was to look at the White House. Ironically, President Donald Trump was leaving at the time we stopped by and we got to see him ride away in his car! He gave everyone watching outside a thumbs up. Typical.
After witnessing a protest (which I guess is now a common thing to occur in the city), our next stop was at National Mall, one of the best areas to explore in the city for many reasons. We got to take a glimpse of the Washington Monument, walk around the World War II Memorial (and take a picture next to the Ohio pillar of course!) and finally the Lincoln Memorial, my personal favorite place in all of D.C.
We then spent the rest of the afternoon touring more memorials such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the National Postal Museum, Ford Museum, and finally we saw the house where Abraham Lincoln died. We ended the night by shopping for some cute new clothes at Zara and had dinner at Shelly's Back Room before heading back to our hotel.
The next day was entirely based on exploring the Smithsonian, the biggest museum in the world. In the morning, after a quick trip to Starbucks, our first stop was at the Holocaust Memorial Museum. I can't really say that I "liked" or "enjoyed", but I found it extremely moving and amazing. It was more quiet compared to other museums I have visited, mainly because everyone was letting the history seek in and just found every exhibit very descriptive and devastating.
I literally felt like I was in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian while walking through the Smithsonian with my parents. Our next stops included the Smithsonian Castle, the Air and Space Museum, the Hirshhorn Musem, and the National Museum of American History. Then, we concluded the day with a good steak dinner at Martin's Tavern, the same place where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie!
Our last day we decided to spend by touring the National Archives and shopping around Georgetown. Before going to those places, we first stopped at D.C. City Center to take some pictures because it's one of the best places to take cool pictures for Instagram posts. Pink lanterns definitely work perfect for any Instagram picture, true fact!
After D.C. City Center, we stopped at the legendary Ben's Chili Bowl for lunch. We got super yummy chili dogs with french fries. Plus, we looked at the Wall of Fame and saw all of the celebrities that have visited the restaurant, Jimmy Fallon being one of them!
We learned a lot about the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and much more at the National Archives. We then took a mini trip to Washington D.C. and shopped at two consignment shops. My mom bought a nice tan winter coat and I got a pair of black heeled loafers and a Tory Burch off the shoulder white dress. I promise to write some blog posts about them soon!
After resting from a long day of walking all over the city, we got dolled up for a fancy dinner at the Trump International Hotel. It was extremely fancy, it most definitely looked like what you would expect. Chandeliers, a huge bar, fancy bathrooms (perfect for mirror selfies), awards, and girls wearing Christian Louboutin shoes that probably cost over eight-hundred dollars. Of course, the best part was a delicious steak with french fries and feeling like Julia Roberts after her makeover in Pretty Woman.
The next morning, we drove all the way back to Ohio. I wish the trip and spring break overall didn't have to end so soon, but I'm so thankful for it and I will never forget about it. Now at least I have summer break to look forward to!