On a scale of 1-10, how addicted are you to the TV series, Homeland?! How about Netflix’s House of Cards? I’d say that I’m ABOUT… an 18 on 10. Homeland is actually one of mine and S’ most binge-watched TV shows EVER! And I remember back to having watched the first two seasons in full, in one weekend. We were hooked! House of Cards is my current television addiction. I’m way behind but I’ve made the conscious decision to take it slow, one episode at a time… having learned from the sleepless nights, and under-eye bags that Homeland brought to my life. But it was totally worth it! 🙂
I bring up both TV shows because both are set in Washington DC (for the most part). And, as you know, I recently visited Washington on a trip with my heart mate.
Now, I’m not going to go all “I visited Washington because I grew up on these shows” like I did with New York City because of shows like Friends, Will & Grace and The Nanny. But the shots of Washington DC that are in the opening and filming of both Homeland and House of Cards, DID dictate a lot of our sight-seeing. When you’re visiting somewhere like Washington DC, there is so much to see. You’d probably want to do some research beforehand to make sure you know exactly what sites you want to see. However, if you’re unsure of what Washington has to offer tourists, it might be a good idea to try and book some dc tours to make sure you don’t miss anything! If you’re booking onto one of those tours, you’ll probably visit some of the same sites we visited. Of course, there are so many things to see, so you won’t see it all. One of my friends recently moved over to Washington and I am a bit jealous. It’s such an interesting place. She moved into one of those apartments found at https://thegantrydc.com/. They are really nice apartments. Maybe I’ll move there one day, you never know. For now, we’re just tourists though. Keep reading to see some of the best places we visited!
Like the Capitol lit up at night in the opening of House of Cards – I had to see it for myself!
And when we were visiting the Capitol, exploring the grounds and the parks, it really did feel like Carrie and Saul were nearby sitting on a bench, plotting! It was almost like we were in an episode of Homeland ourselves! Corny I know, but cool at the same time!
We also visited The White House (hoping to get a glimpse of Michelle & Barack – to no avail), Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and some super cool museums (mentioned below).
While sight-seeing was important to us, so was Washington’s food scene!
I had seen some photos of the acai bowls from Fruitive on Instagram before our trip and took note of their new location in DC! They’re originally from Virginia Beach, and serve an all organic, plant-based menu of smoothie bowls, cold pressed juices, avocado toast and so much more! This was totally up my alley and come Saturday, after two days of working from the hotel room, I needed me a delicious acai bowl for a weekend brunch!
To Georgetown Cupcake or Not to Georgetown Cupcake?!
So many of you who live in the US, have likely heard about Georgetown Cupcakes – yes? A friend of mine who visited Washington a year ago had told about Georgetown Cupcakes, and when I was down in Boston for a conference last year, I had walked by their shop but hadn’t tried any cupcakes! Now, when I was in Washington, I had made it my mission to try one until I mentioned it to a friend (local to Washington) over dinner, and she had recommended an even better cupcake shop!
Red Velvet Cupcakery is THE GO-TO for delicious, moist, freshly baked cupcakes in Washington DC!
Given that I still have yet to try a cupcake from Georgetown, I can only comment on the ones from Red Velvet Cupcakery, and oh my Goodness Scrumptious, they are to die for! One bite felt like I had died and gone to fluffy cupcake heaven! They were so moist and light at the same time. I had ordered the “Southern Belle” and S ordered the “Devil’s Food” and both were sinfully delicious!
For the best #views of Washington DC, we headed to the W Hotel.
A friend of mine who’d been in DC recently had recommended the W hotel for beautiful views of the city and monuments. She was without a doubt, absolutely right. S and I sat atop the rooftop patio for pizza and cocktails one night, and we had the most breathtaking views of the city sunset. Not to mention a direct line of site of The White House, the Washington Monument and Washington DC’s gorgeous skyline.
What would a trip to a new city be without checking out the art?!
Ok, so I know museums aren’t necessarily everybody’s jam, but they’re definitely mine. I can’t help but gravitate towards the arts and culture of a new city, must be my exploration gene! One of my favourite museum visits was to the Institute of Art in Chicago that I shared in my Things to do in Chicago blog post. In Washington DC, I was dying to check out the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but it was opening just one week after we left! It was featured in a Vanity Fair article I’d read, which indicated that it was the largest collection of African American art worldwide!
A quick list of museums we visited that I’d recommend are:
- The Smithsonian
- The National Air and Space Museum
- The National Gallery of Art,
- The Newseum
- The Smithsonian American Art Museum
- And of course, The Washington Capitol!
What did I miss?!
Do you have any must-visit recommendations for Washington DC? Did I miss any life-changing attractions or sights? I’m hoping to visit again next year to cover all grounds, so definitely let me know in the comments section below!