Now that we have an understanding of how rare it is for our family to get away, I'm happy to report that Super Hubby cleared his schedule last Friday (and prayed for no emergencies) and we headed out on a 6-hour drive to Washington, D.C. We're used to getting in a lot of sites in a short period of time when we do get away so it's always a whirlwind of mind-blowing activity. People can't believe how much we get in, but we do and, although we're exhausted in the end, it's totally worth it. So, if you're heading to D.C., here's what we did on our short excursion.
|View from our room on the 17th floor: Arlington National Cemetery|
|And you could see the Pentagon and Washington Monument from our room.|
|And we saw the Capitol from our room, too!|
|Who can resist?|
We arrived in D.C. on Friday around 2:30 in the afternoon. After checking out our new digs (could not believe our view), partaking in the Club Level's mid-afternoon snack, we headed out the hotel lobby, walked about 30-feet, and took the escalator down to the Metro subway. After taking a good bit of time trying to figure out that whole system (see tips below) we boarded the Blue line that took us to the National Archives.
1. Only buy what you need!
2. Remember you need to get back, so double the price for round-trip.
3. Be sure to add $1 each way because you are getting the PaperFare ticket.
4. Tickets are ONLY for 1 person and are not to be shared and are non-transferrable.
5. Pay attention to Peak and Non-Peak Rates and calculate correctly.
Note: it's important to get a handle on when buildings and museums close for the day, then make your itinerary accordingly. We were lucky when we chose to go because the day of our arrival was the first day many museums extended their hours for the Spring season!
This post is getting kinda long so I'll only cover the first day...
First stop: The National Archives. That ended up being a loooong line. We waited over 30 minutes just to get into the building. It closes at 5:30 so we still had plenty of time. It doesn't take very long. The original documents are really fading. We could hardly see John Hancock's signature on the Declaration of Independence! You do stand in awe, knowing these are the originals! So, after viewing the Magna Carta (reproduction), the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence, we took off and headed to the Spy Museum.
The International Spy Museum would have normally closed at 5:30, but on the day we were there, it started it's Spring hours and extended the close time to 8:00 - woo-hoo! Works for us! Most of D.C.'s attractions are FREE, but not the Spy Museum. We used our AAA cards and got the discount! For the 3 of us, it cost about $50 for entrance. It was mostly a James Bond museum, really. Cool stuff from the movies including the Dream Mask and the Golden Gun, Golden Bullet, and Invisible Car (yes, we could see it). It was a fun experience and I'd recommend it since you're there.
We left the museum at about 7:00 and were ready to rest our tired bones on those Ritz beds when Super Hubby had us walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. We ended up at the White House, backside. It's so beautiful, and so white! We walked to the front and saw a room all lit up with the most beautiful chandelier. We could see people preparing the room for some kind of party. Hmmm, our invitation must have been misplaced. Sequester? What sequester?
It was after 8:00 when we got back to the hotel. We grabbed something at the mall's food court and took it to our room. Afterwards, we headed up to the Club Level to enjoy the dessert buffet, took in a nightcap and fell into our comfy beds. ZZZZZZ!
D.C. Part 2 - to be continued next week...