Have you ever touristed (is that even a word) by yourself? For the first time in my life I explored a new place on my own. Not just walked around - but went to museums, got on a tour bus, and experienced a new territory. I had never tried this before, and let me tell you - it is so worth it! Now don't get me wrong, traveling with a companion (especially my husband) is just as good of an experience. However, when alone you are able to soak it all in - no distractions. You can take your time, decide where you want to go, change your mind, or simply do nothing. Usually, I am always trying to think ahead to the next thing - trying not to waste time. Not this time. Even though I made a plan the evening before, I followed my heart's desire. There were a few places that I didn't g et a chance to go to, but totally ok with that.
But, back to the actual trip. In total - I was able to explore 3 full days on my own. This time of year - it's H U M I D and around 89-92 degrees. This is the main reason I decided not to see a few things. I love my San Francisco weather and cannot stand heat. Most of the monuments we saw at night. So I hopped on a tour bus; you know the big double deckers ones?! Now, I know what you're thinking - "SUCH A TOURIST". And I will agree with you it is, HOWEVER! It is such a great way to make a list of what you want to see when you're walking around. The tour guide gives you some insider tips that you probably wouldn't find on your own either. Because of this tour I was also able to get a good idea of where everything was - memorials, museums, etc.
When it came to food; you know every city has that place or places that you just HAVE to go to? Or something you just can't get anywhere else? I feel like DC lacked in this area. Obviously - coming from SF new places to eat pop faster than affordable places to rent. DC had no specialty restaurants. A few places that got some good reviews were Astro, Beef N Bread, and Old Ebbitt Grill. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I'm pretty good at finding the local flavor, mom n pops, and hidden treasures in any city. But DC sure gave me a challenge. These 3 spots were pretty good, but not ground breaking. Although we did get some Shake Shack, and Kenneth was not amused. I still loved it from the 1st time I had it in New York.
Overall, DC was an amazing place to visit - I would love to go back and see the Botanical Gardens, a few more Smithsonians, Georgetown, and U Street. Until then, catch ya'll on the next blog!