4 Reasons You Should Visit Washington D.C.

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It’s no secret that I’m sort of a political nerd. So, visiting the capitol has been a dream of mine since I dressed up as a Congress Woman for career day in 3rd grade. Complete with briefcase, blazer, and ball point pens. We didn’t get to spend NEARLY enough time there. I didn’t see Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or the Library of Congress. But what I did see, blew my pea-brain into oblivion.

Thinking of visiting D.C. but not sure it’s worth it. THINK AGAIN.

4 reasons you should visit Washington D.C. and the Lincoln Memorial

1. IT HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

For history buffs, artsy fartsy types, science geeks, and political nerds, the National Mall is the place to be. If you’re a human being, you’ll find more than one thing to like about D.C. Art museums, monuments, memorials, nature, you name it. Something there will entertain you. And for a good chunk of the day.

Hello? Smithsonian anyone?!

Smithsonian Castle Washington D.C.

They even have a castle.

2. IT CAN BE SUPER DUPER CHEAP

Cheapskates can have a good time too. The National Mall is technically a National Park minus the entrance fee. So it’s basically all free. Not kidding. The museums, the archives, the zoo, and the monuments have free admissions. I’m being serious. Fun + free admission = a splendid time for all.

Husband is a money worrier. Everyone has that person who constantly says “how much is that going to cost?!” He’s mine. I love him for it, because it keeps us on track, and responsible, blah blah blah. But when we’re on vacation… he’ll get the angry eyes from me more than once on the issue. In D.C. however… he tried to find somewhere to complain about this and couldn’t. Ha! Point for Wife!

Washington Monument at the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Washington Monument from the ground up. Coolest way to see it.

The White House Washington D.C.

You can even wave to the President for free.

3. IT HAS ART

The Smithsonian has a plethora of art museums to choose from. From classic to modern. Paintings to sculpture. Master works, guys. Amazing stuff. This also ties into reason #2. THEY’RE ALL FREE. Stare at the art all day. Do it. I did.

Renoir Painting at the American Art Museum in Washington D.C.

Dude… I’m talking MASTERPIECES.

4. IT CAN TEACH YOU STUFF

Science, history, government, technology… The list is infinite. I can’t wait to go back and learn more of the stuff! I’m a nerd, though. Knowledge is attractive to me. I was seriously in intellectual heaven in D.C. They’ve got things for kids and grown ups to absorb. I’m a space geek, so we went to the Air and Space Museum. I’m also fascinated by history and politics, so I dragged Husband to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence. He had to drag me out hours later because they were closing. There is just SO MUCH to see and take in. Gah! So much!

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SPAAAAAAACE!!*

 

See? You HAVE to visit D.C. It’s just one of the coolest cities I’ve ever been to. And, not to brag, but I’ve been to a whole slew of places. This one, though. Top o’ the list. Obviously, there are more than 4 reasons to acquaint yourself with America’s capitol city. But I’d be here all night spewing fact after fact, about every monument and why it’s awesome. Just go there, so you and I can talk about why we love it, okay?

Also, quick note about the Lincoln Memorial up at the top of the post… We visited the memorial at the end of our day. Before then we visited the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (home of the Space Shuttle Discovery) and the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, so we were borderline exhausted. The walk from the Archives to the Lincoln Memorial seemed NEVER-ENDING. But! As I said before, I insisted we make the trek. IT WAS SO WORTH IT. Even Husband said so, and he’s not even American. He really thought it was a cool sight see.

Anyway. I cannot recommend Washington D.C. enough. And if you do go, make sure you visit Abe. There’s a feeling of hope and peace there, that isn’t matched. It’s nice to look out over the Reflecting Pool with Lincoln at your back being his wise and serene self. To sum up, it’s just… nice.

*The Space Shuttle Discovery is actually at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (which is basically the hangars for the Air and Space Museum. It’s where they keep the BIG stuff.) It’s 30-40 minutes west of D.C. Still free admission, but parking is $15. WORTH IT.

 

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Springtime in Vegas

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As promised, I’m here to speak to you about Las Vegas. The party in the desert. An oasis in a sea of brown.

Flowers in the The Bellagio in Las Vegas Nevada

Boom! That’s what I’m talking about.

Flowers. Flowers everywhere. At least, in the Bellagio.

When in Vegas, I always make it a point to visit the conservatory just beyond the lobby inside the Bellagio. They change it seasonally, so there’s usually something new for me to see. This time, it was spring on steroids. Awesome. It smelled all flowery, there were gorgeous water features, and incredible botanical art pieces.

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See?! And! There was a turtle…

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It was just so lovely.

If you’re looking for a free thing to do, and need to escape the heat, head inside the Bellagio and relax in nature. Breathe in the zen and happy.

Bonus: Go through the hotel’s lobby. The blown glass sculpture is breathtaking. I get dizzy staring at it, and love it.

Blown glass art sculpture inside the Bellagio in Las Vegas Nevada

Art sculpture at the Bellagio in Las Vegas Nevada

Wanderlust Wednesday 3.19.14

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So I’ve decided that every Wednesday I’m going to post about a place we haven’t been, but are weeping inside (or out loud) because we’re DYING to go. This week…

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PARIS!!

I know… I know… It’s kind of cliche. Or, like 100% cliche. BUT I DON’T CARE. I can’t care. I won’t care! It’s beautiful, and fantastic, and magical, and one day we’ll go there and all will be right with the world!

On a calmer note: I’m a big fan of art. And a little gem known as The Louvre happens to reside in Paris. When we do make it there, it may be difficult for me to not spend the ENTIRE visit at this phenomenal palace of all things art and happiness. Man… We’re going to have to stay in Paris for at least a month in order for me to see all I want to see.

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How could you NOT want to stand here?!

One day we’ll get there, and then I’ll write about it on this blog, and then you’ll all be so happy for me, and then everyone can live happily ever after.