When your given only 24 hours in Washington D.C., what would you do? White House, nah! Cherry blossoms, yeah if it's in season!! Yayoi Kusama exhibit, for sure if your going before May 14, 2017!!!
Knowing my day-cation to the Capital would be over in a sneeze, my focus was only on those two things, and if accomplished I'd leave content. But after my three hour snooze on the Acela train I was energized upon arrival into Union Station, and hit the ground running! Don't you love it when your blessed by more minutes in a day then you thought possible? Here's a list of my hits to begin your pre-planning when you go.
SEE + DO
AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM:
If I didn't get into the Yayoi Kusama exhibit my plan was to visit this new, much buzzed about Smithsonian museum. Timed entry passes must be reserved in advance, or they release a limited number of passes daily online at 6:30am, or at the door at 1pm. I did manage to get tickets online, but ran out of time since I got into the Infinite Mirrors exhibit. I will definitely be coming here the next time I'm in town though. If you don't have time to tour the museum, it is still worth a walk by. The architecture alone was something to ponder over. Bronze metal lattice that incases the facade of the three tiered building. STUNNING workmanship that looked like jewelry.
Home of Georgetown University. Young college town vibe. Fun neighborhood filled with colorful, historical row houses, lots of shopping, and dining options to spend a whole day there. When there look out for this wall. A rendering of Hokusai's wave. Found at 3510 O street.
This is where you will find the current Infinite Mirrors by Yayoi Kusama exhibit I have talked about numerous times! Besides that highlight you will find a varied collection of modern and contemporary art and sculptures.
America's version of the Pantheon. Home to Thomas Jefferson's memorial site. It is my favorite D.C. landmark, day or night. The marble steps, ionic order columns, dome and the engraved inscriptions from the Declaration Of Independence on the walls is an architectural Neo - classical stunner. Open to visit 24 hours.
THE NATIONAL MALL:
It is not a shopping 'mall'! It is a 1.9 mile long national park between the Capitol steps and the Lincoln Memorial. Plenty of landmarks and museums line the street. The perfect place to check off the tourist attractions and go museum hopping. Majority of them are Smithsonian museums, which are all free. That's the beauty of Washington, D.C. Take advantage of it!
Cherry blossom heaven when in season! Around the 1.8 mile reservoir you will also spot the big 3: Jefferson Memorial, MLK Memorial and FDR Memorial. Stroll along the reservoir, or get in a paddle boat and enjoy the scenery. It's beautiful and makes the perfect photo - op.
The elevator to get to the top is closed and under renovation till Spring 2019. Unfortunate because I'm sure you can get amazing views of the city from up top.
ASTRO DOUGHNUTS & FRIED CHICKEN:
Famous for their fried chicken doughnut sandwich. But UGH it's Lent! Instead I settled for the flavor of the month doughnut…Cherry Blossom. So pretty!
BAKED & WIRED:
This cozy neighborhood coffee shop located in Georgetown, was conceived by a wife who loves to bake and a coffee lover husband. The perfect match serve scrumptious homemade cupcakes, cookies, and other sweet treats along with your morning or afternoon pick me up. They're also famous for their napkin wall. Leave your mark - doodle something and add on to it.
Craft pizza, options to customize, made in a conveyor belt line, and served in an oblong shape. What does D.C know about pizza? More then us New Yorkers think they do! It was good, made from fresh ingredients, organic and gluten free dough, and cheese produced by themselves. Their 'Gnarlic' white pie was the bomb and their 'Cinnamon Toast' made an awesome breakfast pizza. Don't judge - they were located in my hotel, and that was the closest to room service I could get!
A brand new hotel that has been opened as long as President Donald J, Trump has been in power! Yup, they opened the day before inauguration. Such a cute, fully re-furbished hotel, full of character even though micro sized and compact. But what makes up for the lack in room size, is the price point, amazing staff who gave me an upgrade to a King size bed room, clean minimalistic designed rooms, and the hipster bar in their lobby. If you don't plan on spending a lot of time in your room, then I do recommend this gem.
Washington, D.C. is a beautiful old town, comparable to London. Definitely not high energy like NYC, but quaint like Boston, and great for lovers of the arts. Best way to explore is by foot. Beware though, their blocks are double the size of NYC blocks! They said ten blocks…uhm I was walking miles!! HA. Cherry blossom season is forecasted to peak this week. The Tidal Basin is going to be absolutely gorgeous in full bloom. Get down to D.C. soon if you want to catch it. Don't let the allergies stop you. That's what drugs were made for! Happy Spring.