I’m not a big city gal, never have been. But there’s something about a weekend in a new city that’s refreshing and magical and D.C. is my absolute favorite. Starting with an eighth grade field trip that was admittedly not appreciated enough and visits to college friends here and there I’ve seen the standard tourist attractions, but every trip finds me discovering something new.
A recent weekend in our nation’s capital for a spinning fundraiser (Cycle for Survival) reminded me of my obsession with the city. Guided by a D.C. native (and soul sister), we visited a few of D.C. gems.
The National Mall
Of course. You can’t go to D.C. and not at least get a glimpse of something historical. The National Mall is a can’t miss, especially if you’ve never seen it before. My personal favorite is the Washington Monument. When we stopped by, we walked all the way to the base and looked up (I dare you not to get dizzy). Seriously insane. And you can see up close the two types of marble used to construct it.
Fun Fact: In 1854 the Washington National Monument Society ran out of money so construction stopped. Then in 1884, when the U.S. government took over and completed the project, they used marble from a different quarry – hence the different colored marble.
A first for me, though I’m not sure why, I could’ve spent days here and it wouldn’t have been enough. Shops, boutiques, bakeries and coffee shops galore. Cobblestone sidewalks and street performers add to the charm of the neighborhood. A few of our stops were J.Crew (of course), H&M Home (one of the few stores that carries home products), and Sprinkles Cupcakes (Georgetown Cupcakes line was out the door and down the street).
Though technically in Virginia, I got a sneak peak of this charming neighborhood on a Sunday morning. I was struck by how quiet and clean the streets of Clarendon were. SouthBlock is a must for a healthy breakfast. I got the PBJ Acai Bowl, (because lets face it – insta potential), but I would go PBJ smoothie next time. Delicious. Aaand it was across from a Pure Barre – talk about a potentially perfect Sunday morning.
Hey – Washington natives and visitors alike, what’re your favorite D.C. spots? I’d love to explore them in my next visit.