Our time in Washington D.C. began with - you guessed it - coffee. After driving in early to catch the most of D.C., we stopped at Così for a pick-me-up. Then it was off to see the city.
Visiting the National Archives
Our first stop was the National Archives. It was Justin's first time in the capitol city, so we definitely needed to see the founding fathers' work first-hand. It was amazing to find the Constitution and the Bill of Rights preserved in the Archives. And yes, John Hancock's signature is still visible!
Touring the National Mall
Next up was the National Mall, beginning with the Washington Monument, which if I'm being honest (sorry slightly NSFW) made me really sympathize with the phallic interpretations I've heard before. I mean, it really does hit you in person. But, you know, cool that we have an obelisk I guess.
One of my favorite moments was finding the space where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech on August 28, 1963. From the National Parks Service website:
"The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement, putting pressure on Washington to work to end segregation and disenfranchisement. Ultimately, laws including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were passed as a result of this political pressure."
Finally, we stopped for a late lunch at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Some of my favorite finds: Harrison Ford's hat and whip from the Indiana Jones films, Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street, and literally the real actual Jefferson Bible (which we could not photograph, because rules).
And with that, the day was over! It's insane how much there is to do and see in D.C. You can spend a week there and not get to everything. Next time we go we would love to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, which I've been told is a full-day visceral event.
The next afternoon, we flew back home to Nashville. We were done! I can't wait to go back to D.C. for another round at the mall. It's guaranteed to be a completely different trip!
P.S. - you can read about the Baltimore leg of this same trip right here, if you're interested.