Washington DC is a city of red taxis, food trucks, and enough (if not too much) historical potential. Here are a few highlights from my 2018 Spring Break trip to the capital of the United States.
The Cherry Trees – The Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the Japanese to the city of Washington. Amongst the never-ending display of statues and memorials, the Yoshino blossoms burst pink and white this time of year, reaching peak bloom about mid April.
I recommend an evening walk around the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park. In addition to the trees, you’ll be able to visit the memorials of Martin Luther King, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson. Don’t forget to pack snacks! You can find information here.
The Food – Apart from the time we cancelled our dinner reservations to watch Stranger Things, we took advantage of every opportunity to explore the local cuisine. From Italian to Irish to the food trucks lining up down the block, there’s no shortage of places to eat in DC.
I recommend the Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip from Matchbox. With several locations around DC, Matchbox has a nice variety of entrees and thin crust pizzas. You can find their website here.
Shopping in Georgetown – I’m a shopper at heart, so this was easily one of the most enjoyable parts of the trip. All eyes were on the dozen batch of frosted treats from Georgetown Cupcake. My sister didn’t let them out of her sight until we got home.
I recommend Georgetown’s cupcakes. Famous for their show on TLC, Georgetown Cupcake ships within the United States and charges $3.50 per cupcake. You can find their website here
The Memorials and Museums – The Smithsonian gets a lot of rep when the city itself is the largest and most interesting museum of all. We only had the time and patience to visit two: The American History Museum and the Natural History Museum, both of which offer a wide variety of exhibits.
My personal favorites: the Mineral Exhibition from the Natural History and the “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II” from the American History.
QOTD: Where did you go over Spring Break, and what was the best thing you ate?