Monday, July 11, 2016

My Super-Fun Washington D.C. Vacation

I spent last week in the nation's capitol, watching fireworks and looking at faded documents.



We chose a room with a view of the fireworks, which meant we overlooked the Pentagon (and just about everything else!):



On the 4th, we Ubered our way to the Washington Monument and walked about a billion miles to see everything important.



On Tuesday, we took one of these:



And stopped by to see the Prez.



We visited Ford's Theater...



But first we had some historic breakfast at this cheesy place:



We also visited the Newseum, which was my favorite of all the museums. They had newspapers for each decade going back 500 years.



On the final day of our trip, we drove up to Gettysburg, where we took the tour of the (huge) battlefield:



We stopped by the Jennie Wade House to learn about the only Gettysburg civilian killed in the Battle of Gettysburg. A ghost-hunting steroid head investigated the house on his show. Here's the two-minute story of how Jennie Wade was shot while cooking:




We finished up our trip with a Gettysburg ghost tour. Check out the shadow of Abraham Lincoln at the top left of the picture. (It's not a ghost--just a fun coincidence with the bricks!)


Are you taking a vacation this summer?

41 comments:

  1. Been to D.C., but never got up to Gettysburg. Bet the ghost tour was fun.
    Taking a three day rip this month then a whole week in August.

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    1. It was only 1.5 hours away and the distance to home after that was the same as D.C., so we had to do it!

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  2. Looks like you had an amazing time, Stephanie :)

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    1. I did--still trying to get back into the swing of things, but it isn't easy!

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  3. I agree with the previous poster--it looks like you had fun. My high school had a program/club where we could go to the nation's capital through fundraisers. I went my junior year.

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    1. We're 10 hours away from D.C., so it was never offered to me as part of any school thing here, unfortunately. That would have been nice!

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  4. Washington DC is a fun trip. We were there for days but barely scratched the surface.

    We'd like to go again soon. I'll add Gettysburg to my bucket list.

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    1. I feel like we saw everything we wanted to see...although I'm sure there are still many things we could do if we ever went back.

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  5. Love D.C. it's a fabulous city. We're going to Florida for a few days for a family reunion. Ugh to the heat. Yeah to spending time with beloved family

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    1. That sounds like fun. Hope you're near a beach!

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  6. I took my vacation in May, but D.C. is one of my favorite destinations. I have been there numerous times and still haven't seen it all.

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    1. It's 10 hours from us, so it's probably a one-time thing!

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  7. Washington D.C. is the most appropriate place to celebrate the 4th of July.
    Glad you've enjoyed the trip with its visits to museums, theater,historical snippets.

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  8. ah, I wish I could get Dina out of the house for a vacation. Sigh.

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  9. Sounds like a great adventure. So, is there a secret door behind the Lincoln memorial?
    I already did my vacation, a few weeks ago I went group camping at a cabin in a state park. Lots of fun.

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  10. Wow! You guys covered so much territory! I keep meaning to make it over to the Newseum, but I rarely go into the city. I may have to make a special trip.

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  11. Fun! You were about an hour away from me when you were in Gettysburg!

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  12. you covered a lot of territory. Fun! It was hard to imagine the battle chaos when you look over the rolling hills of Gettysburg

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  13. I want to go to Lincoln's Waffle Shop! Were the waffles any good, though?

    I'm taking lots of little trips this summer (conventions, reunions), but our vacation(s) will happen in the fall (booked 2 cruises!).

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  14. That video about Jenny Wade was interesting > I knew about her from past trips to Gettysburg but the video is new to me. I'm reading a book right now about Julia Grant (Mrs. Ulysses) and in it Grant just took Vicksburgh, which was the day after the Gettysburgh battle ended. So interesting.

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  15. I lived outside of DC for years. You can do SO MUCH there! Always worth it. The museums are amazing. The theater scene in that town is fantastic. Great festivals. Good food. Just a great place.

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  16. Hubby and I would like to visit Washington DC one day. I'd love to stop by Gettysburg too.

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  17. How fun and such great photographs to remember your adventure.

    We think we'll stay home this summer. Just do a lot of boating. We enjoy that more than anything.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  18. If you get a chance to go again, I loved the celebrity was museum. They had old and new celebrities. Very attractive exhibit.

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  19. Wow, I haven't been there since I was eight! Glad you had a great time.

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  20. Looks like a blast of a trip!!

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  21. Pretty sure you had a great time Steph and thanks for getting pictures to share with us.

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  22. Sounds like an amazing trip. So much to see and doing.

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  23. Looks like such an interesting trip. :-D

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  24. That sounds like such a fun trip! My vacation was in the spring--five weeks in Italy--so I'm grounded for the time being.

    Did you encounter any ghosts on the tour?

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  25. What an amazing trip!! So glad you have a good time! And thank you for sharing! (I've got to get a grip of all these !!!! :))

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  26. I love visiting DC. Your vacation looks like it was great. Museums and food are my kind of fun, plus walking is good exercise.

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  27. Good thing somebody wrote a copy

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  28. What a fabulous trip! I would love to see that Newseum. Your pictures are terrific and it looks like you two had a really good time ;-) What? No strange auras while visiting Jennie's kitchen?

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  29. Thanks for sharing this trip with us Stephanie. I've never been to your Capitol but will visit one day. Great pics!

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  30. That looks like a great vacation. I remember visiting DC many years ago and seeing all the museum and monuments. It was so fun.

    This year our vacations are family centered with reunions and weddings.

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  31. You know what's funny? My coworker and I drive past the Newsuem every morning on our way to work. Looks like you had a fabulous vacation. This year, the kids will visit grandma again for the rest of the summer while my husband and I go on vacation. But already started thinking about next year's vacation for the whole family to go to Disney World. They'll be old enough to remember and can never say that they never went to Disney World.

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  32. Just did a driving vaca to Cooperstown then through the mid-Atlantic and back. Did stop off at the Museum of the Appalachia in Tennessee which was pretty cool. If you're into history, you should check out the Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. Very, very cool place to visit.

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  33. I should tour the area. We have family in the vicinity but opt for visits to the southern coast. You make me revisit the thought.

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  34. I worked in DC for 3 years, so I'm familiar with a few of these places. To find the perfect hotel to overlook everything, including the fireworks is so cool. For those who have never visited the Pentagon - massive and super confusing even with a military id. So glad you had fun and love the pics!!! Hugs..RO

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