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A trip to Washington D.C. and the DMV

Sample ideas of things to do and places to visit in Washington D.C. and surrounding areas.

This past weekend was my first trip to our nations capital of Washington, D.C. and luckily for me, I had the opportunity to visit not only D.C. but the entire DMV area. As in any trip, I arranged the logistics prior to my arrival; transportation, cost, tours etc. and my friend I was visiting assisted in each area. My vacation started on Sunday where I stayed at a hotel in Historic Alexandria, Virginia. After checking into my hotel I took the shuttle back to the airport where I obtained a metro card (which also doubles as my souvenir) and took the metro rail to L’Enfant Plaza Station and walked to the location of where my tour would commence. There are so many tour options to see D.C. it took me a few days to finalized which tour I intended to take. There were walking tours, bike tours, bus tours to hop on or off; in the end, I chose a Segway tour from “Bike and Roll DC”. Personally, I had to think about the pro’s and the con’s of each tour before deciding which one was best for my preference. A Segway was something I wanted to do for a while now. I’m adventurous and thought it would be a fun way to zip around the city while having the traditional monuments tour with a guide directing and detailing each landmark. Though I had a great time my feet were so sore after the 2 hour Segway tour and so was my fellow buddies I’m not sure why but maybe it’s the constant balancing and knee bends you have to do operate the Segway.

After the tour I went back to Virginia where my hotel shuttle provided drop off and pick ups to King Street; this is the main street attraction for Old Town Alexandria. It’s reminiscent of a beautiful lively yet calm town with elements of water that you would see outside the U.S. To my delight I spotted my favorite UK restaurant here, Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken. I discovered Nando’s a few years back when I went to London, England and fell in love with their food. I had no idea there were any locations in the U.S. I was partially right as the cashier advised their only in the DMV area. The next day was a sunny and cool Monday; accompanied by my friend we went to have lunch outdoors in this eclectic area of D.C. known as Adams Morgan and ate at “The Diner” not your typical diner as some items of the menu can be suited for a mid-end eatery. Prior to my trip, I read different “to do’s in D.C. and I knew apart from a tour I wanted to check out Tidal Basin. So after lunch, we headed there and rented paddle crafts and cruised the Potomac River while seeing monuments from the water. From D.C. we then went to Maryland. As a foodie whenever I go to a new place I make sure to dine at restaurants that are not common in my home state. The following day we dined at a southern spot called “Carolina Kitchen” located in Landover Maryland and boy way it yummy!  I ordered the beef ribs, mac and cheese and potato salad. I loved it all, the only thing was the potato salad tasted as if a bag of sugar was thrown in it, I never had a potato salad so sweet. 

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The following day I went to National Harbor stemming from the directive of a friend on social media, and I’m happy I took the advice. National Harbor is a city built around a harbor, of course, they’re boats and yacht charters; additionally, there’s a huge Ferris wheel. The area consists of residences, restaurants, and shops. What I enjoyed about it was the quirkiness in the sculptures all around the harbor. There’s a place for everyone there. Apart from my own cultural food I love Thai food, as I was walking I found an appealing Thai restaurant called “Thai Pavillon”. I like aesthetically pleasing restaurant ambiance so the way Thai Pavillon was set up was nice to me. The prices were a bit higher than normal yet the food made up for the cost. I ordered Panang Curry, although it looked typical the taste was extraordinary—my advice to them would be to add more rice as I had so much Beef Panang Curry left over and if I wanted more rice there was an extra charge. After lunch, I went wondering more around National Harbor and came across the sculpture of a man in the sand which was so artfully crafted amongst the water.

That wrapped up my four-day adventure of the DMV and I plan to return again. One thing to note: one can’t complete DC in one day…

Have you been to D.C. or hopped around the DMV on a trip? What are your recommendations? Comment below.

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