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Spring Road Trip 2020 - Part 1 : Washington D.C- The National Mall

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

In January our friend Daniel arrived in New York from the Netherlands. He would be our roomie for the next two months and while we were brainstorming ideas on how we would be able to do and see as much as possible with him....the answer became very clear. A Road Trip! We quickly narrowed down the fact that we would be keeping our trip to the east coast and decided that early March would be an optimal travel time for us! March is a Birthday filled month and who doesn't love a bit of leisurely travel on their Birthday :-) Next, came the hard part...narrowing down our checkpoints and places we all wanted to see. Washington, D.C. became a must (our nations capital and the fact we have mutual friends in the area were huge perks! ) Philadelphia, Pa. Virginia, The Carolinas , Savannah, Ga. and Florida were added to the list. Then came Tennessee and Kentucky. So, we decided "Whatever we can cram into 2 weeks....we will see". Our goal was to just wing it! And in the end....were so glad we left wiggle room! We departed from NYC on Sunday March 8th...right after church. Armed with bags of Shake Shack and plenty of other road trip snacks...we hit the road and arrived in Gaithersburg (a town about 35 mins outside of D.C.) in the hazy (picture below) wee hours of the morning Monday.

We went directly to bed and planned on meeting our friends for breakfast that morning.

We had a wonderful breakfast at Ted's Bulletin... and before we knew it....had talked the morning away (there were no food pics from breakfast because we were so busy chatting! Hahaha!)

After a lovely morning catching up, into D.C. we went....and straight to the National Mall. The day was gorgeous and we wanted to get as many outdoor activities in as possible.

First stop, the Washington Monument, sadly tickets inside were sold out for the day...but that didn't stop to the White House!

Again, we missed out on a tour....but still enjoyed the exterior. Marching on....and stopping by the

treasury department and a few souvineer shops along the way to our next destination....

The Lincoln Memorial. Of course along the way we passed by a few other Memorial Monuments and couldn't resist these important detours.