Always a Tourist

This Fourth of July has been one for the books! I had such a good time and I am lucky for all the amazing things I got to do. My boyfriend, Michael, came into town to celebrate America’s birthday with me. It was his first time in D.C. so we had to go to all the tourist stops!

On the first day he arrived, it was Saturday, July 1st. We went to the Museum of Natural History. We got to see many interesting exhibits. Our favorite was the mummies because neither of us had seen a mummy before. We then grabbed lunch at a place called We the Pizza. They have the BEST white pizza I have ever had. Next, we went to the Kennedy Center to see a free show. The show got delayed so we ended up leaving early. Michael was excited to see Watergate and even sent a photo of it to his father who is a history teacher. It was my best friend, Sydney’s birthday. We went to her hotel and celebrated with her.

On the second day, we went to the Holocaust Museum. I thoroughly enjoyed this museum because it incorporated a lot of history about World War II, which is my favorite war to learn about. The museum made the biggest impact by showing people how important it is to stand up against injustices. After the museum, we went to the grocery store to get stuff to make lunches for the week. D.C. is very expensive and the best way to save money is to eat in whenever possible. Then, we went to dinner with all the Capitol Scholars to celebrate Bridgette’s birthday. We went to this place called B grille and had wonderful burgers. After, Michael and I explored the Lincoln, the Washington, the WWII, the Vietnam, and Einstein memorials and monuments. I like going to the monuments at night because there are normally fewer people.

On the third day, we toured Ford’s theater with Aundrea and her boyfriend. It was interesting to see the place where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and passed away. We got to learn a lot about the conspiracy of John Wilkes Booth and the other assassination attempts that happened across the city that night. After, we went to a pizza place called “& Pizza” (it seems that we really like pizza). Next, we all went to the Library of Congress and the Capitol building. The beauty of the Library building gets me every time. We went to the National Botanical Garden. Michael and I try to go to a garden in every state we visit. After, Michael and I grabbed our packed lunch and watched the sunset at the Jefferson Monument. I recommend everybody goes to watch the sunset at the monuments at least once. After our picnic, we visited the MLK, FDR, and George Mason’s monument.

On the Fourth of July, we got to do so many things! First, Michael and I went to breakfast with a few Capitol Scholars at a cafe by our apartment. After that, we went and sampled different local eateries, like a cupcake shop and a food truck. We spent some time in downtown D.C. and then grabbed dinner at a place called, “The Partisan.” They have very yummy beef fat fries. We headed over to the Capitol to get seats for the free concert. We got to sit on the lawn of the Capitol and relax before all the festivities. The concert was not as wonderful as I had hoped it would be. We could not see anything because of the trees in the way and the band I was most excited for, The Beach Boys, only played three songs. The fireworks, though, were amazing. They were right behind the Washington Monument. My favorite part of the night was when we were leaving to go home. We found a band of local jazz performers on a street corner a few blocks from the Capitol. There were trumpet, trombone, tuba, and saxophone players including a couple very young children who were quite talented! There was a crowd gathered around the band and we all danced and clapped along with the music. It made me feel like I was part of D.C. in a way I have yet to feel. D.C. was a huge center for jazz back in the day and it was like going back in time to be part of that. It is something that I will never forget. We walked around and went to CVS because we were dying of thirst. We got our waters and took the metro home. The night was wonderful and the band made it even better.

On Michael’s last day in DC, we went to the White House and the Willard Hotel. The Willard Hotel is amazing because it is where the term lobbying was coined. We went to Union Station because I feel like it is something everyone in D.C. should experience once. We went to the Postal Museum as well. We got to see a lot of different stamps, including the Inverted Jenny, one of the rarest and most valuable stamps in the world! The museum was small but very interesting. It is a museum you can get done in an hour but still feel like you saw a lot. It is yet another thing I recommend doing in D.C. The last thing we did was go to a restaurant called “District Kitchen.” We had amazing mozzarella fried balls with a sun-dried tomato sauce. It was a great end to a great long weekend. I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July!

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