Long Weekend In Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C. – Our nations capital, where so much history has taken place… where laws have been passed and demonstrations of historical significance have taken place, this city is filled with so much to see and do that you couldn’t possibly capture it all in just one visit.  So below I am sharing the itinerary from my recent long weekend trip to help show you that you can still squeeze in a lot in a short time.

White House

Day 1

My flight arrived at Dulles International airport at 5:00am. For those of you not familiar with the airports in the DC area, please note that Regan International airport is the closest airport to DC and is about a 18 minute taxi ride (also options to use the metro) while Dulles takes about 45 minutes for a taxi ride into downtown DC.  With that being said, there is a silver line metro being built to connect Dulles International airport directly to DC city center, however at press time, it is still under construction. From Dulles airport I was able to take a 15 minute shuttle bus from Dulles airport for $5.00 to the silver line metro stop Wiehle Reston East which then took me to the metro center stop in downtown DC.  Metro center is where all of the metro lines connect.  I transferred to the red line and took that to Dupont Circle  When you get off at the Dupont circle stop, you take a long escalator to the street level.

Metro Station at Dupont Circle, Washington DC escalator

I was meeting my mom and stepdad who had arrived the day previous, and they met me at the Dupont Circle metro stopped and walked me about half a mile to where we were staying, which was a beautiful Bed & Breakfast called the Swann House 

Swann House Bed and Breakfast porch lightSwann House Bed and Breakfast front door Swann house bed and breakfast front steps

I had never stayed at a B&B before, and I have to say it was a wonderful experience and I would do so again immediately.  Each morning when you wake up, you can take a seat in the victorian dinning room anywhere you like and the staff will make you anything you want, crepe…sure! Eggs Benedict – why not? While you are eating beautiful Mozart and Beethoven play in the background as other travels converse and discuss the days plans.

Swann house bed and breakfast Swann House bed and breakfast dining room Swann house bed and breakfast morning breakfast buffet

We all sat down and filled our bellies as we planned our first day in DC together.

We decided to take the metro from Dupont Circle to the Metro Center and change lines to take us to Union Station, which was just a short walk to the Capital Building which we had reserved a tour for a few months prior.

As a tip, you need to make reservations in advance, and you can do so here

library of congress Library of congress Capital building

I highly recommend touring our nations capital.  I was so impressed by the gorgeous detail in the ceiling and the statues and paintings throughout the building.  This tour is completely free and takes about 2 hours in total time, as they like you to get there about 30 minutes prior to your tour time.  The tour guides are awesome! Very knowledgeable and will answer any questions you have. You are given a headset so that you can hear the tour guide even if you are far back in line behind. The capital building also echoes, and because there are so many tours going on the headsets came in handy.

After our tour we found out that the capital building connects to the Library of Congress so we decided to take a quick self guided tour.  The building itself is just amazing to walk through and a work of art itself.

library of congress front of buildinglibrary of congress interior

After touring the capital building and library of congress we decided it would be fun to spend the second half of the day in Old Town Alexandria.  We took an Uber for the first time to Georgetown and from there took a water taxi from Georgetown’s waterfront to Old Town Alexandria.

Old town Alexandria old town Alexandria on the river King Street Old Town Alexandria King Street Old Town Alexandria

The water taxi was an enjoyable way to get to Old Town Alexandria as you can get another perspective of DC from the water.  You can also take the metro from downtown DC to Old Town and it will take about 20-25 minutes.  The water taxi took about 40 minutes.

When you get off the water taxi you are greeted with a vibrant waterfront filled with restaurants and street musicians.  From the harbor we walked up picturesque King Street which is filled with boutiques and restaurants.  We decided to eat at The Warehouse

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