I spent a long weekend in Washington D.C. catching up with some college friends.
Washington D.C. sits on the Potomac River, wedged between Maryland and Virginia. Many of the museums in D.C. are free to the public unlike so many other cities. It’s a great place for history lovers and those seeking to learn.
While it was my second time visiting, the first was only for a day – so I was excited to return.
During my first trip to D.C., I saw the Washington Monument, the White House, Lincoln Memorial, U.S. Capitol, Museum of Natural History, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington’s National Cemetery.
While there are 17 Smithsonian museums in D.C., we went to National Art Gallery, Hirshorn Museum, and African American Museum. The Art Historian in me enjoyed seeing the numerous famous artists at the Hirshorn Museum and the National Art Gallery.
The African American Museum is relatively new, and typically the queues to get in are long. While reservations are often mandatory to visit, if you go on a day that it isn’t, I suggest making a reservation. We made a reservation for 10:30am, but got in as soon as it opened at 10am. This let us beat the hoards of people.
Amongst the museums we visited over the weekend, we also hiked Great Falls Park in Virginia and snuck in a few holiday themed events, like Enchant at the Nationals Park and ZooLights at the National Zoo.
In comparison to Enchant, ZooLights was a little underwhelming, but it’s a free event. The zoo is decorated with new and old decorations in the shapes of animals. Many of the animals were indoors for the evening, however we did see a bison decorations.
One of my favorite things we did was, Enchant. It’s a large Christmas light maze with a crafts market on the outskirts. This year was Enchant’s first time in D.C. Although we went on it’s final weekend and the crowds were overwhelming, we had such a great time wandering and taking pictures.
There were tunnels of hanging fairy lights, countless illuminated trees, hedges decorated in twinkling lights and cranberries, larger than life ornaments and diamonds, an ice skating rink, and large reindeers throughout the maze with a massive Christmas tree in its center. There were plenty of opportunities to purchase food and alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks.