It’s time I got sorted and updated you all on my trip across America, right? I did have a few posts written up but they, unfortunately, got deleted from my MacBook! I’m actually nearly at the end of my massive trip and I’ve barely posted about it. There just hasn’t been enough hours in the day and time has flown by! Let’s go back to Day 5 which was my first day exploring Washington DC.
I mentioned in my previous update that we were staying at the HI Washington DC Hostel which was pretty central and a short walk from the White House which was our first stop after pancakes for breakfast of course. When we wandered around the perimeter of The White House getting snaps and posing for selfies a lady came and told us about the Fall Garden Tour which was taking place. Once a year, The White House opens its doors to the public to take a look around the gardens and grounds for free. Coincidentally, this was taking place on the one weekend we were in Washington DC and we managed to get tickets.
It was an unbelievable experience as we got to see the exterior of the oval and peer into the Rose Garden all whilst a brass band played Disney classics on the lawn. I felt super lucky to have had this once in a lifetime experience.
The White House is adjacent to the Monument on the Mall which was currently undergoing renovations so we couldn’t go up it. All along the Mall are 17 different Smithsonian Museums which all have free admission from the National Portrait Gallery to the Natural History Museum. We ended up going to the Space & Air Museum which was really interesting. You could easily spend a whole day exploring all the galleries and museums in Washington DC. At the end of the Mall is the Capitol Building, another incredibly famous building which is home to the United States Congress.
For dinner, we went to a place called Capitol City Brewing Company. It was basically a typical sports bar with hella good food. I went for the steak which I’m writing this a few weeks later and it was one of my favourite meals of the trip so far!
On the agenda for the evening was to do the illuminations tour of all the monuments along the Mall. At nighttime, they all light up and one way of seeing them all pretty quickly is to rent a bike. It seemed like a great idea but I’m a pretty horrendous bike rider. We did the tour in about 30 minutes and got some amazing photos from the Lincoln Memorial. We also visited the Martin Luther King Memorial and the World War 2 Memorial.
DC isn’t how I imagined it at all, it’s kind of reminded me of London a little with the incredible architecture. I didn’t really have a lot of expectations of the city and to be honest, I wasn’t too interested in visiting. DC actually blew me away and would definitely be a city I’d love to explore more and revisit in the future.
Day Six was a complete travel day for us as we drove across Virginia to our stop in Wytheville. One of the things I love about Trek is the stops along the way and whilst driving through Virginia we stopped off at The Dukes of Hazards Museum. I also had my first ever Wal-Mart experience which ended up in buying a lot sweets, beauty products and gathering inspiration for our Halloween looks.
For dinner, we went to Cracker barrel which id wanted to visit after hearing Tom and Sophie rave on about it. It’s crazy cheap and such a great experience with a southern influence. I’m definitely planning to go back when i’m in Florida! Hopefully, you won’t be waiting as long for part 4 of my trip! Don’t forget to keep up to date with what I’m up to on social media or catch up on my previous trip posts.