adventure around: dc 2.0

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I’m back in one of my favorite cities, D.C. to experience March for Life for the third time.

This historical city is one of my favorite cities to photograph, so my camera was put to good use this trip.

We walked about 25 miles in three days and became pros at The Metro.

Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post for the LOCATIONS section, where you can find addresses for every place mentioned!

Here are some shots around D.C.:

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I love D.C.’s architecture, every building is so beautiful!

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The Washington Monument.

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If you don’t know this about me I love popcorn. A couple of years ago I went to this popcorn trolley outside The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and it was delicious. Lo and behold it is still there.

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Museum of Natural History

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Everywhere you turn there is a statue.

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You will see a lot of pictures of The National Archives, it was one of the most beautiful buildings I saw on the trip, even the pillars have so much detail!

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Since I was on the March For Life, I thought this engraving on the side of the building was important, I got to exercise my Freedom of Speech and the Right of the people peaceable to assemble with 500,000 other people.

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Outside The Capitol with the scaffolding hindering the view of the outside of rotunda.

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We went to The Capitol after the tours ended (you can only see the rotunda on a guided tour that ends at 3:20 most days) but we got to see some cool things around the building.

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This is now the second time I’ve been to D.C. that the Capitol is under construction… fingers crossed I’ll be able to see its beauty next time I go.

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A group of Auburn alums planted a Toomer’s Oak seedling at The Capitol, we think we found it based off one of our friends pictures, hopefully this is actually it and not just a random tree.

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The lighting was so beautiful on our walk from The Capitol to the National Archives.

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The Guardianship statue outside The National Archives.

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The Washington Monument at sunset with the moon, the little white speck above the trees on the left.

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I had never been to the WWII Memorial, but it was one of my new favorite memorials.

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WWII Memorial down to The Lincoln Memorial.

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The sunset over The Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool

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One of my all time favorite pictures of the trip, Mr. Lincoln.

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Shake Shack is one of my favorite places in NYC, when we found out there was one by the Spy Museum near where we were, we had to go!

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This restaurant has really cool decor, like this table made from wood from a bowling lane.

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My delicious meal, a hamburger (make sure to ask for Shack Sauce), crinkle cut fries and a SMORSEcode concrete.

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If you’re going to D.C., The Metro is a great way to get around the city, for $14.50 you can get a day pass with unlimited rides.

If this girl from a city with no public transportation can get around on The Metro, you can too.

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We went ice skating at the ice rink at the Sculpture Garden in The National Mall right outside The National Archives.

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After working up an appetite ice skating we went to Hill Country Barbecue, a cute little place to eat with live music and great food.

Hands down the best mac and cheese and banana pudding I’ve had in a while.

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Ted’s Bulletin, a great Brunch place in the cutest part of town near The Hill.

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The entire restaurant had a ’20s old school feel.

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Chicken ‘N Biscuits with bacon, a perfect brunch.

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A latte and a homemade peanut butter and bacon pop tart.

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Above the booths there is an old school projector that projected old black and white movies and Westerns to add to the overall theme of the restaurant.

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What’s a trip to D.C. without stopping by The White House?

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Thanks to our sweet friends who now live in D.C., we got to drive around and see so many cool parts of D.C.

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Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where most White House staff’s offices are.

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All I could think about when I saw the back of The White House is the episode of Scandal where Abby tells Mellie to clean up and continue her duties as First Lady.

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On the rooftop of The W Washington Hotel right around the corner from The White House is the coolest outside bar with a beautiful view of the city.

I can’t wait to come back in the summer when the tarps are removed to really enjoy the beautiful view.

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The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, one of my favorite churches.

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Pictures don’t even do the place justice, it is the eighth largest church in the world.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Every little inch of the Basilica is beautifully decorated.

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Mother Teresa.

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Saint Peter, the bronzing is rubbed because it is tradition to touch his feet.

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There are chapels all around The Basilica.

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Thanks to a cut out we got to take a picture with The Pope.

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The Crypt.

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The Basilica is right next to the Catholic University of America campus that is filled with beautiful stone architecture.

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If you are Catholic, you need to add visiting the Saint JPII Shrine to your bucket list.

Sadly you aren’t allowed to take pictures in the museum, but the Shrine has relics of JPII and gave you more insight to his holy life.

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Potbelly is a yummy sandwich chain in the D.C. area, a great cheap food option!

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Plus, it’s a cute place on the inside!

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The area near the Metro station had a lot of really cool graffiti.

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Another fun trip to D.C., and plenty of new adventures.

I hope on your next trip to D.C. you check out the locations mentioned throughout the post (addresses are below) and see how amazing of a city D.C. is!

LOCATIONS

The National Mall

The National Archives (700 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20408)

United States Capitol (East Capitol Street Northeast & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004)

The White House (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20500)

The W Washington Hotel (515 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004)

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (400 Michigan Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20017)

Shake Shack (800 F Street NW, Corner of 9th Street NW Washington, DC 20004)

Hill Country Barbecue (410 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004)

Sculpture Garden/ Ice Skating Rink (November-March) (6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565)

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Hopefully ya’ll can {adventure around}

|all pictures taken by yours truly|

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