I’m Such a Tourist – DC Style

Happy Tuesday! Time for part two of my Washington DC recap. This time it’s all about the site seeing!

This was my first trip to DC so I wanted to see everything (which is basically not possible since DC is so flipping big!). So…photo dump time!


First trip to the White House – went there the first night we arrived in DC. I thought it was cool to see it lit up at night, though it was much smaller than I thought it would be!


On the steps at the National Archives – didn’t end up going in to see the Declaration of Independence because the line was too long, but maybe next time!


Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Dress at the Museum of American History – it was gorgeous!


#whitehouseselfie – hanging out in the park by the White House, people watching and such.

Pentagon Memorial

At the Pentagon Memorial – a sad place to visit.


At Arlington Cemetery. We ended up arriving too late, so I only saw the cemetery from outside the fences. Some students went back and said it was a great experience, so this will definitely be on my list of things to do next time I head to DC!

I'm Such a Tourist - DC Style

At the US Capitol Building. We got to meet with Wisconsin Sentator Tammy Baldwin (really, really briefly) and also sat in on a Senate hearing. It was cool to see the space that is on TV on CSPAN in person, but to be honest, I had a hard time paying attention for the whole thing!


Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldin! #yesimbeingcreepy


I don’t think I’ll ever be able to adequately put into words how I felt at the Holocaust Museum. We started our trip there by speaking with Gideon, a Holocaust survivor, who told us his story. We then went into the museum. I went through on my own – by the time I was threw, I felt sickened and saddened and disgusted by everything I saw. I’ll never understand what it was like to live during that time, but to read what people were face to go through – there are just no words.


The Supreme Court. Such a beautiful building!


Outside Georgetown Cupcakes – we waited in line for about 40 minutes for a cupcake. And let me tell you – totally worth it! I had the Chocolate Mint Cheesecake Crumble cupcake. OMGOMGOMG.


At the Museum of Natural History. Probably my favorite museum overall. I totally geeked out over all of the dinosaurs – I also have a silly post coming for you later this week as a result of this geeking out!#ilovedinosaurs #noshame


The Washington Monument, which was unfortunately under construction.


The Wisconsin stone at the World War II Memorial.


The Lincoln Memorial. Can we talk about how beautiful the sky was? I took Saturday morning to myself and walked the length of the National Mall. It was a long walk, but it was about 65 degrees and gorgeous out. The absolute definition of the perfect day!


Lincoln up close – any Badgers out there who understand my want to sit on his lap?!?!?! #OnWisconsin!


Again. Just a beautiful day. And so many people out too!


Hanging out with some students at the outdoor Sculpture Garden.


Ice skating! Yup, I went ice skating in the Sculpture Garden when it was 65 degrees out. It was so much fun! I can’t believe I didn’t wipe out (seriously, I thought I was going to break an ankle!). I’ve never been outdoor ice skating before, so it was really special to be able to do so in DC!

Plane ride home, over Lake Michigan (I think?). Sad to head back!

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  1. When the friend I told you about yesterday visited the White House, she and her group got to witness Obama landing in his helicopter–she was very excited. 🙂

    The Houston Museum of Natural History recently got a giant paleontology exhibit with lots and lots of dinosaurs and I’m obsessed with them too. It’s so humbling to realize that we’re just a short blip on the planet…

    Glad to hear you had a fantastic time in DC!
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