Weekend Adventures: Washington D.C.

This weekend I took a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend Teach for America’s 25th Anniversary Summit. I arranged my trip so I had about some extra time to explore and enjoy the city. D.C. is a great city to visit with access to so many free cultural experiences and great dining experiences. Here are a few highlights from the trip, along with recommendations for a few spots to seek out next time you’re in town.
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Lincoln Monument Washington DC Weekend Adventures Travel National Monument Julia Malinowski South by Northwest BlogI arrived Thursday late afternoon. After checking into my Airbnb apartment, I decided to do a night tour of the monuments. I’d never done this before and really enjoyed seeing the the famous monuments lit up against the night sky. The Lincoln Memorial was peaceful although about a dozen tourists seemed to have the same idea as me.
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Museum of National History Washington DC Weekend Adventures Travel Julia Malinowski South by Northwest BlogThe next day I swung by the Smithsonian National Museum of National History, which is always enjoyable. You can easily pick and choose which exhibits to see, so you don’t need to cram everything in during one visit. I like to stop by to see the dinosaur bones and just love the beautiful entrance.
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Holocaust Museum Washington DC Weekend Adventures South by Northwest Blog Julia Malinowski TravelI explored the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for the first time and was throughly impressed. The curation and exhibits are incredible. The subject is somber, so be prepared to possibly cry in public. I know I did.
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Holocaust Museum Washington DC Weekend Adventures Travel Top Sites to See Julia MalinowskiThe shoe display was particularly striking. It’s a collection of 4,000 shoes confiscated from victims at concentration camps.
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The quote reads “We are the shoes, we are the last witnesses. We are shoes from grandchildren and grandfathers, From Prague, Paris, and Amsterdam, And because we are only made of fabric and leather, And not of blood and flesh, each one of us avoided the hellfire.” Moses Shulstein.
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slipstream washington dc weekend adventures travel coffee shopAnd now for a few restaurant recommendations. The apartment was located close to Slipstream, a great little coffee shop that also does brunch on the weekends. They make their own cashew/almond milk in house, so I indulged in daily chai lattes. It’s a little pricey, but the atmosphere was cozy and they have free wifi which is harder to track down in DC than expected.
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Daikaya Ramen Washington DC weekend adventures travel Thursday night I did dinner at Daikaya, a combination Izakaya bar and ramen shop in the Chinatown area. The space is small, so the average wait time can run 30-45 minutes for a party of 2-4. Since I was flying solo that night, I was lucky and got in pretty quickly. I ordered the Shoyu with the pork belly add-in and was not disappointed. The broth was rich and satisfying and the noodles had the perfect bite.
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rural society washington dc weekend adventures travelFriday night a group of friends got together for dinner at Rural Society, an Argentinian restaurant. Argentinian restaurants are typically known for their steak and this place is no different. Their walls featured photos of prize winning bulls! However my favorite dishes were the vegetable sides. The grilled wild mushrooms with truffle and roasted brussels sprouts with chestnut cream and pomegranate seeds were fantastic. I was stuffed and couldn’t stop eating them.
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Washington DC Teach for America 25th Anniversary SummitThe girls after dinner. Not the best picture of the group, but had to throw it in! I taught with Veronica and Erica who are on my left.
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Janelle monae washington dc teach for americaSaturday night, the Teach for America conference closed out with a performance by Janelle Monáe. She’s an “Electric Lady” both on and off the stage, so it was definitely a fun show.
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One of the perks of moving to the East Coast is that more weekend trips to DC may be in my future! Have you visited the nation’s capital? Any favorite restaurants or sites of your own? Mil’s good friend Sarah used to live in the city and she worked at The Kennedy Center, which hosts incredible arts programming.
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XOXO,
Jules

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Photo credit: Teach for America

 

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10 responses

  1. I love the Smithsonian, but you know the Spy Museum is my fave 🙂 And Kramerbooks of course…so jealous of your trip! ❤ DC!

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