Day Trip to D.C.

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In front of the WWII Memorial

I didn't do my usual spreadsheet itinerary this time since our main reason of vacation was for a mini family reunion.  So we relied heavily on the AAA tour guide book for D.C. and VA.

We arrived at Dulles airport around Friday night at 11:30p and took a taxi to the Country Inn and Suites hotel nearby.  The fare was $11.09 (I include transportation/hotel info for those who need this bit of info.)  Hotel usually has shuttle service but it is over at 11p. 

We got up around 8am so we can have an early start in D.C.  Ate the continental breakfast downstairs (no eggs or bacon/sausages, just typical bagels, waffles, and stuff).  We took the hotel shuttle to the Enterprise Car Rental close to IAD which was nice of the driver to take us straight there (off site) instead of the airport.

White House
  So we drove to East Falls Church to park the car there at the Metro Station.  Parking is free on Weekends so it was a good thing it was Saturday!  We took the rail which is discounted price (for 2 people roundtrip $7.40) on Weekends to the McPherson Square stop right behind the White House.  We were going to follow the tour on the AAA book starting at St. John's Church, but ended walking south from the station towards the White House. 

Here is the list of places we saw in the order we walked.

US Treasury

White House (we walked back and around to the front)

First Division Monument

Washington Monument

World War II Memorial

Reflecting Pool

Korean War Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Vietnam War Memorial

Constitution Gardens

It was freakin' HOT.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Blding
  It was no different from HOUSTON. OMG.  At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, we couldn't take it anymore, saw all these people passing by us eating lemon or cherry frozen pops.  We ended up getting one too from the side vendors!  That provided like what 15 minutes of relief! LOL

Then we headed back toward the National Mall.  We were getting hungry so we figured save appetite from those street side vendors selling hotdogs for $2!  At the National Mall, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival was going on celebrating Ireland and Mekong.   Our hunger couldn't take it anymore, so we stopped by the Mekong food booth for some Chicken Sweet Basil.  It was a relief to our hungry bellies!!  We continued on to the U.S. Capitol and took several shots there.

First Division Monument
  We finally rested in some shade along the walkway towards the Capitol.  The heat was unbearable!!!

Around 3pm, we headed toward the Smithsonian metro station to head back to our car in East Falls and head to Massanutten Resort.  We couldn't take the heat any longer!  Before we left, we stopped by the hotdog vendor across the station and got a beef dog topped with sauerkraut and onions.  It was delicious! 

It took about 2 hrs to get to Massanutten Resort.  We took 66, exited 55, to take 340 to 33 leading to Massanutten.  At first instead of 340, we planned on taking Skyline Dr. for a scenic route.  Since this goes right through Shenandaoh Nat'l Park, we would have to pay the $15 entrance fee!  We were all, "NEVER MIND!" and turned back around!  We exited 55 to take 340 at Front Royal.  It is a nice small town and I think the most popular thing there is Skyline Caverns.

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In front of the WWII Memorial
In front of the WWII Memorial
White House
White House
Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Off…
Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Of…
First Division Monument
First Division Monument
Anthony in front of Washington Mem…
Anthony in front of Washington Me…
Reflecting pool leading to Lincoln…
Reflecting pool leading to Lincol…
Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
U.S. Capital
U.S. Capital
Look! I can force a smile while I…
Look! I can force a smile while I…
At the Front Royal Visitor Center
At the Front Royal Visitor Center
General store at Front Royal, VA
General store at Front Royal, VA
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