TX to DC

For my 24th birthday, we took a trip to Washington, DC. We spent almost 3 days in the area and had so much fun taking in the history and enjoying everything the city had to offer. We definitely learned a few things during this trip:

  • Local transportation:
    • We found that tickets to Baltimore were much cheaper than DC itself. So we took a flight to Baltimore and an $22 round trip Amtrak ticket to DC. We were able to catch the train from the airport itself and was very impressed by how well maintained the trains were. We don’t see very many public transportation trains in Texas, so hopping on a train in DC was a new experience.
    • With everything being so close to each other in DC, we decided not to get a rental and we just walked everywhere or used Uber! This was a very efficient way for us to get around. The most any of our rides cost were $7 and we probably spent less than $25 on Uber during the 3 days. Most hotels also charge $40-$50 per night for parking your car there and it’s definitely not worth it
  • Hotel: We found that a Holiday Inn cost just as much as a boutique hotel. Usually we book via Expedia or Travelocity but this time the hotel had special deals going on and we were able to book via their website. I learned something new this time around though. I was looking up pictures of our potential hotel on social media and two weeks before our trip a “sponsored” post came up and it was about 20% off deal for the weekend we were going to be there! I was able to call up the reservation desk and add that promo code to our booking! I am definitely going to start following hotels on social media so that I can be aware of any special deals going on. You can always unfollow or unlike them after the trip. http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/washington-dc/washington-dc-hotels/the-liaison-capitol-hill-dc/
  • Eat Local:
    • When on vacation, we like to stay away from the chains and eat more local food. We were able to try some fresh farm-to-table style restaurants and our favorite was the Founding Farmers for brunch.
      • We also got to try a Baltic tapas restaurant called Ambar that had food and drinks included for $50 per person! This was a great way to try different food and drinks and since we were using Uber, we did not have to worry about trying one too many.
      • Plan ahead and make reservations: Now this can be a challenge when you are trying to explore the city but we ate light for lunch and found something quick on our way to our main attractions and this way we had enough time to make it to our dinner reservation
  • Outside DC: If you feel like you have had enough of DC history, you can take a quick drive to Virginia Wine Country for some live music, local food trucks and of course wine tasting. https://www.wineryatbullrun.com/winery
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