Landing in Washington after a 5 hour flight was a shock to the system. The cold weather felt like a slap in the face, and we donned our hats and gloves immediately after collecting our bags!
We stayed at the brand new Highroad hostel DC, which was only 4 weeks old. This was probably the best hostel we had stayed in during our trip. It was incredibly modern, and unbelievably clean. The staff were very friendly and we even made some suggestions for hostel social evenings.
It was fairly late by the time we went for dinner, so we decided to head to ‘The Diner’ for some food, which was suggested by the staff. We decided to share 3 small plates rather than having two big meals, and when it arrives we were very pleased with our decision! We had buffalo chicken wings, chilli cheese fries and lamb burger sliders. All very yummy!! The diner is quite popular in DC and quite often you need to que out of the door for a table.
We were up bright and early on our first full day in Washington, and decided we wanted to walk to The Whitehouse, Lincoln memorial etc. It took around 30 minutes but the walk was pleasant, if not cold!! We took pictures of The Whitehouse, Washington Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and reflecting pools (which unfortunately were empty). We wandered around for a few hours, looking at the spectacular sites Washington had to offer.
It was absolutely bitter so we stopped off for a cup of tea and a sandwich to get us out of the cold. I wanted to see The White House lit up at night, so we went to the United States Holocaust memorial museum for the afternoon. A very thought provoking museum packed full of artifacts and exhibitions which left us reflecting on the horrors of the past. The museum is free entry and part of the smithsonian group of museums which are funded by public donation and definitely worth a visit.
Within walking distance of the Holocaust museum was the National Mall, we walked along the path and headed towards U.S Capitol, which was quite disappointing owing to the building being covered in scaffolding, and the area being cordoned off for maintenance works.