Washington D.C.

Helpful Hints, Tips, and Survival Skills

1. Bring quality walking shoes
Trust me. Every guidebook, hotel, and TripAdvisor review will say it’s 5-10 minutes walk to the White House. It’s not. Add about 5-10 minutes on top of it and you should be safe. 

2. Use the metro
When traveling, I love taking a metro if the city offers it. We used it a few times and you have to buy a re-loadable card at the kiosks and use it when arriving and leaving. It is convenient and easy to use. 
Make sure you keep right though!!!

3. Don’t try to see everything
I am guilty of this BIG TIME. I had about six different places each day on my itinerary and in the end only made it to 2 or 3 of them. My advice is to plan out three major sites and relax as you go. 


Sights to See:

1. The White House
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2. The Washington Monument
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3. The Lincoln Memorial
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4. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial
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5. Arlington Cemetery
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6. The Library of Congress


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Old Town Trolley Tours

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Price one day: $46.95
Two day: $66.95

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We loved this trolley tour. Being unfamiliar with D.C. and the traffic, the tour allowed us to see the city without the stress of driving.
On any of the stops listed on the map you can hop on/hop off. This tour offers a similar tour, included in the price, of Arlington Cemetery.

The only downside is that the tour ends at 5 p.m. so make sure you are close to your hotel or a metro station.

Where we ate:

1. Otello
1329 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036


Yummy, yummy, yummy. 
If you are an Italian lover like I am, this is the place for you. We walked from The White House and by the time we reached the restaurant, we were STARVING. It is a little pricey, but it was my birthday, so it allowed a little extra spending. I would recommend the fettuccine Alfredo. 

2. Shake Shack 
 975 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Acceptable considering how hungry we were. We allowed my sister to pick our lunch and she picked the only restaurant under a bridge and over the rainbow. Our feet burned and our stomach consumed our every thought. Average grilled cheese and french fries. The views of the river made it better though. 


Where I Stayed: Chester A. Arthur Bed and Breakfast

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After almost twelve hours of driving from Florida, we arrived at the Chester A. Arthur Bed and Breakfast. The owner of the house met us at the curb and helped us carry in our luggage.

At first glance the house lived up to its Victorian style advertisement. The front sitting room featured several sitting chairs and classical music drifting in from another room. It felt as if we were transported into the 1880’s.

The owner, Don, showed us to our room. For people who struggle with stairs, I would suggest booking a room on the lower levels. Even for my family and me, it was a struggle with all of our luggage and after a full day of walking.

Our room was the Highland Suite, which included and ensuite, a queen bed, and a pull out bed. The bathroom was large enough to accommodate my mother and sister with a shower/tub combination. The beds fit the era in which they represented. A little too hard and too tall. (Especially for my 5’3 mother).
But, if you are like me, hotels are not the most important aspect of any trip.

With each reservation, breakfasts were included and served at 8 a.m every morning. Both times they were average. Home cooked, but limiting for vegetarians. On the first morning we had spinach quiche and the next morning waffles. The cook we had was amazing and our favorite aspect of the entire experience.

On the website it says that the walks to the metro stations are about 10-12 minutes, but I would estimate around 15-20 minutes, depending on how fast you hustle and how cold the weather will be. 

All in all it was an amazing experience and we would go back again.


29 thoughts on “Washington D.C.

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I haven’t been to D.C. since I was a kid. I need to go back.

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    1. thedailyhaley93 July 26, 2018 — 6:45 pm

      It’s an amazing city! Rich in history and excitement.

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  2. Hi, thanks for liking a post on my site. Decided to come see yours and love the review you have of DC and St Augustine, but are on my list of to see.places. if you get a chance please check out my post on how to.spend a day in philly and tell me what you think? Am somewhat new to blogging lol. Thank you.

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    1. thedailyhaley93 July 27, 2018 — 9:34 pm

      No problem. I’m new too! Will check it out. 🙂

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  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking a book review. Loved your post on the trolley tour to see a lot of the area, sounds like excellent advice, especially for those who aren’t able to do a lot of walking (including me).

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  4. Though it’s been years. I really love visiting DC. About ten years (okay, maybe twelve.) ago. We drove down from NYC in a major snowstorm to see an old friend’s band play a reunion show. It was so beautiful and picturesque. Your post made me want to plan another visit.

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    1. thedailyhaley93 July 28, 2018 — 8:28 pm

      Thank you very much! We went in the middle of winter and our Florida bones couldn’t handle it.

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  5. I haven’t gone into DC in years and I live like 3 metro stops from the Smithsonian stop – but I gotta say the Lincoln Memorial is the most grand thing ever. Such an emotional experience.

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    1. thedailyhaley93 July 30, 2018 — 12:57 pm

      It really is. I loved it!

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  6. Great post! I visited Washington D.C. several years ago and found it to be a fascinating city. Thank you for following BrewNSpew.

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  7. The metro is always so much fun! I love the idea of it. We used it a lot in Paris, but we had to be careful and not get lost!
    Coco| pjsandstuff.wordpress.com


    1. thedailyhaley93 July 31, 2018 — 5:31 pm

      I loved the one in Paris!


  8. Very interesting article. Anand Bose from Kerala

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  9. Sounds and looks like a great trip 🙂

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    1. thedailyhaley93 August 5, 2018 — 1:00 pm

      It was! 🙂

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  10. I LOVE DC. That B&B you stayed at looks so charming!

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  11. Thank you for liking my post on Atlantic City . Washington DC is one of my favorite cities . I take the Metro if I don’t walk. If you ever go back, you can start at the Washington Monument and walk to the Lincoln Memorial . You’ll be on the National Mall. The WW2, Vietnam War Memorial , Korean War Memorial , Lincoln Monument are all there. The MLK Memorial is right by the FDR Memorial . A weekend in DC just doesn’t cut it here . So much to see and a lot of it is free. Go early to avoid the crowds.

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  12. What amazing blog, I like it.
    Good job.

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  13. Thanks for the love Haley and for showing me to your space where i can find helpful information for my travels.

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  14. www.tourismobserver.com August 10, 2018 — 7:50 am

    Reblogged this on Tourism Observer.


  15. geaniewrites.wordpress.com August 14, 2018 — 2:07 pm

    Hi Haley, thanks for following my blog. Have you ever been to Spain? We’re about to go and I’d love some tips.


    1. thedailyhaley93 August 14, 2018 — 2:15 pm

      No. But I’m desperate to go. You’ll have to give me tips! Haha


  16. The trolley tour looks fun! Thanks for stopping by our blog!

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  17. Spent a lot of time in DC as a lobbyist in the early 80’s…you brought back some nice memories.

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  18. Very nice. I’ve been there a few times but always for protest marches.


  19. Your post is very helpful. I will use that on our US trip if granted a US Visa. Thanks a lot!

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I hope you enjoy your trip.


  20. Otello restaurant was worth the walk! I’ve just returned from D.C. and used your suggestion to dine there. I’ll pick Veal Saltimbocca almost any time it is on the menu and this one did not disappoint. Your Alfredo selection would be a winner because their pasta was perfect. The hosts were friendly and welcoming in a comfortable “welcome to the neighborhood” atmosphere.


    1. I’m so glad you went there and that you enjoyed the food! 🙂


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