Exploring Washington, DC – Being a Tourist in My Own City

Exploring Washington, DC – Being a Tourist in My Own City At the Lincoln Memorial

I am not from Washington, DC, but I am from about 20 minutes outside of DC from a city in Maryland. With that being said, it is safe to say that Washington, DC is in my backyard and I’ve grown up around it. While being home for the holidays, I decided to go exploring and be a tourist in my own city!

If you read my last blog post, you should know that I was home for the holidays. The weather in the DMV area (DC. MD. VA.) is super bipolar and towards the end of December, it was 60+ degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 degrees Celsius). My sister and I decided to take advantage of our Saturday and the warm weather by going to DC for the day and exploring a bit. We ended up being tourists in our own city which was super fun.

We grew up always being super close to the White House and all of the National Monuments which made them super normal for us. It was common for us to go into the city on a regular basis and pass by these things so we completely normalized them, whereas tourists, who are not used to this, are super amazed by these things.

Brunch in Washington, DC

Exploring Washington, DC – Being a Tourist in My Own City - Brunch

My sister and I started off our day by having brunch – what’s new. We ate at one of my all-time favorite brunch spots in Washington, DC – La Boqueria. There are 2 locations, one in Dupont and the other in Penn Quarter.

Exploring Washington, DC – Being a Tourist in My Own City - La Boqueria Brunch

La Boqueria is inspired by the La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain – no wonder I am obsessed, right? They have an unlimited brunch menu where you get all you can eat tapas and your drink of choice – mimosa, sangria, etc.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Smithsonian Art Museum

After brunch, we went a couple of blocks down to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This was my first time here in such a long time so I was very excited.

Our plan was to then go down to the monuments and we could’ve walked – it would’ve taken about 30 minutes – but we decided to rent Lyft Scooters that we found on the street. They sped up the process and were a lot of fun to ride. It was my first time on one and you see these kinds of scooters all over D.C. from different companies.

The D.C. Memorials

Exploring Washington, DC – Being a Tourist in My Own City - Lincoln Mem

We stopped at the National Monument, walked along the reflecting pool, and made our way to the Lincoln Memorial.

It was a beautiful day out and we weren’t the only people taking advantage of it. The National Mall was filled with people, but it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for the area.

Overall, we had an amazing day. Any day spent with my twin sister is great and I am glad that we got to go explore Washington, DC like we did years ago.

Have you ever been a tourist in your own city? What was it like?

Let me know!

Much love,

N.

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