My dear friend Liz is in town for a few days, and it’s nice to have an excuse to do tourist things! This is the first time I’ve hosted someone here, so I’ve been having a blast pretending I’m already a settled local. Yesterday was extra-special and I hit new territory for me, so I decided that it counts as a Date with DC.
We started our day at the National Museum of the American Indian, which most locals will tell you is the best food on the mall. After treating ourselves to a great lunch, we walked around the exhibits, which was very eye-opening. During my first trip to NMAI last August, I was embarrassed by how little I knew of our country’s history, so I strongly recommend visiting this museum if you get the chance.
Here’s the obligatory picture of owl artifacts because I’m in love with them.
We then went on a walk, which passed the Newseum. This museum costs about $20 to visit and we were on a budget, but you can see one of the coolest parts- a newspaper’s cover page from every state and several countries.
We ended up near Chinatown, and after grabbing the obligatory Dunks that us Boston folks run on, went to the Reynolds Center, which houses the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Unless I happened to go on our DC trip when I was 9 (I don’t remember. Mom?), this was my first visit. If we’re friends in real life I’ll direct you over to the photo album where I uploaded tons of pictures, but here were a few of my highlights:
Liz was excited to see “the Oscars”.
There’s a beautiful covered courtyard in the middle of the Reynolds Center, which is definitely worth a few minutes break during a museum trip.
We headed back home, where we met up with some of our friends and walked to Fort Reno in Tenleytown for the sunset, where we enjoyed a picnic snack in the lovely sweater weather. I fell a little extra in love with DC yesterday, and I hope to keep our romance blossoming in spring.