2018 Vacation Day 7: DC

It took us about 3 hours to get to D.C. simply because of traffic. Also, our weather luck had finally run out because it was well and truly raining.

Our passenger van has been awesome, but we didn't think about how difficult it would be to park in a city. Most city parking is underground and our van is too tall to fit in the vast majority of them.

After attempting to pull into one garage that was supposed to be big enough and turned away, and parking on the street just to be told by a kind passerby that that spot was reserved for food trucks, we finally located a parking spot just a couple of blocks from the museum.

It was pouring, but we donned our ponchos and made a beeline for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

[caption id="attachment_4427" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The Spirit of St. Louis[/caption]

That's pretty much the only picture I took. Everyone else in town had the same rainy-day idea as us so the museum was pretty crowded.

I did enjoy the section on aerial photography and the large exhibit dedicated to the Wright Brothers. The boys really seemed to enjoy all of the exhibits about space travel and how that's changed through the years. They especially enjoyed the space toilet.

Our next stop was the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

The narwhal exhibit was our first stop and was really interesting and informative. Next, we walked through the animal displays. We would have liked to have stayed longer, but we were all hungry at this point and the cafes in both museums had been shut down for renovation.

Knowing how difficult it would be to find parking elsewhere in the city and not wanting to take a long walk/jog in the rain, we decided to call it a night.

Right across the Potomac River is Alexandria. They have a lovely riverwalk area bursting with shops and restaurants. The rain held off and we were able to find good parking. Dinner was at Rosa Mexicana and it was soooo good.

Our hotel was nearby so we headed straight over there. Ben and I ducked out for a bit to grab coffee at a local coffee shop and then we were ready to call it a night.


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