Without a doubt, one of my favorite days in Washington, DC was strolling through the quaint housing on Capitol Hill when we ventured from the National Mall area to Union Market. Walking down streets that were lined with cherry blossoms and colorful houses, while sipping my soy latte from a non-touristy coffeehouse… was pretty much my definition of a perfect morning.
▲ Between the colorful townhouses, green flowering trees, and all the spring bulbs in bloom, I sure love the idea of an annual spring house swap! I really could walk around these streets looking at houses all day.
▲ We hiked over to Union Market on one of our last mornings and I’m so glad we did! Bar seating cafes, oyster bars, luxurious chocolates, fresh kombucha, swanky shopping (seriously, gold plated coffee spoons?!), a margarita garden… so many fun things under one roof.
▲ Lots of capitol hill is currently undergoing restoration, so unfortunately the capitol and mall weren’t in their peak glory, but they were still incredible.
▲ I have a major soft spot for gardening, so the United States Botanic Garden was top on my list of places to see. Each room was designed around a different climate so we walked from a hot and humid tropical room with a walkways along the ceiling to explore the tree’s canopy, to hot and dry world deserts chock full of cactuses, a mediterranean room with a beautiful mosaic water fountain, a room of ancient fern species, and a room of rare and endangered plants.
▲ I’ve heard that Washington DC, in spring, is a rough place to be if you have allergies. And, I just so happened to have a sinus cold while out there… or maybe it was allergies? I still don’t want to admit that I might have allergies. Anyway, we just missed the cherry blossoms at Tidal Basin but they were in bloom all around the city, so at least we didn’t leave empty-handed.
▲ Oh and these crispy little dumplings and bowl of ramen goodness? It’s only the most delicious thing I’ve consumed probably all year. If you are planning a trip to Washington DC within this lifetime, go to Daikaya Ramen Shop. Yes you will have to wait a while to be seated. Yes it is entirely worth it, no matter how much your feet are screaming at you from hiking all over capitol hill five billion times.
▲ The main entrance of Ronald Reagan Airport reminds me soo much of an English train terminal, just without platform 9-3/4.
Find part one of our Washington, DC photos HERE.
Tell me – what’s your favorite food spot in Washington, DC?