Post # 1
Hi DC Bees!
Many of you were very helpful when I posted on the honeymoon boards about the honeymoon we are planning in DC! I cannot express how much that made my day. Believe it or not, Fiance and I have never planned a big trip. We have always been busy with work or school and our schedules never coincided. So we are planning our dream honeymoon to Washington DC! We will be in town from October 24th to October 31st. So far we plan on spending the most time in DC, staying in Philadelphia 1 night, staying close to New York City one night, and coming back to spend time in Maryland for a few days so that we can explore that area and possibly go back into DC. We haven’t solidified any plans yet because we want to be sure that they are reasonable. So if anything I am saying sounds a little crazy please tell me lol! If you have any input or suggestions anything please don’t hesitate to tell me! We are also trying to keep the cost of the trip reasonable particularly with hotel costs, but we don’t want to stay at a nasty place either.
Our flight will probably arrive around 11:30 on Monday October 23rd at BWI. We planned on spending October 24th and checking out early morning of October 27th here. We will probably be renting a car on the 26th because many people have advised us to just take the metro since it is easier. We have been looking at staying at The Holiday Inn-Central/Whitehouse or Club Quarters. DC is the priority of our trip so we are hopping not to be planning it too short. We want to see all of the tourist attractions and monuments, Arlington cemetery, White House, Vietnam Memorial Wall, The Smithsonian, etc. Would you ladies recommend taking one of the guided tours? We also cannot leave without seeing the Police Memorial because Fiance is a police officer. We have also heard great things about the Zoo and Caverns.
We planned on leaving early on the morning of the Thursday the 27th and staying in or around Philadelphia Pennsylvania because there is a museum Fiance and I would love to see. We were also going to see some other things in the area as well. I don’t have a hotel chosen for this location yet.
We would leave Philadelphia early on the morning of Friday the 28th to visit a little bit of New York. Fiance and I would love to see the Statue of Liberty and all of the other big things. We planned on staying in Secaucus, NJ at either the Sheraton-Lincoln and taking the Ferry across or Staying at the Holiday Express North Bergen and taking the bus over to New York City.
After this, we planned on leaving early the morning of Saturday the 29th to spend the rest of our time around Maryland to see the beaches and possibly spend some more time in DC. We would be leaving some time on Monday the 31st! Halloween!
Ladies, if you think we are spreading ourselves too thin please let me know! Any input is greatly appreciated. We are so happy to be coming to your city! I have dreamed of going to DC for as long as I can remember! If you have any hotel suggestions, food suggestions, activity suggestions, or if I have something crazy in mind please let me know! Thank you so much for all of your help! It is so greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
We went to DC last July and had so much fun. Have breakfast at Founding Farmers in DC, so delicious. The National Archives were interesting too.
Post # 4
@LGenz- We will definately have to check that out! It’s funny that you mention The National Archives, I am actually reading a book right now that is about a guy that works in The National Archives!
Post # 5
Yay! We’re so glad to have you! I’m sure you have the drives timed from here, but I-95 (DC-Philly-NYC) can get pretty trafficky so allow some extra for those just in case.
Your museum choices all sound great–for tours, Tourmobile’s the big one, but there are a lot of other great tours too. I haven’t tried it, but there’s a hop-on-hop-off bus service that stops near my work. You can’t miss it, the buses are double-decker and red. Also, they have those Segway tours if you feel like toodling around on Segways, LOL.
The monuments, Smithsonian, Archives, and VVM are all within walking/bus hopping distance of each other. Arlington Cemetery is a little farther away, over the river in Virginia; Metro goes there though. If your hotel is near the White House, you’ll have to Metro/cab/car to the Zoo as well. But it’s a great Zoo!!
The Police Memorial is right next to my office, I eat lunch there sometimes 🙂 It’s beautiful. The National Portrait Gallery is within walking distance from the memorial and is a great museum. Also near there is the Museum of Crime & Punishment and the Spy Museum, but both have fees to get in. This is also the area for some wonderful restaurants too.
When you say Caverns do you mean Luray Caverns? They’re about 2 h away by car. If you go, take Skyline Drive there–it’s a national Park and a couple bucks to enter the road, but amazing views.
I think with a couple days here you will certainly have enough time to see everything 🙂 I second the Founding Farmers suggestion–SO GOOD–we’re having our Rehearsal Dinner at their sister restaurant in Georgetown, yay!
Sorry this is so long! DC is great 🙂
Post # 6
I love DC – I think you guys are going to have an amazing time! Darling Husband and I went for Spring Break once, and we spent 5 full days there, which, I have to say, wasn’t enough for us. We definitely didn’t get to see everything or even close to it! I think Philadelphia is close enough to take a short trip there, but I think NYC might be spreading yourself too thin – there’s no way you can see all the big stuff in a day! If it was me, I’d spend the extra time in DC to make sure I saw everything I wanted to and return to NYC for a longer trip.
For DC, I don’t think you need a guided tour – it’s a very accessible city and easy to navigate. Just bring a good guidebook!
Here are links to some of my favorite DC places, btw:
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- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
Plus, there are free (they work off tips) tours for the monuments that you could go on (check out yelp for reviews). My SIL is in town and we’re planning on one this weekend, We are also taking a tour of the capitol with her. She planned her trip with less notice than yours, but you might be able to check with your representative to see if you can get a tour of the white house too.
Founding Farmers is great, and it is a nice place to catch a bite or a drink before going to the Kennedy Center. If you’re flying into BWI you can also check if the MARC penn line has a train after your flight arrives and you can take the train to union station instead of renting a car. The Zoo is really great, and is a short walk from the Woodley park stop. I also recommend getting a reservation at POV (at the W hotel) for the view, and maybe checking out barcode or 18th st lounge after (depending on where your’e spending the night).
Have a great trip!
Post # 8
Thank you so much for all of your help ladies! It is so greatly appreciated!