I'm back from my trip to Washington DC. It was a great trip even if the cherry blossom trees hadn't started blooming yet. Best Bee and I saw the majority of the museums & monuments along with the zoo and Old Town Alexandria. Plus, we were able to attend the National Cherry Blossom opening ceremony which had some really fun performers, including a really interesting orchestra called Aun J: www.aunj.jp/eng/eng.html
There were so many cool things that we saw there that it would be hard to pick a fave. The Sackler & Freer galleries with lots of Asian art were definitely awesome. Old Town Alexandria and the port there made for a very relaxing walk. The zoo, as well, was also really nice, free too since it is part of the Smithsonian system. The Natural History Museum has some amazing exhibits. Particularly the gem/stone exhibits, which even had the Hope diamond on display. Plus, there was the live butterfly pavilion which was filled with flowers and butterflies. That was really unique. You could even touch a caterpillar on the way out of the room. It was also really interesting getting to see so many famous works of art. I'm no art scholar, but even I can recognize names like Van Gogh and Monet.
I'd say that the only disappointing thing about the trip was that the restaurants in downtown DC kinda suck. Also, they are pricey. Most of them are chains & most of those are sandwich shops. I was expecting lots more interesting places. There were a few cool places that we got to eat at. A Lebanese place in Old Town that had things like hummus and swarma. A Thai place in downtown that had a variety of quality dishes. Also, a good pizza place called Wiseguys (although, not really the style I prefer).
Also, Virginia, your roads suck. It's pothole central there.