Washington, District of Columbia
Olivia Pope’s wardrobe is something to be marveled, and I imagined myself as a distant second cousin as I took in the sights of the nation's’ capital. Thank the lawd I didn’t come here on my eighth-grade trip. Pretty sure I would have complained the entire time and been thinking about the Lunchable I had stashed away in my Jansport backpack 🎒
D.C. was the business! The most amazing moment of the entire trip was the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This museum is absolutely flawless and holds a dear place in my heart. I wish we could replicate this monument of black history, struggle, light, and love in every state. You actually don’t have to wait months on months to visit. I copped a ticket the morning of, a.k.a the butt crack of dawn, and snatched up 4. If you’re already in the area, this is the way to do it! Each level of the museum had me in tears — happy, sad, heavy, nostalgic, knowing tears. The roots run deep, and everyone must go. Carve out a whole day for this activity, I promise you, it’s absolutely worth every minute!
If this is your first visit, take the time to make the monument rounds! Granted these babies are spread out more than butter on toast, but give your thighs a little exercise, and peep the views. My personal faves were the Washington Monument providing a backdrop for the Reflection Pool and the MLK monument. By the time we considered the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, my legs broke down....so we had admired from afar.
You can scooter around town, visit a rooftop bar, take a food tour, or end the night at a wine bar. My itty bitty amount of time spent in D.C. only ensures that I’ll be back. But don’t forget to get in some time at the Portrait Gallery where the Obamas stay stuntin effortlessly and LL Cool J got a big ass portrait hanging as well (among other greats🧐).
✨Tips and Tricks✨
1. Use that public transpo!! The train and bus are ON TIME — the dream.🚌
2. Check out Daikaya for some bomb Raman in Chinatown!🍲
3. Go to Cork Wine Bar & Market (get a flight of rosé if you’re feelin fancy)🍷👌🏾
4. Don’t try to egg the White House, I can only assume this will end with an arrest 🚔