As I mentioned in my recap of the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run, the actual race may have taken a bit of a backseat to all of the touring plans I had for my weekend in DC!
When I was last in DC for the Marine Corps Marathon in October I didn’t really do much since I was concerned about not tiring out my legs for the race. Well, I’m pretty sure I more than made up for it with everything I got to see and do on this trip! (Although my legs were not happy about having to run 10 miles on top of it all…)
There are so many great races down in the DC area, so I wanted to quickly share some of the things we did in case any of you should ever find yourself planning a trip to Washington and looking for some things to do!
After Daniel and I checked into our hotel Friday afternoon we headed right down to the National Museum of American History. We only had about two and a half hours until it closed so we made our way through most of the exhibits fairly quickly, but definitely got to see quite a lot!
Saturday morning I headed to a yoga class being held on the National Mall while Dan and Pat went to the zoo.
I love doing yoga outdoors and always jump at the chance to attend classes being held in unique places (like the class I went to in Times Square last year!). I was also excited because I was planning on meeting up with a few fellow runner/ blogger friends at yoga!
It was a gorgeous day and such an amazing place to be practicing!
We grabbed a quick bite to eat and then I headed to The Capitol to meet Dan & Pat for our scheduled tour of The Capitol. (*Tours of The Capitol need to be scheduled in advance, you can learn more about how to scheduled a tour HERE.)
After the tour we stopped back at the room to shower and then had an amazing dinner at a restaurant called Founding Farmers (can’t recommend it enough!) before our next tour – a walk through the night of Lincoln’s Assassination!
This tour was through a company called Free Tours by Foot and basically how it works is all of the tour guides work for tips and you are encouraged to tip what you felt the tour was worth!
Our guide’s name was Chris and honestly he was fabulous! From the moment he began talking until the moment President Lincoln was pronounced dead at the house across the street from Ford’s Theatre I was completely captivated. Chris was part storyteller and part historian and had no problem holding the attention of the group as we walked through DC following in the footsteps of Lincoln’s last night. If you ever have a night in Washington and are looking for something interesting to do I highly recommend this tour!
Sunday after the race Dan, Pat and I had brunch and then headed to meet our guides for a 3 hour DC Bike Tour. We also scheduled this tour through Free Tours by Foot (although I guess in this case it was by bike…) and were lucky enough to basically have a private tour since we were the only 3 signed up!
We spent almost three and a half hours biking around DC and getting to see and learn about all the monuments, I have to say I absolutely loved it and think biking around Washington is a great way to see the city!
Top left to right: The Capitol, The White House & MLK Jr. Memorial
Middle left to right: FDR Memorial, cherry blossoms, Jefferson Memorial
Bottom left to right: Korean War Memorial, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial
Unfortunately after our bike tour it was time to pack up and get on the road to head home. I’d have to say for being in DC for just over 48 hours we really did get to see and do a lot! (And I have to give Dan and Pat credit for putting up with my commando touring plans!)
Do you plan before you go on a trip or just wing it?
Any tips to balancing sightseeing & rest on a race trip?
**P.S. – I’m more than happy to answer any questions about our plans and the tours we did if you have any!**