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Our Trip to Washington, D.C.

May 4, 2017

What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0001 What to Do and How to Travel in Washington, D.C. | East Coast Wedding Photographer

Jason(the hubs) and I took a quick trip to the East Coast last week for the Katelyn James Workshop in Virginia! At first, I was going to go by myself, but we decided to turn it into an adventure for two :) We headed to D.C. on Wednesday morning-ish (we are NOT early birds haha) and immediately started doing the tourist things. We saw the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial,  The White House, and everything in between. I walked over 19,000 steps on the first day, alone! We wised up the next day and rented bikes. For E I G H T  H O U R S! It was exhausting, fun, and eye-opening. There are SO many huge buildings in D.C. that I never even thought about before. There’s a LOT of stuff I never gave any thought before we visited! So here are my tips for traveling/surviving here:

  1. Do NOT attempt to drive in this crazy city that has no parking (seriously, no parking anywhere)
  2. Capital Bikeshare will be your saving grace (unless, of course, you use the Metro)
  3. If you want steak for dinner, you better not wear your yoga pants (or shorts, or anything “casual”). Also be prepared to spend over $100.
  4. Do not ride your bike all the way to Arlington Cemetery. Take a Taxi or Uber! Trust me.
  5. Utilize the earplugs that your hotel offers. Trying to sleep through non-stop sirens is not easy!
    What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0002 We didn’t get there in time for the famous cherry blossoms, but the tulips were still looking pretty good!What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0003 There are statues. EVERYWHERE. And they’re really weird. What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0004What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0005There were some interesting things in front of the White House.
    What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0006What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0007 Obligatory Whitehouse selfie.What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0042 Pro photography tip: If there are tons of people in your shot, just aim up! See how they all disappeared in this photo? Sometimes I have to do this kind of magic on wedding days, too. Haha!What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0008What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0009 The buildings in D.C. are so ornate and GORGEOUS! What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0010What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0011What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0012
    No, this is not a baby announcement LOL. What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0013 I wish I had a photo of us taking this photo. The Washington Monument is REALLY tall, so we had to lean over, almost parallel to the ground, and Jason was holding his jacket up to shade us! What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0025 All of the marble had me in love! I wish I could photograph my couples here! What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0014What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0015What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0016What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0017What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0018What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0019What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0020 I spotted this beautiful bush and made Jason take my picture ;)What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0021What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0044What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0022What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0023What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0024What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0026What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0027What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0028 Every building seemed to have beautiful unique lanterns.
    What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0029What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0030What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0031What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0032Day 2:  THIS was our saving grace! We rode these things everywhere! The best part about them? They’re cheap!What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0033What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0034 Pro tourist tip: some bike lanes are in the middle of the street! It’s a lot faster than riding on the sidewalk.What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0035What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0036What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0037What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0038 This was one of my favorite restaurants. Their chicken sandwich was out-of-this-world amazing. The Mac and cheese was pretty good too ;)What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0056What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0057What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0058 The International Spy Museum was a favorite of mineWhat to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0040What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0043What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0039 I also have a new respect for pigeons. What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0041
    What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0045What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0046 I want to reiterate: Do not ride a Capital Share Bike to the Arlington cemetery! There’s nowhere to park it! We learned the hard way, so we had to take photos from the outside. What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0047What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0048What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0049 The Smithsonian was my all-time favorite. I just kept imagining how gorgeous an engagement session would be here! What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0050What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0051What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0052What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0053What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0054 By the time we got to the capital we were so exhausted we couldn’t muster the energy to go in. haha. What to do in Washington D.C. and How to travel by Allison Jeffers Wedding Photography 0055

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 Allison Jeffers is a photographer and educator serving sweet brides and helping other creative entrepreneurs reach their goals. She specializes in wedding photography and proposals as well as Bridal and Engagement portraits in Texas. She is available for travel worldwide and has her passport ready!

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