In between our two Pennsylvania adventures we spent a few days in the U.S. capital and found our way to numerous iconic and imposing monuments, buildings and movie locations.
After Gettysburg we drove 90 minutes to Washington D.C and stayed right on the state border with Maryland at an Airbnb with the famous Pennsylvania Avenue just around the corner (read our review here).
It was nice to have a bigger living space so we took the time to have a couple of quieter days to relax and recharge a little and catch up on a bit of schooling and life admin.
After our break we were ready for a good explore. We parked at a nearby metro station and found our way to Arlington National Cemetery (which is technically in the state of Virginia) where we watched the changing of the guard at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and visited the grave sites of JFK and Jackie O. We travelled back into D.C and spent some time wandering around West Potomac Park where we saw some incredibly well known structures and some beautiful monuments.
The Lincoln Memorial & Reflecting Pool
Korean War Veterans MemorialMartin Luther King Jnr MemorialThomas Jefferson Memorial
The World War II MemorialThe Washington Monument
Capitol HillThe National Christmas Tree
And of course…
The White House
Another amazing day out walking and scooting around the American capital. They certainly love a monument here as well as having many iconic buildings. We recalled numerous movies and TV shows that featured some of the ones we saw and couldn’t believe we were actually in amongst them all. Such a dream day.
Being aware that all the Smithsonian locations are free entry and with the boys loving animals we decided to check out the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C. It certainly wasn’t one of the best animal encounters we have had, but they seemed to be doing quite a lot of renovations and enclosure upgrades while we were there and the boys enjoyed it. Including seeing a few new animals for the first time such as wolves and beavers.
After D.C (B) we returned to Pennsylvania and the Fresh Prince’s hometown of Philadelphia (C) (which you can read about here) and then we were off to spend a few days in Atlantic City (D).From Philadelphia we drove 100 kms to Atlantic City (D) and it was in this part of America that we started to experience our first lot of road tolls. Logan had once again managed to get us some complimentary nights with our Caesars Rewards program, so we stayed three nights at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino (read our review here).
At this time of year a lot of things had “closed for the season” and while we had nice sunny days, the temperatures weren’t even getting close to double digits. We walked and scooter the extensive beachside boardwalk, but didn’t get up to too much else. We knew we had a couple of busy and exciting weeks ahead with Lincoln’s 10th birthday, Christmas and New Year’s Eve all to be celebrated in The Big Apple.
Average Daily Spend for 9 nights – $217.45 NZD ($70.05 under budget per day)