A trip to Washington D.C. was my Christmas present! I'd always wanted to go and roam around the museums of the Smithsonian and that's what I got to do. We stayed at my timeshare out there but it was kind of out of the way and not very convenient to get back and forth to the city. So if I go back there again I'll definitely stay at the one in Alexandria.
The first day we went to the National Portrait Gallery which was fantastic. Then we wandered over to Ford's Theater and took a tour there. We were the last tour of the day and we got to go really close into Lincoln's box. After that we went into the Spy Museum, which you may think is for kids, but it was one of my favorite museums of the whole trip. A really great museum filled with all sorts of neat stuff. We'd probably have like to stay at least and extra hour, but it was closing time so we had to rush through to the end.
It was the American History Museum that I couldn't wait to see and it didn't disappoint at all. We went through the entire place. Since we were right there and had a bit of time left before the museums closed we went to the Natural History Museum too. We did see the Hope Diamond and the entire gem section was really cool.
It snowed while we were there and the entire city practically shut down! I guess they don't have salt and plows like we do in Chicago. It really was beautiful though, and nice to walk on the mall in the snow. It wasn't too crazy cold.
We also ended up taking a night tour of the city. Unfortunately the pictures didn't come out that great, but it was really nice to ride around and see everything all lit up. And we even got to see the National Christmas tree!