Last week Paul and I decided our little family could use a get-away. We decided to drive up to DC over the weekend and take Riley around the city.
We knew the weather was supposed to be bad on Saturday so we played it by ear to see what we could fit in. We took the "choo choo train" (AKA the Metro) from our hotel in Woodley Park down to the Mall.
The weather was overcast but for most of the afternoon the rain actually held off and the temperature was perfect. I think Riley's favorite thing was riding the carousel.
She would have stayed on that thing all day. I apologize for the blurry pictures - that thing goes around pretty fast!
Next we stopped by the Air and Space museum for Paul and the Museum of National History so Riley could see the dinosaurs. Since we were already dressed for rain, we let Riley play in one of the fountains along the way.
We made it back to our hotel by late afternoon. I can not say enough good things about the Omni Shoreham - great location, beautiful hotel, huge room, great service, etc., etc. Riley was thrilled to have her own bed and loved jumping up and down on it whenever she got the chance.
For dinner, we met Paul's friend Josh at a nearby French restaurant called Petits Plats. It was such a quaint little place and the food was wonderful. After completely stuffing ourselves we walked back to our hotel in the POURING rain and called it a night.
Sunday we woke up to unbelievable weather - sunny and mid 70s!
We ate a delicious breakfast at the Open City Diner across from our hotel. I was super excited because they had chocolate croissants! Then we walked a couple of blocks over to the National Zoo.
We had a blast! The animals were out and about enjoying the nice weather.
I think Riley's favorite part was the elephant. He looked so sweet and could do all sorts of tricks.
All of the animals were fun but my favorite part was watching the orangutans climb over our heads on the rope walks.
It was such a fun weekend and it was exactly what we needed after feeling cooped up over the last few weeks. We are already planning our next trip back. Hopefully next time I can fit in some shopping!