Pambling Roads ~~ Washington, DC
Pambling Roads ~~ Washington, DC
Rockville, Maryland was more of a pit stop so we could visit my aunt who lives in Sykesville. We were pleasantly surprised and plan to stay there longer when we return to the area. We stayed at the Best Western on West Montgomery. It was a great stay, tremendous breathtaking view, and an on site restaurant. My husband thoroughly enjoyed their breakfast selection. The employees were happy, smiling, joking with each other, customers and at the same time were able to conduct their jobs thoroughly and professionally.
We even got to see our very first groundhog!
Callaway's Restaurant is located in the Best Western serves your pizza, wings, salads, beer, and wine with a smile and excellent service.
Westminster, Maryland was a driving tour for us. It was a nice relaxing ride through the mountains, farming area, and hills with breath-taking scenery. We did stop by the visitor’s center and drove around the historic district, which has a smorgasbord of different architectural buildings. In the Courthouse Square, you will find several noteworthy homes and churches along East Main Street and North Court Street. The Kimmey House is the oldest house in the Square. It is now the office for the Historical Society of Carroll County. The employees at the visitor center were pleasant, informative, and welcoming. There was a battle here, Corbit’s Charge that has some fascinating history attached to it. Unfortunately, the photos we took came out blurred but their website offers great pictures for you to see.
Cool Stuff we saw on the way:
We met people from: Australia, Canada, Serbia, Romania, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Washington, Wisconsin, DC, Virginia, and Tennessee.
We missed our turn. So we ended up flubbing our way through DC and managed to circle around to find Arlington. We saw a side of DC most tourists don't and that was okay. then we managed to get around to another part and found some awesome sites that weren't on the agenda. Isn't that the point of traveling to new places?
We stayed at the Best Western/Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. We stayed at this particular Best Western the last time we were in the DC area. It worked out quite well before and we decided to stay there again.
DC is one of the most memorable places we have ever been. There is no charge for most of the sites in Washington, DC. We were there for almost a week and still did not see and do everything we planned. It was exciting to see the three helicopters heading toward the White House and watching President Obama landing and heading into the house. (Three helicopters means the President and two helicopters means the Vice President.) The last time we were there, we saw President Bush's motorcade heading into the Whitehouse driveway.
We purchased tickets to the Old Town Trolley; it is the best way, in our opinion, to travel around DC. Their employees and drivers are awesome. It is definitely a must-do for anyone who wants to know all the little things and extra special history that surrounds DC. Since we only bought the trolley tickets for two days, we took a taxi to DC the rest of the time. The people we encountered at all the sites, tourists and employees were great. The employees were helpful, pleasant, and informative. From the monuments to the Smithsonian museums everyone was smiling and willing to answer our many questions.
This trip we went to:
The Capitol Building, U.S. Botanic Gardens,
The Washington Monument
National Air and Space Museum, (Yes, I know we are from the Space Coast but we just had to!) When I saw the Space Toilet, all I could think of was The Big Bang Theory and Howard. We touched a piece of the moon!
There was a section for the different military services. The WW II section stood out for me, as well as the section with the Tuskegee Airmen.
Natural History Museum
American History Museum
Martin Luther King Memorial
The Washington Monument
Vietnam Vet’s Memorial, the Korean War Memorial,
The house where President Lincoln died
The picture of the column above on the right is created from all books written about Abraham Lincoln.
We walked by the Supreme Court but it was full of scaffolding and we did not go into the building. As much as we did see, it is just a small drop of everything that visitors can do in the nation’s capitol.
A few highlights:
All the Smithsonian Museums
The National Cathedral
The original Star Spangled Banner that Francis Scott Key saw looking out his window when he was incarcerated.
The hat Abraham Lincoln wore the night he was murdered.
First Ladies inaugural gowns
The original Kermit the Frog
Harry Potter's cape
Awesome collection of guitars and musical instruments
The Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz
A lot of Dinosaurs and animals
The Hope Diamond
A moon rock
An Apollo Command Module
The Spirit of St. Louis
The original Star Trek Enterprise
The Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment
My Uncle Eugene O’Neill’s book The Iceman Cometh (on display in the Library of Congress)
Thomas Jefferson’s Library (Library of Congress)
The Jefferson Memorial
We decided we wanted to end our trip with a visit the Arlington National Cemetery, the memorials, and monuments. We ended our time in DC by observing the Changing of the Guard. It was breathtaking, awe inspiring, and humbling.
We stayed a week in the nation’s capital and had dined at many different restaurants. The best one was a comfortable and relaxing dine where we also enjoyed drinks at the Monuments Restaurant and Lounge at the Comfort Inn next door to the Best Western/Pentagon in Arlington. The food was cooked to perfection and our server, Lipi, was pleasant, friendly, and did not leave us wanting or waiting for anything. He left an excellent and lasting impression on the both of us. Lipi was just one of those awesome people and considering that I tend to warm up slowly to people, I felt a connection toward him that is rare for me. We had the privilege of meeting a friend of his, Elena, (not sure if I’m spelling her name correctly) and struck up a conversation with her as well. They were looking forward to becoming US citizens within a few months. My husband and I wish them well.
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