The itinerary is below and more pictures are here.
Day 1 - Tuesday, December 21st - Driving Day
- Left around lunch time after dropping Duncan at Woof City for his pet vacation
- Drove from DFW to Tennessee, stopping late in Hurricane Mills, just west of Nashville after 620 miles
- Left our cheapy hotel early then attempted a quick stop at Andrew Jackson's home - but it was still closed and nothing was visible from the gate :(
- Drove through foggy Smokey Mountains and snow-covered hills with a quick stop Charlottesville for a walk around the pretty University of Virginia campus
- Made it to Rob & Melissa's around 8:30 and had time for a quick visit before bed after 690 miles
- Took a neat tour of the FBI Academy where Rob works
- Went on a snowy hike in the neighborhood to Government Island, where stone for DC buildings was quarried in the 1800s
- Trekked to Maryland for dinner and a Christmas concert at the LDS temple and got our first taste of DC driving - crazy!!
- Drove to Richmond to check out the sites
- Visited the Museum of the Confederacy and toured Jefferson Davis's home, used as the southern White House during the Civil War
- Explored downtown, Monument Avenue, and Hollywood Cemetery filled with soldiers and notables from the Civil War
- Lunch at the Capitol Ale House - I recommend the pretzel bun bratwurst sandwich, yum!
- Stopped at the Tredegar Iron Works/American Civil War Center on the canal
- Enjoyed fun Christmas Eve activities with the family
- Enjoyed a fun Christmas morning with the nephews - who knew Stinky the dump truck was the toy of the year?
- Visited George Washington's Mount Vernon complete with great holiday decorations and a soft scenic snow fall after our tour
- Walked King Street in Old Town Alexandria stopping for tapas and sangria
- Ventured into DC to and checked out a few memorials at dusk - very fun!
Day 6 - Sunday, December 26th - Snow Day + Fredericksburg
- Woke up to snow so relaxed at the house, ran errands and watched football while waiting on the weather
- Drove south into Fredericksburg to check out the battlefield and cute downtown area in the afternoon
Day 7 - Monday, December 27th - Monticello
- Drove into Charlottesville and explored the town and UVA campus a bit
- Grabbed a traditional lunch of old Virginia at historic Michie Tavern (almost as good as Babe's!)
- Spent the day at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello - Matt and Betsy's favorite activity of the trip
Day 8 - Tuesday, December 28th - DC
Made it into DC and parked at Union Station (just getting there was definitely an adventure) and spent the day on a trolley tour walking, exploring, and enjoying the...
- Air and Space Museum
- National Archives - and got an up close view of the founding documents and a surprisingly good lunch at the cafe
- Natural History Museum - Hope diamond!
- American History Museum
- Ford's Theater - a show was going on so we only saw the lobby :(
- White House and National Christmas Tree - and saw the President's helicopter practice landing on the lawn
- High-tailed it home on the HOV lane before traffic got too horrible
Day 9 - Wednesday, December 29th - DC
Made it back into the city for the second day on our trolley pass and saw plenty more...
- Library of Congress - my favorite, so pretty!
- Capitol Visitor Center
- Botanic Garden - complete with a great holiday display of monuments made from plants and tons of poinsettias and trees
- Enjoyed lunch at the neat Mitsitam Cafe at the pretty National Museum of the American Indian
- Jefferson Memorial
- Franklin Roosevelt Memorial
- Took another trolley line out to Arlington Cemetery and were of course impressed with the changing of the guard
- Korean War Memorial
- Lincoln Memorial
- Vietnam Memorial
- Lafayette Square and the north side of the White House - definitely the better side to visit!
- Hopped down to Old Town Alexandria to wait out rush hour traffic - grabbed pizza and shopped for art at the Torpedo Factory and took home an etching of the city by Mary Morrison
Day 10 - Thursday, December 30th - Driving Day
- Got up early and headed home - left at 5:00am, arrived at our house 20 hours later - who says you need two days to drive 1,300 miles?!