Too often we forget how lucky are to live in the Ohio Valley. Our local communities are some of the best you can find, but one of the major perks is how close we are to so many different things. The ease with which we can get Washington, D.C. is something we should all remember. While my family and I have been to D.C. several times now, we always forget how close we are. A few weekends ago we traveled to the D.C. area for my daughter’s All-Star Cheer Competition at National Harbor, Maryland. Driving from the Moundsville area to D.C. is not bad and its interstate almost the entire way! It took us about four and a half hours to get there. That might seem like a lot for some, but we travel about four and a half hours just to visit my family and hometown in Southern West Virginia. The reward at the end of the drive is well worth it!
We may not always agree about the politics going on inside the buildings in Washington, but we can all agree that there is a sense of awe when you get to see the White House, the U.S. Capital and the Washington Monument! Walking the National Mall and entering the Smithsonian Museums could take weeks to fully enjoy. D.C. is certainly worthy of weekend getaways at nearly anytime of year. On our last trip we took the opportunity to do some things we hadn’t done before. We were able to take a tour at the Library of Congress and to visit the FDR Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at the Tidal Basin. We were also able to return to one of our favorites, the National Archives. At the National Archives you can see the very documents on which our Country is found. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are all available to review! In years past we have taken the U.S. Capital tour, visited the Senate Chambers while it was in session, visited Arlington National Cemetery and visited nearly all the other monuments. The metro system in D.C. is not too complicated and very clean compared to some other subway systems. Most of the sites have free attendance and, believe it or not, most of the hotels in the area are cheaper on the weekends than they are during the hustle and bustle of the work week. Do yourself a favor and consider the trip to D.C. next time you might be looking for a weekend getaway.