My roommate in New York studied for a semester in Washington, D.C. during college before finishing her Masters degree there as well. Thats where she met her best friend who also lives in New York now. Whenever I brought up the idea of visiting, they both weren’t jumping at the idea – so I decided to force them into it by making it my birthday trip.
It was a fairly easy bus trip from New York, not to mention much cheaper than the train. We were able to stay with a friend of my roommate’s who she knew from her time living there. We hit the ground running when we arrived because we had celebration plans for the next day, and knew we wouldn’t be getting too much done.
We stored our luggage at the train station since it was walking distance from most of the areas we wanted to see. The first stop was the Capitol. Unfortunately it was under construction so slightly underwhelming – but very near by was the Supreme Court and Library of Congress.