I am so behind on posting about our DC trip, but better late then never. We had fun, did everything we set out to do (we didn't eat at the cupcake shop, we went but the line was out the door and around the block!).
First of all, our hotel was perfection. Great location, had secure parking (we did have to pay, but worth it), we also had a metro station underneath our hotel, so we just had to take an elevator down stairs to get to it. I found the hotel with a Groupon, and it did not disappoint!
We left early Saturday morning, checked in, and hopped on the metro for the Zoo. We had some confusion with figuring out how to purchase metro tickets (you have to get them from a machine rather then a person), but we figured it out, after some people felt sorry for us, and showed us. The girls loved the metro, and thought it was super cool to ride a train under the ground! The Zoo was fun, honestly though, the Norfolk Zoo is better. Not as crowded, and seemed like there was more animals to see. It was a good Zoo, I guess I was just expecting more. Everything there is super spread out too at the DC Zoo, and easy to get lost in there. The Panda gave birth the day after we left, but sadly the baby cub recently passed away. We didn't see the momma Panda when we were there though. She was no where to be seen, but maybe she was nesting or whatever momma pandas do when they are about to give birth. So sad to hear about the loss of her cub though.
We rode the metro back, and walked to the White House to see that. On our walk back we saw the Ford Theatre where Abraham Lincoln was shot, and then had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. We grabbed some frozen yogurt, and headed back for the night to the hotel where the kids swam on the roof top pool for a little bit.
The next morning we hit up two museums - The American History one, and Natural History one. We then did some site seeing with the monuments, Washington Monument, WW2 Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, etc.