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  • Michelle Bucher | March 23, 2015 6:00 AM ET

    This One Time We Road Tripped to the White House…

    This One Time We Road Tripped to the White House…

    There’s something about Washington, D.C. that I really like. I fell in love with the city while road tripping through town, I can’t quite put my finger on why. It’s just an awesome city.

    I've always wanted to road trip the east coast of America, and specifically visit the White House. Not too long ago, we finally made that road trip dream happen.

    We were running behind on our road trip schedule, so we ended up arriving in Washington, D.C. around midnight. We had planned on reaching North Carolina by sunrise, so like true road trippers, we lived in the moment and went exploring at night.

    We sat outside the White House making pb & j sandwiches for a midnight snack before heading towards the Washington Monument. This is what road tripping is all about, making memories like this.

    I was actually surprised at how many people were out exploring at this time of night, and even for being so late, we had to wait for people to leave so we could get some good pictures of us near the monument.

    This might be a great tip to keep in mind if you're traveling here, visit during strange hours of the night for less crowds.

    After exploring the Washington Monument, we spent a bit of time paying our respects in the National World War II Memorial. They've really done a beautiful job on this memorial site.

    From here, we made our way down a beautiful walkway towards the Lincoln Memorial. By this time it

    was around 2 in the morning. There were well over a hundred people walking around the Lincoln Memorial. I can only imagine what it’s like here during the summer time.

    After seeing the Lincoln Memorial, we made our way back to the White House and actually walked around the whole place. Although we didn't technically do anything while at the White House, just being there was a cool experience all in its own.

    Our road trip through Washington, D.C. was short, but wonderful. It makes me kind of regret sleeping through most of my history classes when I was young, but if I had an opportunity like this when I was young, I think I would have been more interested in learning about history.

    Road trip note: if you’re traveling with a GPS, don’t type in Washington Monument into attractions. It will take you down a dirt road way out of town.


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Michelle Bucher Road Rules From the Road Trip Blogger

Michelle Bucher Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michelle has spent the past six years on various road trip adventures around North America. She's road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog,, showcasing stories from her random road trip adventures.
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