USA series: New York to Washington DC

White House rear

White House rear

New York, New York… its been awesome but its now sadly time to say goodbye.

Today Alex and I are trading fabulous New York for an unknown Washington DC.

As our thoughts now turn to our next destination of Washington DC, we first need to find the departure point for our interstate bus, DC2NY.

As instructed by the DC2NY bus company, we make our way to 34th Street, between 6th and 7th Streets in order to find a “red pole outside the deli, between 6th and 7th Streets”.

We find a red pole outside a deli. On the red pole is the smallest of stickers indicating it is the pick up point for the DC2NY bus that Alex and I have reserved.

We booked our ticket online a couple of days ago for a cost of USD$30 (each).

The bus is scheduled to leave at 1:00pm and should deliver us direct to Washington DC at 5:30pm.  The bus arrives late and we don’t leave until 1:20pm.

1:20pm
We board the bus and, before we even leave the red pole, we are very democratically given two options.

Option 1 is whether a movie will be shown.  Alex is out-voted on this one.  Sorry Alex, looks like its going to be a quiet trip to Washington DC.

Option 2 is whether the trip will be non-stop to Washington DC or include a 15 minute rest stop.

The whole bus raises its hand to vote for a direct non-stop trip.

I wish all long distance bus trips had these options.  I also wish all long distance buses had complimentary onboard wi-fi like this bus company provides.

5:45pm
We arrive in Washington DC and are dropped at Dupont Circle. 

Alex and I are booked to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn (booked through Agoda).  While Dupont Circle is not too far from our hotel, it is far enough and late enough in the day to warrant a taxi.

I quickly notice a stark difference with the taxis here, as compared to New York taxis:

  • the taxis are not very plentiful (pushing rare in comparison); and
  • the taxis are old (not “older” but “old”) and tatty (I’m not fooled by the Five Star Cab Association decal).
Taxi!!

Taxi!!

On the bright side, the taxi fare seems cheaper.

The Hilton Garden Inn is located on 14th Street.  We are allocated a junior suite… sweet!

Hilton Gardens Hotel Junior Suite

Hilton Gardens Hotel Junior Suite

While we don’t have a view, the room is quiet, spacious and clean so we are what you might call “happy campers”.  Our hotel is in a central location, walking distance to most of Washington’s attractions.

7:30pm
As good as the junior suite is, we need to leave it in search of food.  We walk the several blocks to Chinatown and settle on a nice Thai restaurant.

Chinatown meets Washington's Times Square

Chinatown meets Washington’s Times Square

On our way back from the restaurant, we decide to make the most of the lovely mild night and make our way to the White House for some night photography.

9:00pm
We are happily taking some photos on the grounds that extend to the rear of the White House until we are approached by a police officer on a pushbike who firmly asks/instructs us to exit the park as they are closing this section of the grounds.

Whats going on inside the rectangle window

Whats going on inside the rectangle window

The White House according to Wikipedia:

“The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington D.C. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800, and the term is often used by journalists as a metonym to refer to the acts of the President and his top advisors.”

If you think you would like to take a tour of the White House, think again…according to the White House website:

“Public tour requests must be submitted through one’s Member of Congress.

If you wish to visit the White House and are a citizen of a foreign country, please contact your embassy in Washington, DC for assistance in submitting a tour request.”

Too tired now to walk around any more we head back to the luxury of our room… I mean… we return to the luxury of our junior suite.

We pass the Hotel Willard Inter Continental which looks so decadent we take a peek inside. The inside interior is old school charming.

The Willard Inter Continental lobby

The Willard Inter Continental lobby

Tomorrow we will start to explore more and visit some of the museums that form part of the Smithsonian.[showmyads]

For previous USA series post see New York City highlights
For next USA series post see Washington Smithsonian Museums and the Capitol Building