We ate cereal for breakfast before driving to Manassas National Battlefield which was only a few minutes from our hotel. We watched an introduction video and visited the museum before doing a driving tour around the battlefield. After the battlefield, we decided to hit up our usually trip-planning place – Panera. Their free wifi and tasty food made it the perfect spot to find a table and research on the laptop and iPad.
With it being Labor Day weekend, we were trying to decide if we wanted to go ahead and visit D.C. or buzz up to Gettysburg first to dodge the crowds. We decided to bite the bullet and fight the crowds at D.C. Lauren found an amazing hotel to stay at that was located within 10 minutes walking distance of the Lincoln Memorial and a 5 minute walk to the subway. The hotel (The Hive), referred to itself as a “micro hotel,” and we were able to get a rate of about $100 a night. When we arrived, they upgraded our room for free, and we ended up getting a king size bed in a room with a great view. The room was, indeed, small. It was just big enough to fit a bed, and the bathroom had little room to even turn around in. It was cozy, though, and we loved it. After checking in, we walked down to National Mall and visited each of the main monuments and memorials. We ate dinner at the hotel’s pizza place and enjoyed drinks at the rooftop bar.
End Day 20.