A Weekend in the DMV

Just in case you weren’t aware the DMV stands for D.C, Maryland, and Virginia. Many people are now commonly referring to it as the DMV. So no, I didn’t spend an entire weekend at the Department of Motor Vehicles haha.

Me in Silver Spring ©2014 Holly Dayz
Me in Silver Spring ©2014 Holly Dayz

I actually used to live in Silver Spring, Maryland for a few years when I was younger. I have pretty much been to every monument and museum. Silver Spring  is extremely close to D.C. so if you are looking for cheaper accommodations this is a great option.

Silver Spring has certainly come along way from when I used to live there. They have built it up tremendously. There are a lot of big companies in the heart of it such as the Discovery Channel offices. Although the City Place mall looks deserted when you step inside, the outside area is great! It was fun to walk around and not only reminisce, but see all the new things around.

I picked the Hampton Inn in Silver Spring to stay at. Valet parking is $15 or you can park in a lot which I was told was around the corner. Also if you decide to Valet, keep in mind to call at least 15-20 minutes ahead of time if you want your car. The hotel staff was very nice and lobby looked inviting. They also served free breakfast in the mornings with a variety of food. It was really good and you were able to make your own waffles!

Hampton Inn Comfy Bed ©2014 Holly Dayz
Hampton Inn Comfy Bed ©2014 Holly Dayz
Hampton Inn Room ©2014 Holly Dayz
Hampton Inn Room ©2014 Holly Dayz

The room was very nice. Had a couch and a really nice comfortable bed. Although there were a few times were I could hear other people flushing the toilet. They could afford to sound proof the rooms a bit better. Hearing people in the hallway while you’re trying to sleep wasn’t that great either. There was also a really nice pool that I enjoyed and a fitness room. The best part of the hotel was being able to walk and have a ton of options of restaurants. It it also about a 10 minute walk to the Metro. I would certainly stay here again and recommend the hotel.

Hampton Inn Pool ©2014 Holly Dayz
Hampton Inn Pool ©2014 Holly Dayz

Speaking of the Metro, every person I encountered that worked there were extremely rude. This was not great because I had questions and they really didn’t want to answer them. A few tips about their Metro:

1. Everyone needs their own separate Metro Card.

2. The amount you spend on your ride, depends on how far you go. You need money on your card to get out of the station.

3. The trains run so slow and sometimes stop for long periods of time, so plan accordingly if you are on a time schedule.

Other than that the Metro is the way to go. Taking a cab, especially into D.C. is going to cost you a pretty penny. Mainly due to the traffic.

A view from the Potomac ©2014 Holly Dayz
A view from the Potomac ©2014 Holly Dayz

Although we missed the boat we were originally supposed to get on due to traffic, a very nice gentleman allowed us on another boat where we were able to ride up and down the Potomac River. It was a party boat, pretty much a club on water. I had a lot of fun enjoying the sights and people watching.

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial ©2014 Holly Dayz
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial ©2014 Holly Dayz
National Mall facing the Washington Monument ©2014 Holly Dayz
National Mall facing the Washington Monument ©2014 Holly Dayz

The day we decided to go sightseeing happened to be the day it wanted to on and off pour rain. Despite the rain it was an amazing day. It was fun seeing the Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and The World War II Memorial. The rain hindered a few other sightseeing and food options, but was still a ton of fun.

World War 2 Memorial ©2014 Holly Dayz
World War 2 Memorial ©2014 Holly Dayz

While walking we stopped a couple of people to ask where they thought was a good place to eat. They told us they just came from a restaurant, Elephant and Castle Pub and Restaurant. If you are into London delicacies like fish and chips this is the place to go. They also have American food. The food was good and the atmosphere was nice.

Elephant & Castle ©2014 Holly Dayz
Elephant & Castle ©2014 Holly Dayz

We also headed over to Rockville, MD were they are building up as well and it is really nice. Restaurants and a movie theater it felt very quaint. It was also fun heading over to the National Harbor outlet mall. It was a beautiful drive and a lot of great stores for me to do a little shopping. I also noticed they are getting ready to build an MGM Casino there.

All in all it was an amazing and fun weekend!

24 thoughts on “A Weekend in the DMV

  • January 14, 2015 at 5:53 pm
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    Thanks for clarifying… the travel community has been using “DMV” a lot lately lol and I thought they were talking about the vehicle department! >.< Nice post

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  • January 14, 2015 at 7:47 pm
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    Thank you! lol No problem. When I first heard the term I was like…huh?

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  • February 21, 2015 at 1:32 pm
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    Looks like you covered some M and some D but no V. So much to see in this area.

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    • February 26, 2015 at 10:12 am
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      Yup, there is a lot to do in VA. I have been there many times. As this was a weekend trip and a lot going on there was no room for the V, but it is still the DMV regardless. Perhaps next time.

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  • September 12, 2015 at 2:52 am
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    I laughed at DMV because I had NO idea that area was being referred to as that! We have family in Baltimore and love going out there, there is just so much to see and a great place to take children to to learn about our country’s history

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    • September 13, 2015 at 7:24 pm
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      Yea, many people refer to it as that. There is so much to do!

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  • September 12, 2015 at 3:32 am
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    I had never heard of the area being referred to as DMV – how funny! Your weekend does sound like it was a lot more fun than hanging out at the Dept of Motor Vehicles. Thanks for the great recommendations! We also stay at the Hampton often when traveling around the US – good choice.

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    • September 13, 2015 at 7:26 pm
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      Yea it sure is! Oh so much more fun! It was a good hotel, I liked it.

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  • September 12, 2015 at 4:31 am
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    Haha never knew it was called DMV! We road trip around America next year so I’m saving this info for then! 🙂

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    • September 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm
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      Awesome, glad to be of some assistant. I love road trips.

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  • September 12, 2015 at 6:15 am
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    Hysterical! I was really interested how you were going to entertain with stories of waiting in line at the DMV 😉 In all serious though, fabulous recommendations! I haven’t spent much time exploring my own country (the US) and you’ve inspired me to take a closer look!

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    • September 13, 2015 at 7:32 pm
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      LOL I would cry if I spent an entire weekend there. I am glad I could inspire you. The US has so much to offer.

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  • September 12, 2015 at 3:01 pm
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    Great advice on your blog!

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  • September 12, 2015 at 4:11 pm
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    I just returned from DC this week. I spend most of my time in Friendship Heights in DC, but got a chance to go to Rockville shopping. It’s a shame that it rained when you went on the tour of the monuments. DC is a great place to visit, but it all depends on the time of the year you go.

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    • September 13, 2015 at 7:35 pm
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      I know! I used to live in Maryland and have went to many of the sights, but I am not a fan of rain at all.

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  • September 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm
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    I’m glad you clarified that DMV because I was thinking the same thing! LOL I think the metro is confusing and I’ve had great luck in DC with cabs PLUS you can cram them as full as you want (unlike NYC) and they do not seem to care. 😉

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    • September 13, 2015 at 7:37 pm
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      I am glad you had luck with the cabs. The driver was honest and said it would be cheaper to take the metro because of the traffic and dropped us at the nearest station.

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  • September 13, 2015 at 3:39 am
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    Ha ha… I was like, Huh?! Though sometimes it feels like you spent the entire weekend at the Department of Motor Vehicles! I’ve only been to DC once on a 6th grade field trip. There’s so much to explore in that region. I need to get back for another visit one of these days! A boat ride sounds nice, though I’d probably not opt for the party boat. Sounds like you had no choice, but enjoyed it nonetheless. 🙂

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    • September 13, 2015 at 7:39 pm
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      There is so much to do and see in DC. I hope you make it back soon. Yea the party boat was cool, it had good music, but I would have liked to go on the boat we were originally supposed to go on.

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  • September 13, 2015 at 7:21 am
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    It sounds like a great weekend packed with many activities. I didn’t know what DMV was. Glad you let us know. I would love to visit DC one day!

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    • September 13, 2015 at 7:41 pm
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      DC is a great place to visit. I hope you get there one day

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