The last full day in Washington was spent doing whatever my husband wanted; it was his birthday after all. So we went to the National Air and Space Museum, (NASM) we arrived a bit too early and lined up with the rest of the eager tourist ready to explore the museum. We ended up doing the FREE tour because almost everything is free and we were tired so it was nice to have someone tell us the history rather than read it. The NASM holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. I am glad I was not around when the first airplanes were invented because there is no way you would have gotten me into one of those. The most fascinating thing about NASM almost all space and aircraft on display are originals or backups to the originals.
We decide to keep today low key since the day before we walked our feet off and were still very sore. So we took a nice break at lunch and walked up only one block to the holiday Inn to the restaurant and had a bite to eat for lunch before going back and tackling the rest of the museum.
We ended our day early so we could get back to the hotel of course by the wonderful metro system that Washington has and change for dinner
Birthday dinner consists of “Rays the Steaks”, steakhouse highly reviewed as one of the best steaks with little frills restaurant. I made the reservation online with open table, great website highly recommend it. We again took the metro since it gets you everywhere and is relatively cheap way to travel. Found the restaurant and was greeted pleasantly and shown our table. The menu was incredible but we both decided to try the Hanger Steak special that came with macaroni and cheese (the best I have ever had) and creamed spinach (I did not eat my spinach). The Hanger steak is described as Rich, intense (but not the most tender) all very true except mine was tender, the taste in indescribable I was not expecting it, but pleasantly surprised. A hanger steak is a cut of beef steak prized for its flavor. Derived from the diaphragm of a steer or heifer, it typically weighs about 450 to 675 grams (1 to 1 1⁄2 pounds). This cut is taken from the plate which is the lower belly of the animal. In the past it was sometimes known as “butcher’s steak”, because butchers would often keep it for themselves rather than offer it for sale.
The restaurant was awesome and our waitress (wish I remembered her name) was amazing, she brought us a complimentary ice cream cake dessert for my husband’s birthday and then a taster of a small dessert which I can only describe as being peanut butter cookie dough.
The next morning it was time to make that long drive home, 8 hours almost exactly so it was a good night sleep for us.
Washington D.C. and the Residence Inn Marriott, Arlington provided us with a great mini vacation, and we can’t wait to go back again.
Oh What A Journey!