10 Sep Tips on what to do in DC!
You’ve decided on your hotel and you’re staying in DC or Arlington – now the big decision is what to see. This depends, as it always does, on the ages of those you are traveling with but the following itinerary everyone should be happy – whether traveling with our smallest pint-sized adventurers, much taller and more experienced adult ones, or anyone in-between.
Land in DC before mid-day and spend the afternoon walking along the mall – seeing the monuments and memorials on the west side of the mall (Washington Monument, Vietnam Memorial, WWII memorial, etc.). Dinner near hotel.
The second day start at the Capitol and do the tour followed by two of the Smithsonian museums of your choice – you’ll probably want to do the Air&Space museum on your first day. Do it! Enjoy it. Have lunch at the food trucks or at the cafeterias/fast food places in the museum. If you have time do a second near-by Smithsonian (Native American or Hirschhorn). Dinner at Old Ebbit Grill near the White House.
The third day leave the Mall and see some more of DC. Go to the White House, see the National Portrait Gallery (have lunch here under the amazing covered ceiling) and then the Newseum. Have dinner at a lively restaurant on 14th Street or in Clarendon/Courthouse – depending on where you are staying. Do a night tour of DC monuments – either driving or walking.
The fourth day head to the National Zoo via metro then go to some of the nearby famous houses including Dumbarton Oaks or the Phillip’s Collection. Or, instead, head to the National Cathedral or the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (take Taxi/Uber from the zoo). Happy Hour and dinner in Georgetown on or near M Street.
The fifth day return to the Mall and do the museums that you skipped before – recommend the Natural History and American History Museums as well as the National Art Museum – all next door to each other on the North side of the Mall. After the museums walk or metro the Arlington cemetery.
The sixth day leave the DC area and come to Alexandria!! Flightline Travel is based here in Old Town – come visit, you’ll love it (our next blog is on Alexandria – stay tuned).
The next day most likely you’ll be heading out of DC – hope you enjoyed our amazing little city!