Trip to Washington, D.C.

Every year, I try to take one of my sons on a trip so we can have some father son time.  At the end of this month, I will take my youngest son (12 years old) to Washington, D.C.  I made this same trip last year with my third son.  I’m interested in any comments and thoughts you may have about what to see (or what not to see) in Washington.

As of now, Congressman Harper’s and Senator Cochran’s offices have lined up tours of: the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the Capitol.  I’ve lined up a tour of the Pentagon.  As of yet, we don’t have a White House tour; but I took it last year and was underwhelmed.

We plan to go to as many of the Smithsonian Museums as possible.  We will go to the Air and Space Museum, the American History Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the National Archives, and the National Portrait Gallery.

We will walk around the White House as well as the Mall.  We will go to the World War II memorial, the Korean War memorial, the Vietnam War memorial, the Lincoln memorial, and the Washington Monument.  We will probably make Arlington National Cemetery.

We will also go to the International Spy Museum and the Newseum.

We will catch a game of the Nationals and DC United.

I’m wondering whether the bus tours are worthwhile.

Any thoughts about changes or what else?

4 thoughts on “Trip to Washington, D.C.

  1. While catching the memorials, don’t skip the Jefferson. And make the trip to the Holocaust Museum (next door to Printing and Engraving). I wasn’t sure about it being worthwhile, until I went the first time. Have been back.

    If you have transportation (rental car??) make the trip out to Mt. Vernon. 20 minute or so ride from mall. I don’t know that the bus ‘tours’ are that worthwhile, but it used to be – assume they have the same deal – a good, cheap way to get from one to another of these places. They had a full day ticket that you could around to most all these places and you could get on and off at your will.

    By the way – enjoy your blog!

  2. Looks like you’re doing the essentials. The Holocaust Museum is powerful. Seeing the monuments at night is cool, especially the Korean War Memorial and Jefferson Memorial. There is a nighttime bus tour for that. If you are tired of walking and want a break for refreshments, there is an interesting cafe on an elevated platform in the middle of Union Station close to the Capitol. Not much to see at Ford’s Theatre but lots of folks like to go anyway. There are some great restaurants in Georgetown, but it’s a bit of a hike from the Mall area; if you go, take a cab. You can also walk around Georgetown U’s campus while you are there. The National Cathedral is impressive, but not easy to get to unless you take a cab.

  3. Second the National Cathedral. Forgot it in my earlier comment, but I wouldn’t miss it. They have a regular schedule of tours and they are well worth the time. It is a car/cab ride to get there – other side of G’town – but not a bad trip.

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