For many American families, visiting the capital of our country is near the top of the list of trips to do. Filled with traditional wisdom and patriotism (and numerous free attractions), Washington D. C. offers an interactive adventure through American history that will not cost a fortune.
Here are few tips for planning the best family vacations to Washington D. C.
Make a list of “must-see” places in advance. Washington is jam-packed with activities, but without time and energy, you can not see everything. Planning in advance will help you select and prioritize activities for the whole family that “must-see”. Most of the main attractions are in a compact area that can be walked on foot. Make note of the schedules of each attraction, so it does not end up locked inside or without being able to enter.
Speaking of museums, the Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum and research complex in the world. Be sure to include at least some of the 18 museums, galleries and the National Zoo on your list of “must-see” things. Most museums and the zoo have free admission and open every day of the year except December 25.
It is said that the National Air and Space Museum is the most popular and suitable for children. Other notable museums include the International Spy Museum, the Holocaust Museum, Newseum, and the National Building Museum.
Pack your walking shoes, camera, and some extra energy, but not too much. Most of the famous landmarks are on the National Mall, an area of three miles which includes the Lincoln Memorial, the United States Capitol, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument and the National Monument to World War II.
To be able to enter almost all of D.C’s attractions, it is necessary to inspect their bags and dispose of food and water in an airport-style security control. Visit the attraction’s website to see exactly what is allowed, but less is better.
Are you worried that children will be bored walking from monument to monument? Talk to a park ranger to give them their own book of junior ranger activities.
Make reservations and request tickets six months before your trip. While tickets are free, tickets are requested for many attractions, such as a tour of the US Capitol. UU. Or a visit to the top of the Washington Monument. These tickets are sold out quickly but can be purchased in advance. Also, hotels can fill quickly and increase prices according to the season, so book six months earlier to make sure you get the best possible price. The most popular and expensive periods to go include from mid-March to mid-June and from mid-September to early November.
One of the things you probably do not want to miss is the White House Walk. You should contact your Member of Congress to request the visit. Applications must be submitted at least three weeks in advance and up to six months before your trip, if possible.
Stroll around the city
It is easy to stick to the activities of the National Mall because of its proximity, but the 176 square miles of the District of Columbia have many other attractions. Enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city with a trip to the top of Washington National Cathedral. At the Cathedral’s Pilgrim Observation Gallery, you’ll enjoy an unobstructed 360-degree view of the city, while the kids can look for gargoyles and a hidden Darth Vader sculpture.
Visit the Georgetown neighborhood
It evolved from an eighteenth-century port city. Shop in the various boutiques, admire the beautiful architecture and take a hike through the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Georgetown is known as one of the best gastronomic destinations of D. C. Also, do not forget to enjoy the sweet delights of the famous Georgetown Cupcakes, the cupcakes store that appears in the series of the television network TLC, DC Cupcakes.
Get advice from friends, family, and locals!
You can get valuable travel tips from family and friends who have visited Washington D. C. Those who know you well may be able to offer you tips on attractions that your family will enjoy most.
But do not dismiss the advice of the locals! A simple internet search will connect you to many local travel blogs that offer valuable details about other people’s experiences. These sites also contain exclusive tips to save time and money.
As with any vacation trip, be flexible with your plans in case of unforeseen circumstances, such as crowded places or bad weather. And remember that you are on vacation creating memories that will last forever. Relax and have fun.