Need some advise on our itinerary. We’ll be in DC for 3 nights over the Memorial day weekend. This is a fast paced itinerary with a lot of museum visits, but my husband and I both like visiting museums, so that’s OK. We tried to get congressional tours thru our congressman, but most were not available due to the holiday and weekend. (only the Kennedy Center tour was approved for us, which we’ll probably not do b/c of time constraints)
My question though is waiting in line for the Washington Monument tickets worth it? I couldn’t purchase the tickets online b/c they were sold out for that weekend. Should we skip going to the top of the WM (perhaps go to the top of the Old Post Office Pavilion for views as an alternative) and instead stand in line for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing? I know we won’t be able to see everything. Are we spending too much time in any one place? Also would you recommend we give up seeing a couple of sites such as the Freer/Corcoran museums and Arlington in order to visit Mt Vernon instead? Thank you!
7:15 AM - Arrive in BWI. Take metro to hotel and drop off bags.
9 am - Get some breakfast
10 am – National Air & Space Museum
1 pm – Lunch
2 pm – National Museum of Natural History
5 pm – National Archives
6:30 pm - Check back in at hotel
7:30 pm – dinner somewhere around Dupont Circle
7:30 am – wait in line for Washington Monument tickets (or should we skip going to the top and instead wait in line for Bureau of Engraving and Printing tickets?)
9 am – Washington Monument (assuming we get the 9am entry tickets. If not, will have to come back)
10:30 am – White House Visitor’s Center and walk around outside of WH
11:30 am – Lunch
12:15 pm – Freer & Arthur M Sackler Galleries
1:30 pm – Possibly go to Arlington Cemetery. Won’t be able to see everything in 1 ½ hours, but wanted to visit anyway.
3 pm – See the memorials:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Korean War Memorial
5:45 pm – Union Station and dinner
7:30 am – Wait in line for Capitol Bldg tickets
9 am – Capitol Bldg (assuming we get the 9am entry tickets. If not, will have to come back)
10:30 am – National Gallery of Art
1 pm – Lunch
1:45 pm – Corcoran Galleries
3 pm – Zoo
6:30 pm – Georgetown for dinner
7:30 am – depart for NYC. Taking Bolt Bus.