I booked a trip to come to DC for the first time over Labor Day weekend. I'm so excited as DC has been on my list for a while. I am in my early 30s and there are 4 other friends coming as well all in late 20s-early 30s. I've been reading the forum and looking online to decide exactly what I want to see/do. There are so many things!!! Below is my list....can anyone tell me if this is doable for 5 days? I know some places are going to be more photo ops...but the Smithsonian will take more time. Any other suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated as well.
National Mall - Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, WW II Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Koren War Memorial (I think these are all close to each other)
Smithsonian - Air & Space Museum, Natural History and American History. (those can be condensed or narrowed down)
White House (I am waiting to hear back from a Congressman on a tour)
Arlington National Cemetery
Washington National Cathedral (picture)
Fords Theatre - where Lincoln was shot
? President Lincoln's cottage
I've also been looking into the Old Town Trolley or the Hop-on/Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tours. Both of those seem to cover a lot of what I want to see. I know I have done the Double Decker Tours in other major cities (London, NYC, Chicago) and gotten a lot of information from them that I wouldn't have known touring myself.
We have not gotten our hotel yet. We are planning on Pricelining that. We were told to stay in Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Alexandria or Alrington areas.
Thanks again for any tips or suggestions!