Hello! We just returned from a two week trip out East from Chicago ... we spent three days in Washington DC and had a great time. We also spent several days exploring parts of Virginia (Luray Caverns, Shenandoah National Park, Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg, and Jamestown), before spending several days hanging out on North Carolina's Outer Banks. If you would like to see images and explanatory captions from our three days in DC, go to ...
and click on the DC album with Lincoln as the album cover.
The DC images run from photo #2 through #73. There are so many options for tourists in DC, it can certainly be a bit overwhelming trying to narrow down such a myriad of choices. Perhaps the choices we made as a family (my wife, 17-year-old son, and me) will give you some ideas on what to do ... or not do. It's such a great place for families to visit! We love it there.
I will be happy to answer any followup questions you might have. I have used Tripadvisor extensively now for several years and really enjoy being a part of this community of fellow travelers.