Just thought I'd give a report from our Spring Break trip.
We were in DC on Tuesday, April 10 - Sunday, April 15. Stayed at the Madison Hotel. Hotel was nice, but a couple of caveats: 1) Expedia led me to believe that the Luxury Double Queen was a fair amount larger than the Deluxe. Since we needed a rollaway, I sprung for the extra $30 a night. As it was, it was a really tight squeeze with the roll-away. They had to move the beds closer together and turn the night table. 2) the concierge, Tony, gave us a bum recommendation for dinner at McCormick and Schmicks. He led us to believe it would have a lot of good selections for the kids. It did not - just overpriced adult fare and regular kid fare (pasta, grilled cheese, etc).
Tuesday night, arrived at Union Station and found dinner at Potbelly. It was really yummy and filling. If you aren't sure about the hot peppers, they'll give them to you on the side. They are really hot, but good.
Wednesday, we went to Natural History and spent most of the day there, stepping out to the Pavilion Cafe and walking the sculpture garden until it started raining. Had dinner at McCormick and Schmicks (just ok) and dessert (yummy) at the restaurant.
Thursday, did breakfast at Old Ebbit Grill (really good) and toured the Air and Space in the morning, had lunch at the American Indian museum (interesting choices, though the different windows can be chaotic). The food was pretty good. We left there to meet up with a prearranged Capitol tour. It was great, though we didn't really have time to stop and examine anything. It was very crowded with tours and I almost lost my group once. Also had a "golden ticket" for the senate and house galleries, but didn't realize (yes, I should have) that it wasn't in session so we waited in line and had extra security checks just to walk in and see it. There was no docent or anything. It was a bit of a let down.
Thursday night, had reservations at Founding Farmers which was terrific. Glad we went.
Friday, we planned to do the Duck Tour, but the time we wanted was sold out and we couldn't get another for an hour and a half. Decided to do the HO/HO tour. What they don't mention is that once you hop off, you are SOL. Waited an hour or so to get on the bus for Arlington that never stopped. Had to skip Arlington and go straight to American History. NMAH was terrific - very enjoyable. Especially enjoyed the newly re-opened Star Spangled Banner exhibit. Also, the "Sit-In" class. Had lunch in the cafe there and it was really tasty. Managed to catch the bus outside of American History and took it to Chinatown.
Met up with family at Austin Grill. The food was mostly pretty good. Nothing was bad, but nothing was outstanding. Just good, reasonably priced food.
Saturday, our last day to tour, we finished up at Air and Space, had lunch in Chinatown at Chop't, went back to Natural History to do the butterflies (we thought it was well worth the ticket price)
Had difficulty finding dinner that night in Chinatown. Every place was 1+ wait. Decided to do Potbelly Sandwich Works. Delish!
Took Amtrak back home - almost 10 hours door to door, but it was a lovely ride. Very comfortable and the conductors (do you call them that?) and the food-service man were all really nice.
Great trip - tons of lessons learned about what to do NEXT time!