My husband and I, our 2 kids, ages 14 and 10,and my 69yr old(young) mom will be visiting DC August 6-10. We definitely want to see the monuments in the National Mall, Smithsonian Air and Space, Arlington Cemetery, White House, Capitol and the Newseum. We all enjoy walking and don't mind the heat. This will be our first trip to DC and we're looking to maximize our time since we really only have 3 full days.
8/6 We arrive in DC around 6pm (driving in from Chicago)staying in Dupont Circle area, dinner then monuments at night on our own.
8/7 metro from Dupont to National Mall
National Gallery of Art
National Museum of American History
White House (no tour)
Cross the bridge to Arlington and take a tram tour
Sunset Parade at Iwo Jima at 6:30
Dinner at Ray's Hell Burger
back to Dupont Circle
Any suggestions for lunch around the mall area?
8/8 Air and Space Museum
Capitol tour at 3pm
Library of Congress
Old Town Alexandria in the evening
dinner at Union Street Public House?