Hi All - taking the family to DC for a quick "before summer ends" trip - thanks in advance for any input/suggestions/constructive criticism :-)
Quick facts: Family of 5, 3 boys (17, 14, 11), all except 11 y.o. have been to DC before (mom went to AU, lived in Old Towne, worked in Arlington post-college)...
Fly in 8/26 (arrive 10:15 into DCA) - shuttle to Residence Inn - Pentagon City
Pentagon 9/11 Memorial (quick visit)
Air Force Memorial
WALK BACK TO HOTEL - Take METRO TO:
Arlington Cemetery- Tomb of Unknown/Changing of Guard (on the half hour; closes at 7pm)
WALK TO: Iwo Jima (Marine Corps) Memorial
TAKE CAB to FFB at Washington Harbor Waterfront- have Dinner (per arlingtonman13!!)
WALK to Rock Creek Park Trail - follow to Monuments
Evening walking trip through Monuments (follow google map link)
METRO to SMITHSONIAN - exit BEP/Ind. Ave
Bureau of Engraving - go to 15th St ticket booth by 8-8:30 for 9am tix - 40 min tour
Holocaust Museum - have 11am tix, plan on a couple hours
Air & Space Museum - EAT and then no schedule, plan on a few hours or more
--if time, walk past Supreme Court, then go up to Union Station, have dinner
METRO to Hotel
Ford's Theater - have 9am tickets for Museum and Ranger Talk (90 mins)
Old Post Office Pavilion - take elevators to top for 360 deg photo op!
National Archives - have 12:15pm tickets (60-90 mins)
Museum of Natural History - no schedule
National Gallery of Art - no schedule
Carmine's for Dinner? OR Georgetown (by Circulator) - shop, dinner
Day 4 (Flexible, can swap with other days - depends on visits with friends and weather)
Newseum - 3-4 hours
Museum of Crime & Punishment - 3-4 hours
Carmine's OR Georgetown, whichever not done already
Day 5 (Flexible - depends on visits with friends and weather)
Day Trip excursion ?
Bike & Boat to Mt. Vernon/return to Old Towne Alex for dinner?
National Harbor - water taxi from/to Alexandria? Dining/Shopping/Kayaking
Day 6 (partial day - need to be at DCA by 3:30)
Revisit Memorials OR Eastern Market OR National Harbor ??