I've been reading this forum and it has been so helpful. I'm in the middle of planning of our trip and was hoping to get some advice. We are a family of 4, two boys ages 13 and 8. My husband and I have been to DC many times but this is our first trip for the kids. We are arriving early Sunday, June 22 and leaving Thursday morning (June 26). We are staying at the JW Marriott and will not have a car. Here's what I'm thinking:
Sunday: (flight gets in at 7:45am) - leave bags at hotel, walk to Mall and go to one or more of Air and Space, American History and Natural History; go until we're tired, don't push. Dinner at Ebbitt Grill.
Monday: Spy Museum at 9AM when it opens, then lunch at Ellas, Hard Rock, or "Brunch" at Lincoln's Waffle House, Ford Theater (looking for suggestions on a good time to buy the timed entrance ticket!), then have timed entrance to Archives at 3:45. Dinner at Matchbox??
Tuesday: Waiting to hear if we get White House Tour for this day (this is the day my congresswoman's office requested), also waiting to hear if we get tour of Printing and Engraving - so this day is sort of on hold until I hear back. So, plan is: White House (outside if not inside), Holocaust Museum (perhaps just one parent and my 13 year old, my husband and I thought this museum is amazing and want my 13 year old to go, not sure about 8 year old) and Printing and Engraving. Hoping to do a night tour of the monuments this night and would love advice as to whether to use a taxi for this or a tour bus - leaning toward taxi?? No dinner plans, would welcome suggestions!!
Wednesday: Either finish the Mall museums (most likely will be necessary) or, if for some reason we are done with them, then go to the Zoo which I know my boys will love. Any dinner suggestions?
Thank you in advance for any help/advice you have!