Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Trip Planning

Next week we're headed to Washington D.C. for a week-long field trip!

I thought I'd list the things we want to see and find out if any of you have any
suggestions of places that we should try to add to our itinerary.

I also welcome any tips that you have for traveling in D.C. (getting around the city, good restaurants, etc.) Think young children - 7, 5, and 3 years!

Here's what we're thinking so far...

•White House
•Supreme Court
•Bureau of Engraving and Printing
•Mall/Reflecting Pool (Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, etc.)
(trying to decide whether to take time to go up into the Washington Monument)
•all of the War Memorials
•Smithsonian: Air and Space Museum
•National Zoo
•Arlington National Cemetery
•Mount Vernon

Hmm...looks like a lot. I wonder if we'll get to all of it in five days. :)

Thanks for your tips and recommendations!


  1. Any Smithsonian museum is great, besides being free. Air and Space is my favorite. Museum of American History is good - all about inventions and technology.

    Also, not free but one of the coolest museums for kids is the International Spy Museum.

  2. if i remember correctly, the smithsonian and the air & space museum are also on the mall - you could easily spend a few days just exploring things on the mall!

    have a great trip :^)

  3. p.s. air & space was also our favorite!

  4. I lived in DC for 9 years as a nanny and took children all over the city.
    Looking at your list of places to visit, you should decide right off the bat which ones you want to see the most, and which ones you won't feel so bad if you don't get to see. That's a huge list, and there will be a lot of walking involved. Where will you be staying? How will you get around? When you go downtown to the mall area, if you are coming from outside of D.C., take the Metro train. It is clean, very safe, and just as fun as seeing the monuments and museums themselves. Parking down there is a nightmare, although I've done it before. It's just much easier to take the Metro.
    Make sure you take a lot of money for food, or bring some of your own. Each museum has a cafeteria or smaller food place, but it's really, really expensive, and the food lines are long. Take snacks and drinks along anyway. You can sit outdoors on the mall and do some people watching, or snack and drink as you go to your next mall destination. You do get very thirsty with all that walking, and there aren't that many places to get a drink.
    Did you know that most of the things on your list are withing walking distances of each other?
    As far as the White House goes, I don't remember for sure, but I remember speaking to a senator to get our tickets. Maybe while you're at the capitol building, you could go visit your state senator and introduce yourselves, and say that you're there touring the area. They love to see their constituents, and are usually very polite and accommodating. Ask how if/how to get White House tickets.
    The National Zoo is NOT to be missed! Again, lots of walking, but well worth it, and again, bring drinks!! It is cheaper to stop at a store like Walmart or Giant and bring your own.
    Make sure to bring at least a couple of memory cards for your digital camera. You'll be taking lots and lots of pictures! More than you probably would expect you will. It's a really nice vacation area, and I can't wait to take our children there again some day.
    If I can think of anything else, I'll let you know. Have a great time!!

  5. Thanks so much for all the great travel tips!
    It looks like we should definitely go the Air and Space Museum. :)

  6. Oh, I so envy you the trip to D.C. It was on my Thursday Thirteen a week or so ago -- on a list of places I'd love to take my kids on extended homeschool field trips. I hope you'll post lots of pictures.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. If you decide to make some mini-offices, I hope you'll post pictures and let me know. I'd love to see them.

  7. Oh Wow Shannon! How cool is that. I hope you guys have a great week in DC! I can't wait to see your pics.


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