The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 5 children- Boy age 11, Girl age 11, Girl age 11, Girl age 7, & Boy age 4.
Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500
Hours: Start time of 7:30am Tuesday-Saturday, ending times vary depending on the day
Admission: Free but reservations and advance notice are required.
Description: A White House tour allows visitors to tour public areas of the iconic White House, seeing historic rooms and presidential portraits and items that may date back to the very beginning of this residence. Tours are only offered Tuesday through Saturday, and they are subject to be canceled without any advance notice at all. Visitors must request a tour at least 30 days in advance, through their elected representative in Washington DC, to allow time for Secret Service background checks and security clearance. No tours are scheduled on federal holidays, or on Sunday or Monday.
Our Experiences: We reserved our White House tour in advance, and we were excited to be able to see the inside of the residence for the First Family. It was a very interesting and engaging trip, and the kids enjoyed this tour. Everyone in our family recommends this stop if you will be in the Washington DC area.
Address: United States Capitol, Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC 20510
Hours: Monday through Saturday 8:50am to 3:20pm
Admission: Free, but tour passes are needed and a tour must be reserved far in advance
Description: The guided tour of the US Capitol starts with a short film to introduce visitors to this very important building where our nation’s elected leaders run the country. Stops along the tour include the National Statutory Hall and the Rotunda. Reservations are required and visitors will not be allowed to enter without a tour pass.
Our Experiences: We enjoyed the tour of the US Capitol. It was highly educational and everyone learned something from this experience. The tour started at the Capitol Visitor Center, and the guide was very professional and knowledgeable. The kids enjoyed this tour although it may not be recommended for very small children who are easily bored and not impressed with history. The tour was very interesting and informative, and this is a stop that we highly recommend.
Address: 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20037
Phone: (202) 426-6841
Hours: Open 24 hours a day every day of the year except for Christmas Day
Admission: Free to the public, no reservations or passes are required
Description: The Lincoln Memorial was built to honor Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States of America. The enormous structure of the president was created from marble, and he is sitting on a chair underneath a roof held up with pillars. Above the presidential statue is a quote in honor of Abraham Lincoln, and he was a great man and a brave leader for our nation. Millions visit the Lincoln Memorial every year and it is lit up at night, allowing visitors access 24 hours a day.
Our Experiences: The Lincoln Memorial is worth seeing for almost any family. It is not that exciting, but well worth the time spent to take the kids so that they understand history better and gain curiosity and first hand knowledge about Abraham Lincoln. We had our children research our stops before leaving on the trip so even the younger children knew who Abraham Lincoln was and how he contributed to our country as the president.
Address: 2 15th St NW Washington, D.C., DC 20007
Phone: (202) 426-6841
Hours: Summer: 9am-10pm, winter 9am-5pm. Closed only July 4th and Christmas
Admission: Free, but a ticket is required to gain entrance
Description: The Washington Monument is a structure located in the National Mall, and it was designed and built in honor of George Washington, one of the founding fathers of America and the 1st president of the United States. This monument is extremely prominent and is the most visible structure in the city. It is a marble obelisk that is 555 foot tall, and very difficult to miss.
Our Experiences: As a memorial to the very first president, it is definitely worth a visit. Our kids enjoyed seeing the obelisk from the outside, although it is not an incredibly exciting destination for kids. We had our children research our stops before leaving on the trip so even the younger children knew who George Washington was and how he contributed to our country as the president.
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips