I saved up my photos and information about Washington, D.C.’s presidential sites for this week, right before Presidents’ Day, so I could honor our country’s presidents, past and present. As you would expect, there are lots of sites in and around Washington, D.C. that honor the chief executive of our country.
Monuments and Memorials
You don’t exactly need to put the Washington Monument on your itinerary. It’s impossible to miss this monument to our first president, George Washington. Here’s a view of it from Arlington National Cemetery.
Here’s how it looks when I zoomed in:
Inside the monument […]
With so many of Washington, D.C.’s attractions being free, most of the expense of a D.C. vacation ends up being lodging. That might give the average family more room in the budget for a nice hotel. With over a hundred hotels to choose from, I was ever so overwhelmed with all the options. I spent hours reading guidebooks, online reviews, and travel forums, trying to decide where to stay. I concluded that highly rated hotels that are perfect for business travelers might not be the best option for a family on vacation. Since this is a website devoted […]
As we were planning our DC vacation, I read descriptions of various attractions to my family and they rated each attraction on a scale of 1 to 10. My kids’ first impression when I mentioned the Bureau of Printing and Engraving was, “Boring!” Then, when I read the description and explained that this was the factory where they print money, they were suddenly a lot more interested.
First things first, let’s talk about getting tickets, which are free, by the way. If you want to visit during the non-peak season (September – February), no tickets are required. From March through […]
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the Library of Congress might be the most underrated attraction in Washington, D.C. I looked up several top ten must-see lists for D.C. and didn’t find it on any of them. And you can’t blame most visitors for not putting it on their itinerary. Its stated mission is “to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.” That doesn’t sound like a fascinating destination, and certainly not a place to take your kids, […]
In 2011, a memorial to honor one of the greatest orators and Civil Rights champions in American history, Martin Luther King, Jr., opened to the public in the National Mall area of Washington, D.C. The memorial is significant because it is only the fourth memorial in the National Mall area to honor a non-President, and the first to honor an African American.
What I love about the design of this memorial is that it is based on the very words of Dr. King. In the picture above, you can see the representation of a mountain to the left behind […]
Freedom is not free. This powerful reminder comes from the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Unless you are planning a 2-week trip to D.C., you will have to make some tough choices about which attractions to see and which to save for another trip. We included our children in our decision-making process. I have to admit I was a little surprised, but very pleased, that the memorials on the National Mall were a high priority for my kids. And it wasn’t just the easily recognized presidential memorials they wanted to see; all the war memorials were must-sees.
The Smithsonian National Zoological Park, more commonly known as just the National Zoo, in Washington, D.C. has been in the news recently with excitement of the birth of a panda cub, and subsequently the tragic news of the cub’s death. In fact, when I started writing this article, the cub was alive, so I’ve had to rewrite parts of it. My daughter and I were both very excited about the cub and were distraught to read of her death.
Nevertheless, despite the disappointment of not having a panda cub, the opportunity to view the adult pandas is still an excellent […]