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D.C. – Presidential Monuments, Memorials, and More

Washington Monument

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 […]

3 Tips for picking a hotel for your Washington, D.C. family vacation

3 Tips for Choosing a Hotel for your Washington, D.C. Vacation


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 […]

DC – Money Factory (a.k.a. Bureau of Engraving and Printing)

Courtesy of Bureau of Printing and Engraving

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 […]