Planning a 3-day tour of Washington DC is never easy when you’re a first-timer, or if you’re planning to visit with kids or your family. There are a million things to see and do, and all kinds of decisions to make. Here are a few ideas and suggestions on how to narrow down your options and make your trip memorable.
Start With History
Tours of Washington DC with kids or families should always start with the Mall and White House because these are highlights for any first-time visitor. The House and Senate galleries are open to visitors, but you will need separate passes ahead of time through your senator or representative. Another good stop on your first day is the National Air and Space Museum, which holds the world’s largest collection of air and spacecraft. If you have the time, ride the Smithsonian’s Carousel on the Mall, which is open from 10 am to 5:30 pm daily. End your day with a walk past the White House, so your kids can click a photograph in front of the famous home in the country.
Make Time For The Monuments
What’s a tour of Washington DC without a stop at some of the most famous monuments in America? If you take a 1.5-mile stroll from the paddle boat dock around the west side of the Tidal Basin, you and your family will be able to walk past the Jefferson, FDR, and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials. Kids and first-timers will also love the idea of visiting other historical buildings such as the DC War Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial and Washington Monument. Finally, check out the Museum of American History for the original Star-Spangled Banner and Thomas Edison’s 1879 lightbulb.
End With Nature
Finish your trip with a visit to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. The most popular attractions here are the two giant pandas, along with the Great Cats exhibit and a 15,000-square-foot rainforest exhibit called Amazonia.
Tours of Washington DC With DC Trails
First-timers, families, and visitors with kids prefer tours of Washington DC with tour experts like DCTrails because of the wealth of experience and expertise we offer. For more information on how we can make sure you have a perfect holiday, get in touch with our team today!