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3 Days in DC for Families

Cherry Blossoms at Monument

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Check out the American Cool exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery
  • Play bocce, go bowling and eat bistro-style at Pinstripes in Georgetown
  • Channel your inner excavator with the “Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed” exhibition  

Day 1

Morning

Get up early for a ticket to access the top of the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument, the tallest point in DC.
Eat breakfast at the Willard InterContinental, where Abraham Lincoln used to stay and where Martin Luther King, Jr. completed his
famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Afternoon

Enjoy the fine arts at the National Portrait Gallery, home of a full collection of presidential portraits and the “American Cool” exhibition.
From French cafes and sandwich shops to celebrity chef-run restaurants, the Downtown/Chinatown/Penn Quarter area is brimming with tasty lunch options. For more ideas on where to dine in DC with little ones, check out our DC Dining for Families guide.

Evening

At the National Museum of American History, see the same flag that inspired the national anthem. The Star-Spangled Banner celebrates its bi-centennial this summer.
Get a different view of the National Mall at night with a Bike and Roll tour.

Day 2

Morning

Eat breakfast in Eastern Market and munch on locally sourced produce and meats, plus peruse the various vendor offerings.

Afternoon

Hop to it and take a DC by Foot tour through Georgetown and explore everything from the Kennedy homes to the Tudor Place Historic House & Garden and more.
Venture to Pinstripes, a venue that’s equal parts bocce, bowling and bistro along M Street in Georgetown.

Evening

Get in on DC’s bourgeoning dining scene with a dinner along the ultra-hot 14th Street strip.
Soak up the sounds of live jazz across dozens of venues during DC Jazz Festival.

Day 3

Morning

Head to Farmers Fishers Bakers for the ultimate DC brunch, which offers golden French toast with a post-meal helping of sweeping views of the Potomac River.

Afternoon

Take Metro to the Farragut North stop and head to the National Geographic Museum and appease your inner excavator with the “Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed” exhibition. Dig it?

Evening

Eat like royalty in the Golden Triangle District at Smith & Wollensky, a fine dining restaurant with tender steaks and robust wines.