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3 Days in Washington, DC for Families
Make the most out of your next family vacation in the nation's capital with this itinerary
Day 1: Explore the National Mall & the DC's Free Museums
The National Mall is America’s most visited national park, where the past, present and future come together.
Start your day at the Willard InterContinental for a historic breakfast in the same building where Abraham Lincoln used to stay and where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. completed his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Then visit any (or all) of DC's famous monuments and memorials – here are eight you must see.
With so many free Smithsonian Museums in DC, you could spend a week learning about everything from the origins of man and the future of flight to the history of art across multiple continents. At the National Museum of American History, see the same flag that inspired the national anthem, or visit the recently-opened National Museum of African American History and Culture for a powerful experience.
Day 2: Historic Georgetown
The perfect intersection of historic charm and upscale modernity happens in picturesque Georgetown.
Head to the famous Georgetown waterfront and try out Farmers Fishers Bakers' ultimate DC brunch, which offers golden French toast with a post-meal helping of sweeping views of the Potomac River.
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. Afterwards, venture to Pinstripes, a venue that’s equal parts bocce, bowling and bistro just south of M Street. Pinstripes is located right by the historic C&O Canal, which serves as a scenic backdrop for an afternoon of exploring.
There's no shortage of things to do at night in Georgetown. Indulge in stellar Neopolitan pies at Il Canale or Pizzeria Paradiso (and don't miss out on the latter's lengthy selection of microbrews) or experience French fare and a neighborhood-y vibe at Chez Billy Sud.
Day 3: Eastern Market & the Capitol Riverfront
The Capitol Riverfront is an emerging neighborhood on the Anacostia River. Here you can find Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals and their beautiful ballpark, watery diversions like kayaking and a booming restaurant scene.
First things first. Eat breakfast in Eastern Market and munch on locally sourced produce and meats, plus peruse the various vendor offerings. A local favorite is the blueberry buckwheat pancakes at Market Lunch. After lunch, head down to The Yards Park, a scenic outdoor space that encompasses a series of mod outdoor rooms plus a dramatic bridge.
If you're visiting in the spring or summer (or fall, if the season is going well!), then catching a Washington Nationals game is a must. As you exit the Navy Yard Metro Station (on the Green Line) you’ll join throngs of red-clad fans ready to play ball.
In recent years, the dining scene has blossomed along with the rest of the neighborhood, with hot spots ranging from Bluejacket for housemade beer and eclectic American fare to upmarket Osteria Morini with Northern Italian specialties in rustic-modern surrounds. After dinner treat yourself with something sweet from Ice Cream Jubilee.
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