Make the most out of your next family vacation in the nation's capital with this three-day trip itinerary.
Day 1: Explore the National Mall & the DC's Free Museums
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 on the National Mall – 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 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.
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.
Day 3: Eastern Market & the Capitol Riverfront
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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