Visit to Washington, D.C. with Kids

Visiting Washington D C with kids
Our latest family adventure was to our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. over the Thanksgiving holiday. We were there for 5 days, took hundreds of pictures, visited a multitude of places, and ate some terrific food.
 There is no way I could do a trip to Washington, D.C. justice in one blog post, so I will split it up by days. Follow along as I journal our trip. You may just decide to go there yourself someday if you haven't already!


This trip was one we've wanted to take the kids on for a long time, especially before the oldest flees the nest. But, it was planned a little suddenly when we discovered that airline tickets were fairly affordable the week of Thanksgiving.
My husband planned the how-to-get-there-where-to-stay part of this trip. He uses Google Flight to find the cheapest tickets. You can look at a calendar, different departure and arrival airports/airline, and various times of day to get the best deal.
He booked our hotel by searching on for the one that would best suit our needs. We need a room that sleeps 7, and we like to have a kitchenette to save a little money and time in the morning. He booked us at the River Inn, just a few blocks from a Metro station so we didn't have to rent a car. We were able to walk or take the subway everywhere we went. And we were close to a Whole Foods and Trader's Joe where we bought breakfast food and snacks.
Frommer's guide book to washington dc
I purchased Frommer's Easy Guide to Washington, D.C. 2016. It was a life saver! It has a specific section for ideas for families traveling with kids to D.C., places to eat and stay in each neighborhood, and all the main and not-so-well-known places to see in D.C. I love that it gives you the history in short version of each site/memorial. We took it with us everyday and referred to it often.

Day 1 

Then we hopped on the plane and went. Warning - the cheapest tickets are for the 6am flights, which means you have to get up at 3am to get everyone to the airport in time!

playarea in airport
And you don't get straight flights on cheap tickets. We flew from Nashville to Minneapolis, then to D.C. Luckily there was an awesome play area for the 2 year old at the Minneapolis airport.

book store in airport

I also saw this entrance to a bookstore we just had to visit while we were waiting for our flight.

reading and crocheting

With this being the busy time for my Little Monkey's Design Shop, I made use of my time on the airplane while little guy was entertained by Cars! (I'm reading Strong Mothers, Strong Sons by Dr. Meg Meeker.)

Once we arrived and checked into the hotel, we went sightseeing!

lincoln memorial in washington dclincoln memorial

  We walked down to the Lincoln Memorial. It is magnificent! It was built in 1912 and is the same place where Martin Luther King, Jr. later gave his famous speech.

WWII monument in washington dc

There is a walkway that connects the Lincoln Memorial with the Washington Monument and beyond. We took the southern walkway and stopped at the WWII Memorial. I think it is most beautiful at night with all the lights shining on the water fountains.

washington monument in washington dc
We continued on to the Washington Monument. It is TALL! Like over 555 feet tall, one of the world's tallest freestanding masonry works. This monument, which is a tribute to George Washington, was started in 1848 but wasn't finished until 1888 due to the Civil War and lack of funds.
We didn't go up in the monument, but you can. Tickets are free, but you must get them in advance from the National Park Reservation Service.
We circled the monument and started back towards the Lincoln Memorial on the northern walkway. Here we saw the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. This includes the famous Wall along with the Three Servicemen Statue and the Vietnam Women's Memorial. Did you know that the National Park Service is still adding names to the Vietnam Wall as Vietnam Veterans die of injuries they received in the war? (Unfortunately it was too dark by now to take pictures, plus little guy was really wanting to go to bed ...)

GCDC restuarant in washinton dc
By this time it was dark, late, and we were hungry! The hostess at the hotel had recommended several places we should eat at that were unique to Washington, D.C. We decided on GCDC - grilled cheese sandwiches of every kind imaginable and delicious tomato soup. (We went back by it on Day 2 to take a picture - it wasn't open yet.)

girls infront of lincoln memorial in washington dc

Follow me next week as I blog about Day 2 of our trip to Washington, D.C. with our kids. 

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