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Family of 4 touring D.C.

My 2 kids 8yr boy 10yr girl are really into history and seeing all the things around DC. W.H., monuments, Arlington. But what else would be cool & surprising to show my kids? We live in utah and we're thinking of road tripping to DC. We're not so much on a time schedule but not looking to spend day after day... Can u tour the white house? Is that a thing? We're a fun family that likes to see cool things & interesting places off the beaten tourist path. So to sum it up, we want to see all the main amazing go to things first (which order? ) then we're up for an adventure. Are there any LDS (mormon) historic church sites around there? We're just hoping to take it aaall in haha if possible! 

What about cool places to eat? Something like, if you eat at this place you might see so & so. We're a somewhat picky eater fam. Just no seafood and nothing fancy. 

Sorry if i sound picky. My kids would be super excited if we took them to a place to eat that was like any of the president's favorites places or anything like that. We're a fun family that enjoys the history side and then celebrity stuff. I'm probably in way over my head here. Lol but any suggestions or info helps!!  Thanks in advance!  Jill😥

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answered by
Zoe from Chicago

Lots of good recommendations here. I might add the National Portrait Gallery - has all the presidential portraits including the newest ones of the Obamas which have gotten a lot of commentary lately. There's also wonderful art - not president related as well and a nice cafe located inside. Smithsonian castle is an interesting stop with a model of the map of D.C. Of course there are several museums associated with the Smithsonian so you can pick which ones might be of interest. Additionally my 5 year old son loved Madame Tussaud's Washington DC - it's definitely weird and wonderful and you can go right up to and pose with all the presidents, famous athletes and celebrities. My favorite building was the Library of Congress - the architecture is absolutely gorgeous inside. It might be fun to watch National Treasure Book of Secrets with the kids before going since the famous scene with the "Book" takes place there. Also there's a scene in the movie at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Enjoy!

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  1. National Portrait Gallery (attraction)
  2. Smithsonian (attraction)
  3. Madame Tussaud's Washington DC (attraction)
  4. Library of Congress (attraction)
  5. George Washington's Mount Vernon (attraction)
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answered by
Maurice from New York City

DO NOT miss the Air & Space Museum. Just, don't miss it :-)

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answered by
Hazel from Port St. Lucie

First contact your Senator and Congressman. Go to the local offices and plan a meet and greet. Just getting to each of their offices is an all day thing. Arrange for gallery seating when in session and passes to the White House. Go based on when you can be scheduled with the scheduler to see each one in 2 days. Eat in their respective cafeterias. Go to the Senate Gift Store. Ask if there are any events you can attend that time period. Then plan The White House Tour. Contact them directly and sign up for tours, get the times. Go to that gift store. Print out the Metro Schedule, the Amtrak from the airport. I urge you to go to Vietnam War Veteran's Memorial, at night. As far as eating, do it before you drop dead from walking all over. Comfy walking shoes are a must. The International Spy Museum is a great place. If you belong to any groups, make plans with them. I take the train from Chicago to Washington, DC all the time. You may enjoy that aspect.

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  1. The White House (attraction)
  2. Vietnam War Veteran's Memorial (attraction)
  3. International Spy Museum (attraction)
  4. Chicago (city)
  5. Washington, DC (city)
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There is  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which is a landmark as you drive around the Beltway, but it is closing in March to be renovated and scheduled to re-open in 2020.  I think the visitor's center may still be open

In addition to Ford's Theatre, there is also The President Woodrow Wilson House President Lincoln Cottage and of course Mt Vernon  I also recommend the National Museum of American History  You can also visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing  For the latter, you have to make an appointment to take a tour and see money printed.

Also you may want to visit the National Archives Museum where they have the original Consitutution etc.

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answered first by
John from Chicago

I'll try to answer a few things. We took our 6-year-old to D.C. because he loves Presidents. The White House tour is really, really hard to get into, usually you have to try to get a ticket something like six months in advance. It's probably easier to just view it from the outside and take pictures.

A key thing is that you should definitely talk to your local Senator and Representative's office. They can usually hook you up with some free tours of things like the United States Capitol. An intern from their office will actually meet you and take you around.

Some of the buildings require you to go in the morning and wait in a long line to try to get a ticket. We did a paid tour which is really convenient if you have kids with a lot of questions because the tour guide often knows lots of little trivia like hidden things in the back of Lincoln's head, etc.

Be aware that the National Mall is much longer to walk than it seems, especially with younger kids. There are plenty of museums along there, but it's useful to have your car and be able to check out different areas, especially if it's really hot like it was when we were there. You might also want to see some of the sights at night when they are lit up.

Lincoln's Waffle Shop is a fun breakfast place right across the street from Ford's Theatre.

Since you're driving and it sounds like you'll explore the area, you might as well head to Mt Vernon if you have time.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The White House (attraction)
  2. United States Capitol (attraction)
  3. National Mall (attraction)
  4. Lincoln's Waffle Shop (restaurant)
  5. Ford's Theatre (attraction)
  6. Mt Vernon (attraction)
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