What are your “must see” spots in D.C.?

Big Boss and I are going on a “real” trip!  We’re taking the two oldest grands to Washington D.C.!!

Have you been there?  What did you love?  What do you wish you had skipped? Top 5 places to visit? Or Top 50??!!

I have questions like: We’re hoping to get in to the Holocaust Museum…but…is it appropriate for nearly 13 year olds?

We’re ALL excited and with the help of a profession trip/tour guide friend of ours, I’m getting things pulled together.  I think.  I hope. I pray!!!!!

Sure, BB and I have been to D.C.  before.  We were there 3 days, more or less and saw:

The Capitol building tour, thanks to Sen. Pat Roberts…

Meemaw and Paw saying howdy to Sen. Pat Roberts.

Meemaw and Paw saying howdy to Sen. Pat Roberts.

The Museum of Natural History and American History at the Smithsonian…

Smithsonian Inaugural Dresses

Arlington Cemetery, Changing of the Guard and the Robert E. Lee home tour

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Monticello (not technically D.C.) but fabulous

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Oh the gardens at Monticello!!!

Mount Vernon, equally as fabulous as Monticello!

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Stained glass mural at Washington Museum

The museum at Mount Vernon is beyond excellent and this stained glass mural captured my attention. For a long time. I could still be there gazing…

The Cherry Tree Blossoms

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The above “sight/site” (me and the tree)  was the reason we saw nothing else.  Well, we saw the White House, Jefferson Memorial and Lincoln Memorial…from a distance.  The lines at all of those place were miles and miles long. Plus….there just wasn’t enough time to “do it all”!!  But…Do NOT go during the Cherry Blossom Festival people.

DON’T DO IT!!

Big mistake.  Actually, we had NO idea our trip was going to coincide with the Festival until about 3 days before we left.  I remember meeting BB at the door with the exciting news that we would “get to see” the blossoms.  He was thrilled. Neither of us knew what those blossoms would entail!

It was the weekend and every human being on the face of the planet was in D.C. to see the blossoms. Yay!  It was shoulder to shoulder on the Mall. Hopeless.  You couldn’t get to any of the memorials or the Holocaust Museum…there were lines to get into the lines, which translated into hours of line.  No thanks.

On the other hand, we did get to see:

Gettysburg, with Big Boss pointing to his Great-Great-Grandfather’s name (which is also his) on the Pennsylvania Memorial

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We also went to Jamestown…

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Williamsburg was one of Big Boss’s favorite places.  He would still be there…

I adore this windmill!!!  I really wanted to get close but it was under renovation.

I adore this windmill!!! I really wanted to get close but it was under renovation.

So…if you’ve been to D.C., tell me what your favorite places were and any sage advice that might happen to cross your mind!!!!??

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8 Responses to What are your “must see” spots in D.C.?

  1. Marie Ney says:

    Bascilica of the Immaculate Conception on Catholic University’s campus, Arlington Cemetery, National Cathedral, Holocaust Museum, Viet Nam Memorial Wall, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Bureau of Printing & Envgraving, beautiful fountains everywhere……these are some of my favorites. We also went to the FBI but I wasn’t all that impressed with that. We enjoyed the Postal Museum and the Old Post Office Building but I’m sure you understand why! Both times we were there the Washington Monument was closed but really wanted to see that also. Have fun!!

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    • The Queen says:

      Ooooo fountains! I love fountains!!! The Washington Monument opens this Mon. I fear the lines may be loooong since it’s been closed for so long! But we’re going to try to get in!

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  2. Melinda Strickland says:

    See email I just sent–I keep thinking of more things we haven’t talked about–

    Can’t wait to hear all about it as you travel!

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  3. Stephanie Carr says:

    I live here–just outside DC. Make sure you don’t miss The National Gallery of Art, the Holocaust Museum, The American Indian Museum, the Smithsonian, Old Town Alexandria, the Botanical Gardens, National Cathedral, Ford’s Theatre,–I could go on and on and ON–there are just so many places go and see. If you have time, Ellicott City, Maryland is also worth a trip (not far at all), The Baltimore Aquarium, and Occoquan, VA. Also Great Falls and Leesburg, VA.

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  4. One of the best things that you can do on a limited time is take a tour by Segway (cheesy but so much fun!) or by tour bus! It’s amazing how much of DC you will be able to see without tiring yourself out! While everyone else is exhausted from walking on end of the mall to the other you will have tons more energy to enjoy the rest of the day!

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  5. RAFrenzy says:

    Loving the pictures!

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