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Req: things not to miss and tips for D.C. early sept.

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Taking the wife and kids (oldest is 7) to D.C. (because it was the cheapest flight destination I could find @ $49rt/pp).

For those who've been, what are some tips and some "must see" or "definitely avoid" things there?

I already applied for a white house tour - which you apparently have to so thru your state house rep - and was told that all spots were already full.

Thanks in advance! Smilie

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https://washington.org/100-free-a...ings-do-dc should help with ideas. Your Kids will enjoy the national zoo and some of the museums.

We traveled by metro the whole time we were there but there is some metro construction going on so you may want to look into how that will affect you. Also ask on the trip advisor forums and destination experts can be helpful.
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Taking the wife and kids (oldest is 7) to D.C. (because it was the cheapest flight destination I could find @ $49rt/pp).

For those who've been, what are some tips and some "must see" or "definitely avoid" things there?

I already applied for a white house tour - which you apparently have to so thru your state house rep - and was told that all spots were already full.

Thanks in advance! Smilie

I was just there in April. I would recommend getting the Capitol tour through your state rep also. It will be for a specific date/time, but you won't have to wait in line. American History museum is great, and tons of stuff for the kids. Air and Space is another great one, so is Natural History. I would avoid going to the top of the Washington Monument, you have to get there very early and wait a long time for tickets. A must do is the Air and Space museum in Chantilly, right near Dulles. It's better than the one in DC and way less crowded.
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Use the DC circulator bus to get around to all the monuments or take a "circle tour" and then get off at the ones you want to see. Very inexpensive and cuts down on all the walking with small kids or inclement weather. Also the Holocaust museum was worth seeing. Check Groupon for other tourist things..

http://www.dccirculator.com/
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The International Spy Museum is pretty cool.
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I liked the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (where they print dollar bills).
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The International Spy Museum is pretty cool.
We liked this, too. Found a Groupon for it and also for a kayak trip on the Potomac in the evening when you can see the monuments all lit up.
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great recommendations. I will add these....

Air and Space Museum in DC is great but they have a second location in Dulles Virginia where they have a ton of planes and one of the space shuttles. about a 30-45 minutes ride outside of the city proper. like all Smithsonian museums, it is free although there is a small fee to park.

https://airandspace.si.edu/udvar-hazy-center

Something the kids may like is the Georgetown Pirate Ship tour of the Potomac River. September can be hot and humid but the breeze on the river may make this fun. They often have deals on tickets on Groupon.

https://fareharbor.com/ridetheboomerang/
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Might be cheaper to Uber rather than metro. The DC metro can be expensive and has 1000+ different fairs with rush hour during the week being the peak. Tons of museums and a free zoo. What isn't there to do in DC?
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