Updated: Jun 17, 2018
Ever been to D.C.? Planning a trip or want to plan a trip? There’s a lot going on in this metropolis and it’s not just for the kids. Take your pick from the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Flower Mart weekend, the National Tree Lighting ceremony, or the endless food, art, and music festivals. This place has it all. We’re going to dive into the shallow end of our Nation’s Capital’s pond and give you some insight into why we think Washington, D.C. is cool.
You can see where our elected officials get the job done. White House and Capitol tours are available through your local congressional official. White House staff and some secret service officers are available to answer any questions you may have. There are guided and self-guided tours available. Guided tours need to be scheduled in advance between 21 days and 3 months. Due to staff availability, it is always good to check beforehand if tours will be conducted the day of your planned visit. The Capitol recommends advanced reservations. Depending on the tour group size, reservations can be made between 3 and 4 months beforehand. Tours are available for free at both locations. Who would you be excited to see? Who is on your political bucket list?
Washington, D.C. and its neighboring towns are very family-friendly. There’s a lot to do and it’s all within walking distance. This can bring some peace of mind to parents when spending the day on foot with kids in tow. The DMV (what the locals name their area – D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) offers plenty of interactive museums, parks, splash pads, trails, playgrounds, and eateries that are kid-approved and easy on the wallet. Treat the family to one of D.C.’s famous cupcakes at the end of the day…ya know, only if they’re good. What is a must to see or do when you and yours travel?
Let’s talk food. This place knows what you like more than you. From takeout to fancy seafood dinners, the DMV packs their signature dishes with flavor. Need a push in the right direction? Check out the half smokes, crab cakes, and ramen for starters…and the cupcakes. Never deprive yourself of dessert. What is your favorite D.C. dish?
D.C. is very accessible. For a parent, that’s a must. Attraction locations are condensed and very stroller-friendly. Whether you choose to Fred Flintstone it all around town or hitch a ride, Washington offers an abundance of safe and family-friendly modes of transportation. The Metro is the most popular and efficient way to get around town. D.C. offers some ways to explore as well. You can rent a bike, grab an Uber Car Seat (these come with car seats!), or tour D.C. on a duck or paddle boat. What’s your most interesting means of transportation story?
We hope this quick introduction to Washington, D.C. gets you excited for your upcoming visit OR entices you to plan a trip. Soon we will have a full guide on D.C. available. Sign up to become a member to get it.
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