Blog Post Type: Expert Opinion Piece
Summer vacation is in full swing, and families all over the country have traveled and are enjoying summer vacation since their children are on break from school. Summer is the peak travel season for families as well as solo travelers. Some of the top destinations include Orlando, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Families traveling to the nation’s capital have a variety of options as far as attractions and things to do in the area. Travel plans usually begin with finding a hotel. Travelers can find a variety of hotels in Washington, D.C. to match their travel needs.
Free Attractions for Families
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Travel expenses can add up quickly, especially when you travel as a family. A great way to save while traveling to Washington, D.C, is to visit the free attractions in the area. Make the museums of the Smithsonian Institution one of your first stops. Most of the 19 museums are admission free, including the National Zoo. Consider taking a walking tour of the area. Learn about Congress by getting a tour of the Capitol Building — you will need a ticket. Go hiking or walk the trails at Rock Creek Park. Those are just a few of the free or low-cost things you could do while visiting.
Famous Landmarks You Can’t Miss
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Washington, D.C. has a very rich history and as the nation’s capital, it is home to some of our most important historic monuments. Any trip to the area should include a visit to at least the National Mall. For families visiting the monuments is a great way to talk to your children about the history of our nation. Excursiopedia offers tours of popular attractions in the area starting at $59. Guided tours are perfect for visitors because you get a local’s perspective.
All-Inclusive National Harbor
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The National Harbor is on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. Although it’s technically Maryland, the area is close to everything and is a one-stop shop destination. You could start at one of the hotels like the Gaylord National, dine at the family friendly restaurants like Johnny Rockets, shops at popular shops and outlets including the Peeps store, and take a ride on the Capital Wheel.
Fuel Up While Getting a Taste of Washington, D.C.
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Travel isn’t complete until you try the local cuisine. Just like any other place you travel Washington, D.C. offers a variety of dining options for any budget. Ben’s Chili Bowl is an iconic spot in the area that’s popular for its chili, burgers, hot dogs. and shakes. Tabard Inn Restaurant is affordable and boasts a 4-star rating for their breakfast and brunch options from past dinners. When traveling, research family friendly restaurants before you leave, so you can plan out your vacation better.
Travel to Washington, D.C. for families could be both fun and educational. With Maryland and Virginia nearby, Washington is the perfect center point for an unforgettable vacation.