Hello, I could use some feedback on our upcoming trip plan. Husband and I are bringing our three 9-year-olds for their first trip to DC. July 19-July 25. We are flying and will not be renting a vehicle. We are all active people with good tolerance for lots of walking (at DLR and WDW we do not take midday breaks and can last from 9 am - 10 pm normally, however, museum walking tends to wear me out more than Disney, which has rest breaks for shows, meals, rides, etc).
July 19: arrive at Nat'l and check-in to hotel near National Mall
Wednesday, July 20: Air & Space Museum: 10 am-2/3pmish? Lunch there or next door. Afternoon/early evening: Walk the monuments. Dinner at ______? (Can we realistically walk all the monuments and maybe to the Capitol in one afternoon? Would a bus tour be better?)
Thursday, July 21: Morning at the Spy Museum. Lunch at ___ (Union Station?). Afternoon/early evening at Arlington Cemetery? (Questions: Are these spots too far apart for one day? Can we "walk" Arlington Cemetery or should we take the bus? If we take their bus, can we get off to see the Tomb of Unknown Soldier?)
Friday, July 22: Morning at National Zoo. Lunch there. Afternoon at Smithsonian American History Museum (I have to choose this one 2nd because I'm an AP US History teacher, and I can't miss this one...) Evening Dinner with friends.
Saturday, July 23: Breakfast at _________? Late morning WH tour with friend who works in DC and has a few connections. Afternoon/early evening: ______________________ (Considering Potomac fun... mini golf? Any fun activities for the kids? Considering National Art Gallery...kids have never seen "great art"? Or Ford's Theater (or could that be squeezed into Spy Museum day?) Or Smithsonian's Natural History?)
Sunday, July 24: Planning to go to Mount Vernon for most of the day. (Take water transportation or take metro/bus combo?)
Monday: early flight back
Thoughts? Things you'd move around, add, or delete? Restaurants near our hotel or sightseeing spots that you'd recommend (9-yr-old friendly, but a place that has salads for me???)