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May 13, 2010 Washington DC

Posted by on May 13, 2010

I let our eight year old son choose our family vacation this year. Since our trip last year included the Disney Cruise and Univeral Studios Orlando, I figured he’d choose another cruise or theme park. However, I wasn’t really surprised when he said he wanted to go to Washington DC. He loves the Civil War, taking pictures, and weapons of World War II, so I designed a trip based on his interests as well as things my husband and I would like, too.

We started our trip today with a bicycle tour of the major monuments. I considered walking the monuments, but decided against it since the distance from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial is 2 miles. I knew my little boy would want to take lots of pictures, so I also decided against taking an organized bus tour with timed stops. We finally decided to rent bicycles and were able to cover a lot of ground in 4 hours. It was a great day – overcast with highs in the 70s. There were lots of vendors on the mall selling drinks, hot dogs, and ice cream. Our stops included:

  • Washington Monument
  • World War II Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Korean War Memorial
  • FDR Memorial
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Tidal Basin

There are kids EVERYWHERE. They are obnoxious, loud, and travel in packs. I remember visiting DC twice in high school with large groups of kids. Please tell me I wasn’t like that?!

Honest Abe

Honest Abe


Korean War Veterans Memorial

Washington Monument from the Tidal Basin

FDR Memorial on Tidal Basin


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