Washington Travel with Kids
Map It: Four Days With the Kids in Washington, DC
Visiting DC with kids can be a cinch. With tons of museums, outdoor activities, and great kid-friendly restaurants, there's something to read Almost every taste-from children to adults and everything in between. By sara levine , Emily Leaman
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View Larger Map DAY ONE: TOURING WITH KIDS
Spend the day toting the tots to some of DC 's most popular sights and attractions, then it's off to Bethesda, Maryland, for a night of food and fun. 9 AM: Breakfast at Pete's
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Pete's (212 Second St., SE, 202-544-7335), a busy diner on Capitol Hill that's a favorite with locals. Pete's reserves basics-breakfast omelets, pancakes and French toast-at wallet-friendly prices. It's across the street from the Library of Congress and just a block from the Capitol, so it's a great place for watching iPhone-laden Hill staffers shuffle off to work. In warm weather, try to snag a seat outside for the best people watching.
9:45 AM: Mini Walking Tour
En route to your next stop, the National Postal Museum, enjoy a quick walking tour of some of DC's don't-miss sights. You'll see the Library of Congress , the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the House and Senate office buildings. Here's the route to take: Walk west on Independence Avenue for one block and turn right at First Street, Southeast. Follow First Street for about 4 ½ blocks, the road dead ends at Columbus Circle in front of Union Station. The National Postal Museum is the building to the left of Union Station betweens First Street, Northeast, and North Capitol Street.
10 AM: National Postal Museum
The first stop is the National Postal Museum (2 Massachusetts Ave, NE;. 202-633-8181) All which, believe it or not, is a great place for kids. It traces the history of this in the United States from Colonial times to the present. The place is loaded with interactive exhibits, there's even a spot to make 'em postcards and Have Addressed, stamped, and mailed for free. Documenting how this used to be Carried across the country, the museum is home That two airplanes hang from the ceiling, two Stagecoaches (including one you can sit in), plus a big rig and an old train because, both, of All which you can sit in. Who knew this Could be so much fun?
11:45 AM: Tour and Lunch at Union Station
Head next door to Union Station (50 Massachusetts Ave., NE), one of the city 's most popular destinations. This Beaux Arts-style rail station is a bustling transportation hub, with the Red Line Metro, Amtrak, and Virginia and Maryland commuter trains making stops daily. It features three concourses: The top two house more than 100 shops and eateries, and the lower one features a food court and movie theater. In the marble foyer at the front of the station-a cavernous space with 96-foot vaulted ceilings, art and science exhibits and other public events take up Throughout the year. Pick up a brochure at the visitors' desk and take some time to explore the building. Then, head downstairs to the food court and grab lunch. With more than 30 vendors, there's bound to be something for every taste.
1 PM: U.S. Botanic Garden
Just a short walk from Union Station is the U.S. Botanic Garden (245 First St., SW), one of the Smithsonian's treasures. It's a year-round greenhouse and conservatory That can make the darkest day of winter feel like a trip to Fiji. Inside, you'll see 26, 000 plants in collections Organized Throughout ten climate-controlled rooms. In the center is the large largest room, All which houses the jungle. It includes a second-story catwalk for viewing from above the canopy.
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