May 17, 2012

Relax and Take In a History Lesson This Summer: Plan your Washington, D.C. trip now!

Enjoy a family trip to Washington, D.C.

An excellent way to keep your children learning during the summer break is to take a trip to our Nation’s capital.  Washington, D.C. is the perfect family-friendly and inexpensive vacation trip.  With its historical and cultural exhibits and accommodating nearby lodging and accessible transportation, D.C. is hard to beat for a great vacation trip.

The Smithsonian Experience

Museum

The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum complex and research organization. It includes 19 museums and galleries, nine research centers, and the National Zoo. One of the best things about the Smithsonian is that most Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are free and open every day of the year, except December 25.

Each family member, no matter what age, is sure to find a museum or gallery that appeals to their interest from African Art to American History.  For pilot and astronaut-wannabes, the Air and Space Museum should not be missed!  And, avid stamp collectors are bound to lick their lips at the sights in the Postal Museum. Making the trip into an emotional experience for every member of the family.  Visit the Smithsonian Museum website for a complete listing.

Lodging Options For Washington, D.C.

RV Parks, Rent RV There are many camping and RV sites in the Washington, D.C. area.  The closest RV and camping park to Washington, D.C. is at Cherry Hill Park, in Maryland where the city bus will pick you up and take you to the Metro –The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — one of the best rail and bus transportation systems in the United States.  You will arrive to your designated tour site in no time!

If you prefer the comforts of home, think about renting a vacation home for your trip.  Vacation rentals are an inexpensive option to city hotel rates and can be easier on the budget if you cook some meals at your rental home.

And, for those who prefer to have a housekeeping service, room service and easy access to dining on their trip, there are plenty of hotel options in the D.C. area.

 The National Mall

The National MallAccording to the National Park Services, the National Mall in the District of Columbia is a premier park that provides visitors  “with ample opportunities to commemorate presidential legacies; honor the courage and sacrifice of war veterans; and celebrate the United States commitment to freedom and equality.”

Children will be wide-eyed as they are greeted by the larger than life Honest Abe at the Lincoln Memorial, and visitors will learn all about one of the most endeared founding father and author of the United States Declaration of Independence at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

Emotions will run high as you honor the Nations’ soldiers and visit memorials at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, D.C. War Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  And, to make planning easy, the National Mall App is a resource you will want to have on your trip.

 

The White House

The White HouseAnd, don’t forget to reserve your tickets at least 21 days in advance of your trip for a tour of Washington DC’s main attraction — The White House.

Can’t Plan a summer D.C. Trip?  Plan a motorcyle trip during the famous Cherry Blossom Festival from mid-March to the end of April each year.  Or, travel to D.C. by rail for a unique experience any time of year!

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