Monuments and More, Washington DC with the Fam

My sister and her family were on Spring Break last week and traveled to Washington, DC to see all the monuments and museums my nephew had learned about in school.


I spent 2 days walking around in DC with them and let me tell you, we got our steps in both days! The Smithsonian Museums open at 10am and we were some of the first people in both days.

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I came to Washington, DC a day earlier to hit up the DC Travel and Adventure Show. There were some fun speakers (Samantha Brown, the woman who wrote 1000 Places to See Before you Die), a lot of destinations to chat with and pick up brochures (Indonesia’s booth along with their dragon),

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and a few travel products like Stuffa. This jacket is genius! You stuff all your clothes and gear in the pockets to help avoid those pesky airline baggage fees. And the jackets and vests were stylish too.


On our epic DC adventures, my nieces, nephew and I posed for a lot of photos.


A lot of them were pretty goofy but we had fun with it.


And certain individuals loved stealing my sunglasses.


b DC Penn Quarter was our much needed lunch spot on Day 1 of wandering around DC. I had a delicious burger with mushrooms and cheese and a side of sriracha curly fries (very spicy!).

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My nephew won lunch though with the best mac and cheese ever (and I’m not really big into mac and cheese) and some crispy tater tots. He was very happy with his kids menu choices.

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After lunch, our group continued visiting all the memorials while the adults attempted to teach the kids a little bit about the significance of each. The Washington Monument is still closed and the Air and Space Museum was undergoing major renovations with most of the exhibits being closed. Both were high up on the list of things to see so that was the only disappointing part.

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I guess they will just have to come back and visit me in a few years! After so much walking (and carrying small children), Aunt Andrea was beat! I found at chair at the hotel free wine hour and sat in silence Smile

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It was an exciting day in Washington, DC with my family and the kids really enjoyed it. While the little ones may not remember this trip for long, every new experience prepares them for the future and learning a little bit about history is never a bad thing.

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Reader Question: Do you have a favorite Smithsonian Museum? I’m torn: the Air and Space is awesome (and will be even better with the update!), Portrait, American Indian, and Natural Science are right up my alley.

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1 Response

  1. Chaitali says:

    Sounds like a fun time! Spending the day touring around is definitely exhausting. I hadn’t heard of those stuffa jackets before, what a great idea.

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