Trip to Washington D.C. with kids

Washington Monument

Washington D.C. was an incredible experience. After spending a sleepless night on Amtrak, (more on that later), we arrived at the Omni Shoreham. We had an enormous suite, with two queen beds, great linens, a separate area for lounging, two flat screen t.v.s, another more remote area with a marble bath. It was really great. They even had the keys ready for check-in, without going through the front desk. And, of course, my husband was ready to go as soon as we got there. So, napless, we showered, changed and were off to the Smithsonian, the National Mall, etc. Only after 4 hours of walking around Washington did I get back to the hotel for a nap. Twenty minutes after we arrived, a knock at our door and a tray of ice cold milk and chocolate chip cookies, compliments of the Shoreham! That happened every day for the kids. Nice touch and they looked forward to it too. And I had a great nap!
Washington has so many great places. We ate across from the Shoreham every night. One night, Italian, next night Lebanese, then Greek. Then we went across to Baskin Robins. It was totally a multicultural experience, including the caramel sundae.
We saw everything from the National Mall, Lincoln Monument, every museum in Washington, the National Portrait Gallery, where I decided Reagan’s pencil portarit in his jeans was one of my favorite’s, followed by Clinton and Roosevelt. Of coures, by this time, (around 5 p.m.), my youngest was rolling around on the floor, nomatter who I pointed out to him and even though they had a presidential video playing, he wanted to go swimming. We even saw the Spy Museum, it was very cool. You name it, we walked to it and saw it. I think Washington was the kids’ favorite stop. I highly recommend the Shoreham. But wherever you stay, make sure you are near their metro. It’s so easy to hop on and off, even if you aren’t used to it. It’s cheap too.
One more thing, if you are shopping for a hotel, try to book early. Some hotels were 150.00 more per night, than they were a month earlier. And try more than one web site; Expedia, Hotels.com and the hotel’s own website. Many times, when I called the hotel directly, I got the best rate, (the “best available rate” is usually cheaper than the AAA rate, who kew?).

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