Don’t get overwhelmed with the number of infant care books out there. There are so many different books, because there are so many different ways to parent your newborn. The right one is the one you choose.
This one is located on the National Mall. We did not visit this one because we heard the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (still a Smithsonian, further away) was bigger. Both are free admission, so it depends on your ability to travel farther and how much time you have.
Independence Ave at 6th St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20560
So worth riding to the end of the Metro line and taking an Uber the rest of the way to Chantilly. It was AMAZING! We saw the space shuttle Discovery, the Concord and the Enola Gay. If you are an audio tour nerd like me, you will LOVE this one.
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Must sees here are the Star Spangled Banner (it is absolutely amazing), Lincolns hat (I kid you not! His actual famous hat!), a display of the Inaugural gowns of the First Ladies (breathtakingly beautiful), Julia Childs kitchen, George Washingtons uniform, and Edisons lightbulb. So much history in this museum.
Rent a Bike and tour the Monuments and Memorials. Bike and Roll can set you and your kids up with bikes and helmets and get you on your way. They rent by the hour and it took us, on a busy Friday, four hours at a leisurely pace. Hands down, my favorite part of the trip. Here’s a map to guide you to all the memorials and monuments.
This was the longest line we waited in, and the grumpiest guards, but you have to go. Highlights are definitely, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, The Declaration of Independence, and the Magna Carta.
My book-loving kids and I could have stayed here all day, and would still want to come back. First of all, it’s my favorite building in Washington D.C. It is so beautiful. Second, books! Need I say more? But, I will anyway. On the ground floor, tucked in the back is the Young Readers Center, they have braille copies of Harry Potter. On the first floor you’ll find the Gutenberg Bible, and on the second floor, Jeffersons library.
Thomas Jefferson Building 10 First St. SE, Washington, D.C. 20540
The changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, is something that every American should experience. Words cannot describe this ceremony. If it’s not on your bucket list, go put it on now.
I felt like angels were singing down on us the whole time we were there. Well, except for when my daughter tripped and almost wiped out a Calder display. We spent most of our time in the East building and in the Sculpture Garden. There is an underground walkway from the east to the west building that is super cool. Don’t miss the blue rooster on the roof!
I’m a huge fan of double decker bus tours and Big Bus Tours is my favorite one. I like to spend the first day in a new city on a bus tour and then add to my list of places to go. Make sure to bundle up. It gets chilly up top, but it’s got the best view.
Another building of magnificent art. The portraits of the Presidents was a stroll through art history. I loved seeing the relaxed, humanistic traits appearing as time has evolved. Michelle Obamas portrait was inspiring as well as many others.