We will be in D.C. for a few days during Thanksgiving. We arrive on Tuesday night the 26th and leave on Saturday the 30th. We will have 3 full days to explore with 1 of the days being Thanksgiving day. We are a family of 4 (kids 11 and 13), and we are staying at the Palomar in Dupont.
I am trying to figure out the best plan for a loose itinerary. I have read that not everything will be open on the Thursday of Thanksgiving, and have read that the Friday after could be very crowded. So what would be the best plan for us day by day? I am thinking we should do the top Smithsonian museums on that Thursday. Those are open on Thanksgiving, right? Below is our list of must see and maybe see attractions.
Also, any recs for a Thanksgiving dinner or lunch... nothing fancy? I was reading about Clyde's, Ebbits and Founding Farmers.
Lastly, anything special going on during these days we should see or do? Will the outdoor ice skating rink be open yet? Where is that located and is it neat, or just a typical rink?
These are our must sees:
Air & Space Museum
Natural History Museum
American History Museum
National Archives (short stop)
Monuments & Memorials (prefer nighttime)
The Capitol (waiting to hear from Congressman's office if they can schedule us a tour)
DC Cupcakes in Georgetown (13 year old's request :-)
These are might like to see (We could add any of these if we have time):
Bureau of Engraving & Printing
Crime & Punishment Museum
Thanks so much!