My husband and I are taking the kids (daughter age 12 and son age 10) to Washington, DC for their first visit. We arrive on Thursday, Oct 12 and leave Sunday, Oct 15. We are using points to stay at a Holiday Inn. It seems that convenience to the Metro should be our top priority... If that is the case then we should stay at Holiday Inn Capitol at 550 C St, SW. I know it's a block from Metro and from Air and Space Museum. But... I keep thinking of the lack of personality of staying in an area surrounded by govt buildings. There is another HI at 1501 Rhode Island Ave and one near Union Station "On The Hill" at 415 New Jersey Ave. Would these be better? I suppose I should take the convenient one at 550 C St and just Metro into colorful neighborhoods (like DuPont Circle) for dinner... Any advice?
As far as itinerary, there are just so many places we want to go but not enough time! Our top 3 places are: Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum and the Zoo. The others that "would be nice" to see if we could are the Capitol, White House and the Monuments and Memorials.
We arrive on a Thursday afternoon so i was thinking of a moonlight tour with either DC Party Shuttle or Old Town Trolley to see the monuments and memorials. Then on Friday, Air and Space in the AM and a tour of Capitol (if we can get tix) in the PM. On Saturday, I thought Zoo in the AM and Natural History in the PM. We ought to hit the road by 1 PM on Sunday so we could do something in the AM. Any advice and fine tuning or rearranging would be appreciated.