We will be going to visit DC in a few weeks, on a Sat. We've seen the memorials, and my 12-year old wants to go shopping in Georgetown, which we've also done, but apparently, never gets old. :) She also has been fascinated lately by bonsai.
My oldest daughter has just moved to the area, just outside the beltway in Maryland, in the Bethesda area. So we'll be staying with her, but she really isn't much help at advising us what will work and what won't. She's only been there one month, and working every day.
Here's my thoughts: Me, my husband and the 12-year old drive over to the National Arboretum from our oldest daughter's place, mostly to tour the bonsai collection. Will we be able to buy a small one for her? (we will be celebrating her 12th birthday!) Eat lunch at the Arboretum? Is there a place nearby to get a quick bite?
My husband, who dreads the idea of shopping in Georgetown, could drive us over to Wisconsin Ave., drop us off, and then go do whatever he wants. (probably go back to our oldest's place to relax!) We would spend all afternoon shopping for her birthday gifts.
My oldest tells me we could walk down M St. towards the direction of a Metro station, and she'll give me detailed instructions on how to take the metro, and her dad could then come pick us up at the station.
I'm thinking of then going back to Bethesda, and eating a late dinner at the Dave and Buster's, which is very close to my oldest daughter's place. Will a 12-year old like it? She's very into video games, so I think she would.
Next day, I'd like to go to Great Falls and hike around. That would please my husband, and the 12-year old both.
Is this doable? How is parking at the National Arboretum? How long will it take to drive from there to Georgetown?