Family Vacation to D.C.

Family vacations can be tricky, especially to destinations like Washington, D.C., that are steeped in history that younger members of your clan may not — ahem — fully appreciate. Take a page from this playbook for a trip that will have everyone asking, "Can we stay one more day?"

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Double-Decker Bus Tours

  • Take things to new heights as you look over the city from the roof of a guided tour bus.
  • Tour buses offer the convenience of hop-on and hop-off sightseeing, which may be ideal if you’d like to get a close-up view of any of the 40 stops along the way, like the White House, Jefferson Memorial or Ford Theater, just to name a few. 
  • Tours last anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.

National Zoo

  • Set foot on the 163-acre campus of the Smithsonian National Zoo and you’ll quickly realize that this destination is a total crowd-pleaser.
  • One of the oldest zoos in the United States, the National Zoo boasts unique exhibits.
    • The Kid’s Farm, where you can get up close with domesticated livestock
    • The Think Tank, an area designed to educate visitors about how animals think and learn about their surroundings
    • A habitat for the zoo’s best-known residents, the Giant Pandas
  • Admission is free and the zoo is open every day except Christmas.

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  • Stop in this local hot spot and let everyone order their own oven-fired pizzas and a one-of-a-kind dessert. Then take turns playing table tennis between bites.

The International Spy Museum

  • Peruse the largest collection of international espionage artifacts on public display.
  • Test your skills of observation, analysis, surveillance and disguise at interactive stations.
  • Younger patrons can climb through ductwork on their own secret mission or diffuse an atomic bomb.

Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion

  • End the day in ultimate comfort with a two-room suite perfect for a family.
  • With 75 hotels in the D.C. area, you’ll be able to find a convenient Hilton hotel wherever your adventures take you.


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