Since we are only going to be stationed in the DC area for 3 years and likely part of the last year the kids and I will move up to Maine to oversee the building of our new home, I felt compelled over the summer to compile "the list," places we absolutely must see. I want to attempt to stuff some culture in these children's minds while I have the opportunity. Once we are ensconced in Maine I don't anticipate coming back to this area. Why ever leave a place millions of people call Vacationland?
Arlington National Cemetery (to visit the grave of my grandfather)
National Museum of American Art
National Museum of American History
National Portrait Gallery
National Postal Museum
Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum
Capitol (to see the Statuary Hall in the basement) *
Bureau of Engraving and Printing *
National Gallery of Art
Corcoran Gallery of Art
National Museum of Health and Medicine (I like the story of the Congressman who would go regularly to "visit" his leg on display. He lost it at Gettysburg)
National Geographic Explorers Hall
Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
US Botanic Gardens
US National Arboretum (the bonsai collection is fantastic, I don't think the kids would be interested in much else)
*need tickets from our Senator/Representative
Tomorrow being a federal holiday we picked the easy-to-drive-to Udvar-Hazy branch of the Air and Space Museum as our first tourist pick. Between piano group lessons, Scouts, hour long drives to visit the aunties, and local parks we will be either driving and riding the METRO most weekends.
Any suggestions as to which attraction we should pick for next Sunday afternoon?