A family vacation in Washington D.C. mixes the fun with the awe-inspiring. The Smithsonian is the ultimate travel destination for kids: rockets in the Air and Space Museum, dinosaurs in the Museum of Natural History, and buttons to push everywhere. The Capitol building, the White House and the Lincoln Memorial are a thrill for all ages, and kids will love traveling to the top of the 555-foot Washington Monument. Family-friendly history is everywhere-so are ice cream and t-shirts. Getting around is easy, and Washington D.C. has two big airports: Washington Dulles (IAD) and Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA). Baltimore Washington International (BWI) is a short trip away.
Family-friendly hotels in Washington D.C. include many big luxury hotel chains, like the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. These can be surprisingly kid-friendly with family suites. You'll find smaller, boutique family hotels like Kimpton's Hotel Palomar throughout Washington's many neighborhoods including Georgetown and Dupont Circle. Don't forget nearby towns like historic Alexandria, with easy Metro access to Washington D.C.