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Spots Kids Love Along the National Mall (Day 1)

Highlights for families along the National Mall
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.4 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Put on your walking shoes and get ready to explore the National Mall. This is a quick, one-day itinerary for families who have just a ... more »

Tips:  Be sure to warn your kids that they'll be going through security at each building you enter along the National Mall. If carrying bags,... more »

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Points of Interest

Start your morning bright an early at the Washington Monument Lodge, where timed tickets go on sale for elevator trips up the Washington Monument. Ticket sales start at 8:30am on a first-come first-served basis, but a line starts forming around 7am or earlier. Tickets run out quickly but one person can pick up as many as six, so it might be a good... More

The National Air and Space Museum fills up fast, so it's best to get there as early in the day as possible. Kids and adults can gawk at artifacts such as the Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis and the Apollo 11 command module--many of which are hanging overhead. There is also a lunar rock sample that visitors can touch and interactive... More

On your way to the U.S. Capitol, make a detour to the U.S. Botanic Garden, a glass building that actually sits on the grounds of the Capitol. Kids interested in plants will love walking through the outdoor and indoor gardens as they read all the labeled plant names (there are around 26,000 plants in all).

Some favorite sections for the kids to... More

A trip to Washington, D.C., wouldn't be complete without a picture on the steps leading to the U.S. Capitol, one of the most symbolically important buildings in the world, so head there next.

Home to the legislative branch of the government and a fine example of 19th century Neo-Classical architecture, this is also the center point from which the... More

Depending on the time on your ticket, you may have already had to make a detour at the Washington Monument. Even if you and the family decide to not go up inside, getting a picture next to the sculpture is a must. Try it from all angles: with the Lincoln Memorial or the Capitol Building in the background, or from up close and from farther away.

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