An insider’s guide to a day trip in D.C.

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Washington, D.C., day trip tips

Lindsey Gill, of Odenten, has several tips for parents preparing to embark on a day trip to Washington, D.C.

  • Cluster activities so that they are physically close together.
  • Visit only one Smithsonian museum per outing since it can be "kind of overwhelming to do more than one in a day."
  • Ask about scavenger hunts and other activities at museum desks to help keep visits interesting for the kids.
  • Take the Metro or MARC train. Don't drive. Not only does it save the trouble of parking, but the kids will love the ride.
  • Check out the Circulator bus to get around within D.C. It costs just $1. Starting this spring the Circulator will include a route around the National Mall. Check the website for maps and schedules: dccirculator.com.

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