Smithsonian National Museum of American History (Washington, DC)

If you are visiting Washington, DC, you will likely spend time in several of the Smithsonian museums, most centered around the National Mall.  One of the most interesting museums is the National Museum of American History.  This museum contains many priceless and meaningful artifacts from America’s past, and you can spend hours in its galleries.  March is Women’s History Month, and with the museum’s new exhibit on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, this is the perfect month to visit. Read my new review today!

The White House (Washington, DC)

The ultimate Presidential site to visit is the White House in Washington, DC.  Every President since John Adams has lived in the White House, making it the most historic home in America.  From its burning during the War of 1812 to its complete renovation in the 1950s, the importance of the White House building has remained constant.  If you are planning a trip to Washington, DC, you need to take your family to see the “people’s house.”  Read my new review today to learn how to visit with kids.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, DC)

February is Black History Month so it is a perfect time to plan a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.  This new museum, located on the National Mall, is an important must-see museum on any trip to DC.  While the historical story it tells is one of pain and loss, it is also a hopeful celebration of courage and perseverance.  Every American should plan a visit to see this amazing museum.  Read my new review today to plan your trip!

Lincoln’s Cottage (Washington, DC)

Even though I lived in Washington, DC for years, I was unfamiliar with President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Retirement Home.  Once I heard about this cottage and its importance in history, I knew I had to make a visit!  It makes a great addition to any trip to Washington, DC and is a good place to get away from the crowded museums around the National Mall.  Plus you can check off another Presidential site after visiting! Read my new review today about this hidden historical gem.

National Archives Museum (Washington, DC)

One of the most important places to visit on any trip to Washington, DC is the National Archives Museum.  Nothing compares to seeing the actual Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights up close.  It is amazing to think of the men who signed these very documents and the revolution that they were starting and the government that they were creating.  They had no idea how it would turn out, and I think they would be impressed that over 200 years later, these documents are still revered and venerated. Read my new review on why you should take your kids to this important museum while visiting Washington, DC.

Ford’s Theatre (Washington, DC)

https://www.fords.org Visiting Washington, DC for a family trip this summer?  While the museums on the National Mall get the most attention, don’t overlook an important site in American history.  Ford’s Theatre, where President Abraham Lincoln was shot, is a must-see museum and historical site! One pro tip - buy your tickets for Ford’s Theatre well … Continue reading Ford’s Theatre (Washington, DC)