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Please help with Washington, DC itinerary

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Hi – we off to our first vacation to Washington DC and thought I’d post here seeking itinerary/planning suggestions. We are a family of 4 (kids are 17 and 19).
Staying at the Willard – we get in around midday on August 21 and my son and I leave on the 28th, the girls leave the next day.
I’ve been to DC on a short business trip once, so while I have a basic idea of some of the key attractions, by all means we are first time tourists to the city. From what I’ve read (and know of our interests), I’ve put together a list what we broadly want to see and do – would appreciate some help in building an itinerary around this (and anything else any of you thinks we should add).
My general thought was that we spread the activities for half a day or so, and then spend the other half exploring a neighborhood briefly (short stroll, settle down to a nice restaurant).
So, on day 1 (since we arrive around midday), I thought we might just rent bikes and visit the monuments.
Day 2 onwards, we explore the following (one or two each day):
• The Capitol
• Air & Space Museum
• Museum of Natural History
• National Gallery of Art
• Museum of American History
• Library of Congress
• National Archives

And in the late afternoon of each day, wander around the following neighborhoods and end with dinner:

• Eastern Market
• Penn Quarter
• DuPont Circle
• U Street
• Georgetown

Would love to hear your suggestions on how to order this, add/delete anything, and any suggestions on where to eat during the day (i.e. what’s best close to or around the particular activity). I’m reading up on restaurants in each neighborhood – but any suggestions on that would be highly appreciated. And finally – please do suggest if you think half a day on a particular activity to too little or too much (I know we’d want to spend longer in the Air & Space and Natural History museums and possibly even the National Gallery).
Many thanks for reading and for you suggestions.

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