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We get into BWI on a Sunday and then drive to Alexandria, Va where we are staying for the week. (Our kids are 10 and 7. We always stay in a Residence Inn type place so we have separate rooms, indoor pool, and kitchen area. The hotels in the District were 2x the price and did not have pools. sigh)

We are counting on taking the Metro into the District. We will use the car for a trip to Mount Vernon and to the Baltimore Aquarium. Here are the ideas I have. This will be the week right after Easter--first week of April. Which is spring break for lots of people plus prime cherry blossom season. So we have to figure in lots of crowds.

Must Dos:
1. Zoo (Full Day)
2. Mount Vernon (Full Day)
3. All of the monuments on the Mall/Tidal Basin: Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR, MLK, Vietnam, Korea, WWII
4. Natural History Museum

Want Tos:
1. Museum of the American Indian
2. Baltimore Aquarium
3. Spy Museum
4. American History Museum

I don't have sites scheduled for specific days--I want some flexibility to adjust with weather. Here is an idea of what I think we will do:
Day 1: Zoo
Day 2: Mount Vernon
Day 3: Monuments. Maybe this would take only the morning and we could see the Natural History Museum in the afternoon?
Day 4: Baltimore Aquarium
Day 5: Museum of the American Indian See note below

For the Monuments: We are planning on renting bikes and riding around since I have seen that it is about 4 miles to do all of them. The Segway tour is out--you have to be 16. I realize we will have to walk the bikes around the Tidal Basin due to the crowds. The kids don't hang out reading signs much. I will make them hang out while see everything on the MLK and FDR monuments since I have never seen them. So I am thinking that this would not take more than 3 hours????? Which would give us the afternoon to see the Museum of Natural History.

The Museum of the American Indian. This is really my want to!! I could stay all day, but realize I won't get to!! So maybe morning and lunch there since I hear their cafeteria is great. Then maybe the Spy Museum in the afternoon?

How bad will the lines be to see the house at Mt Vernon? We won't be getting up really early--we are from Mountain Standard time, so 9 am is 7 am for us. Should we get tickets on line prior to going there?

I am not too worried about lunch spots. We can eat at cafeterias and food trucks and do fine. If you have any ideas for family friendly places in Alexandria, that would be great. We won't be staying in the District late enough to have dinner there.

Anything I have overlooked? Ideas? Tips? Thanks!!

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