Creating family memories through travel with a trip to Washington D.C.
One of the best ways to create family memories through travel is to combine the fun of vacation with the edification of education. Our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. is stuffed full of museums and monuments, many thanks to the Smithsonian. Several of these cater to areas of interest for kids especially, space travel, dinosaurs, and spy adventures.
Some of the highlights of a trip to Washington include:
The Air and Space Museum is filled with artifacts of both the early development of flight to the age of space exploration. You can see the original Wright Flyer and the Apollo space capsule that took men to the moon in one place. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport contains larger craft that are too big for the downtown museum, including the B 29 bomber Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the space shuttle orbiter Discovery.
The National History of Natural History contains exhibits of just about every form of plant and animal life, living and extinct. The fossil hall, which contained the bones of many iconic dinosaurs, was recently closed for renovations. It will reopen again in 2019 and will contain a fully realized tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. In the meantime, visitors can check out the Last American Dinosaurs exhibit that opens in the fall of 2014.
The International Spy Museum celebrates espionage in fiction and in reality. It has a number of exhibits that explore the nature of spy craft. Of particular interest for kids would be the 50 Years of Bond Villains exhibit.
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