DC Family Vacation Itinerary

Located just minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River waterfront, Old Town Alexandria is the perfect home base for families who want convenient access to the nation’s capital and a relaxing respite at the end of each day. Founded in 1749, walkable Old Town Alexandria is a nationally designated historic district humming with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic site museums and new happenings at the waterfront. Family-friendly hotels ranging from boutique-style to the best-known brands await you.

Alexandria is easily accessible by D.C.’s three major airports, Amtrak, Virginia Railway Express and car. Once here, access major sites in Washington, D.C. via Metrorail, a scenic water taxi, a bike ride or take advantage of a short cab ride. Visiting Washington, D.C. with kids is fun and stress-free when you stay in Old Town Alexandria.

Based on the latest CDC health guidance, it is recommended that everyone wear a mask in public indoor spaces in Alexandria, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required to be worn in all public indoor spaces in Washington, D.C.

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Children on DC Vacation

Thursday: Monuments and Memorials

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Air and Space Museum

Friday: Smithsonian Museums

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Family eating ice cream

Saturday: Relax in Alexandria

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Red Panda at Smithsonian Zoo

Sunday: National Zoo and More Museums

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George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Monday: George Washington’s Mount Vernon

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National Aquarium

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