3-Day Washington, DC Itinerary to see All the Favorites with Teens

    Visiting Washington DC with Teens

    It can be hard to plan a DC itinerary, there’s so much to do and because the time to cover the museums will vary depending on your family. Another factor to consider is the time of year which will add the issues of length of time to go through security lines and navigating crowds.

    Some museums, such as the African American History and Culture Museum, may require timed entry passes. (At this time, Advanced Time Passes through March 2017 are no longer available online or by phone and a limited number of passes can be obtained in person.)

    We visited the week of Thanksgiving and found the crowds to be minimal. None of the museums we visited required timed entry passes.

    Here I list our planned itinerary. Be sure to click on each day to see how we actually did and what we changed around due to weather and visit length.

    With three teens and an adult college student, our family of six was able to cover a lot of ground each day. We walked 18+ miles over 3 days!





    Day 1:

    White House

    Washington Monument

    Head west to cover:


    Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    Lincoln Memorial

    Korean War Memorial

    MLK Jr. Memorial

    Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

    Jefferson Memorial

    Lunch at the US Holocaust Museum Cafe – vegetarian cafe fare.

    US Holocaust Memorial Museum


    Day 2:

    National Air and Space Museum

    US Capitol Tour

    Library of Congress


    Day 3:

    National Archives

    National Museum of Natural History

    National Museum of American History

    Suggestions for additional days:

    African American History and Culture Museum

    National Museum of the American Indian

    Olde Town Trolley Tour National Mall and Downtown- Orange Loop

    Olde Town Trolley Tour Arlington National Cemetery Shuttle – Red Loop

    Olde Town Trolley Tour National Cathedral and Uptown (National Zoo) – Green Loop

    Tips for deciding where to eat on the National Mall.












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    Theresa Jorgensen

    Theresa is the mother of four including twins. She is the owner of SixSuitcaseTravel, a travel site for big families of 5, 6, 7, 8. She enjoys helping other big families build life-long travel memories. Her family's travel bucket list includes Washington, DC (done!), Yellowstone (done!), London, and anywhere in the Caribbean.