Heading eastbound for spring break

In a couple of days, my boys and I will be boarding a plane heading to Washington, D.C. for a two-week trip to the Mid Atlantic states. We’ve been wanting to take this trip for a long time and almost went last year. I was concerned my youngest may be too young to not only enjoy, but also remember the trip, so we waited until he turned six this year to schedule it.

Cherry blossoms in Washington DC - courtesy of Jet Blue

Cherry blossoms in Washington DC – courtesy of Jet Blue

I didn’t start packing seriously until yesterday, and believe me, packing for three people for a two-week trip is quite a puzzle. Especially the guessing part about how many light, warm and very warm layers I need to bring for each of us. Apparently spring weather on the East Coast includes snow, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed the weather will warm up a bit before our arrival. We’ve had rain in San Diego these past couple of days, so I can’t even take the California weather with us. The cherry trees are supposed to be blooming in D.C. at the time of our visit but we’ll see what Mother Nature has in store for us.

We’ll be staying several days outside of D.C. to visit the city and parts of Maryland, then travel to Delaware to spend the weekend with my best friend, and then head south to Virginia and enjoy some of the most beautifully green places the US has to offer. Oh, and check out George Washington’s fake teeth at Mount Vernon. We can’t miss that.

I’ve got a good list of things we want to see and do during our visit but I’d like to ask for your input. What do you think should be on our list that may not be that obvious? What is a cool place to go in that area? What don’t we want to miss? I can’t wait to see what you recommend.

25 responses to “Heading eastbound for spring break

  1. I love Washington DC. As you mention, you’ll be going there right when the cherry trees blossom (I’ve never been there during that time but always wanted to), but who knows with this weird winter/spring? Hope you have great weather. We always enjoy the National Air and Space Museum with our boys as well as the National Museum of Natural History. Lots to see in there. Have fun!!

  2. Take in a play at the Kennedy Center if there is something kid friendly. The Library of Congress is worth popping into. The boys may yawn a tad if you stay too long, but the mosaic ceiling is beautiful. Walk in, look up, and say WOW!

  3. I’ve never been back there, but can’t wait for the travel posts afterward.

  4. Have a wonderful time!

  5. How exciting! We’ve seen the Cherry Blossoms in bloom. Gorgeous.
    If you’re going to the Eastern Shore of Virginia . . . Chincoteague Island has wild ponies walking on the beach. And there are boardwalks at the beaches in Delaware and Ocean City MD.
    In D.C., we loved watching money at Bureau of Printing and Engraving and the American History Museum has cars, like the Model T.
    If you’re in Virginia proper ~ Colonial Williamsburg makes history come to life with costumed interpreters. Charlottesville and Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s home) are great. As is the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive. And there are caves, like Luray Cavern.
    Annapolis Maryland is beautiful with lots of sailboats and the Naval Academy.
    There’s a ferry to Cape May, NJ from Lewes Delaware. A 70-minute ride and Cape May is lots of fun.

    • Ah, you’ve named a lot of the places we’re planning to visit, so it’s great to have confirmation they’re worth it. Luray caverns are on my list and I can’t wait for my kids to be amazed.

  6. Would the National Museum of the American Indian be interesting? Maybe spend a little time there, if they aren’t tired of museums by the time time you are through with your list! That these people ‘lived in America much before we came’ is an interesting concept, though that length of time may not make much sense to the little fellow who had his sixth b’day last month :)
    Anyway, enjoy your spring break.

  7. Wishing you and your boys a beautiful, fun trip just as wonderful as these Cherry Blossoms. I bet you all will have an amazing time and a Spring Break to remember always. Be safe and I hope the weather will be Sunny. Reading your post made me remember the happiness on my son’s face every time we are on a trip. I bet your boys have the same excited, happy smile as well. Priceless times and memories.

  8. I guess you’re leaving Philadelphia for later (when the kids are older) though it’s only two and a half hours from DC. The pink magnolias are going to be out at this time. And I love the Irish Memorial Monument – spent a long time walking around it in the evening sun. And of course the Liberty Bell and all that history.

  9. Ford’s Theatre is a little out of the way but worth it because it feels like you’re walking back into history. I also loved just wandering around outside with all the monuments to see and mostly remember the FDR and Einstein ones. Fredericksburg is fun for the history too but there’s history everywhere around there. I can’t wait to hear about all your adventures – have fun!

  10. Hope you had a great Spring Break. Can’t wait for you to share them in your post. I hope and pray that all your obstacles will clear up and all the wonderful dreams you wish for you and your family happens. Having a vacation time help us unwind and relax. It also help us regroup our life’s priorities and find answers. Wishing you and your family all the best. Happy Easter!

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