Me, my husband, and two kids (ages 9 and 11) are considering a 3-4 night trip at the end of December (around December 28- Jan 1). We want to see the Smithsonian Museums and Arlington Cemetery and maybe Mount Vernon. We would be driving so we will have car, but I expect we would not use it unless its to get to Mount Vernon or maybe Arlington Cemetery.
We have traveled for Washington DC at the end of December over 10 years ago and found it be a good time as far as crowds and hotel prices. I know it will be cold.
I have booked a refundable reservation at Hyatt Place National Mall. I was thinking this would be good since its walkable to the museums where we would spend a lot of our time. It looks like we could also walk to restaurants at the Wharf. Would these be a good location? I am also looking into whether there is a similar hotel with an indoor pool for the kids. We prefer to walk instead of taking the metro but will take the metro if needed. We went to NYC in December 2019 and the pre Christmas crowds in the subway really stressed us out. Maybe Washington DC's metro is less crazy?
I know things are different with Covid and I found we need a timed entry for the National Archives and the Holocaust Museum. We went ahead and booked those. It seems we need one for Washington Memorial but we can't book it yet. Are there others that we need? I tried emailing my representative for tours of the White House etc. I haven't heard back but I read that these tours are not happening right now due to covid.
Also - I was wondering if you have recommendation on things to do with 2 kids We think they will love the museums but I think it would be good to have some different activities planned as well.