2006, June: 10 days on the road. (Kids were 11 & 14)
Days 1 - 4:
Drove to Wisconsin Dells. Stayed at one of the HUGE waterpark hotels. Great Fun! Nearly drown each day, rode go-karts, amusement rides, took a trip on the “Ducks”, all of the Dells stuff.
Days 4 - 7:
Continued to Chicago. Stayed at the downtown Hilton, right off Lake Michigan. Toured the Field Museum (King Tut’s artifacts were in town), Sears Tower, Lincoln Park Zoo.
Days 7 - 10:
Drove to Central IL… Stayed a small roadside motel. Time for family - it was my DW’s grandfather’s 100th birthday! Caught up with family. Then the 8-1/2 hour drive home.
2007 - Spring Break: One week in Washington DC. We flew.
Stayed at the Georgetown Embassy Suites (free real breakfast daily, and 2-hour open bar evenings)… about a 4-block walk to restaurants & the subway.
(After only 1 day we realized that a private or rental car would be absolutely useless, and were glad we didn’t rent one! Parking is a nightmare, and traffic/driving isn’t for the faint of heart!
DC has one of the easiest & most convenient subway/train systems I’ve ever used! There’s a stop within an easy walk from any attraction, the trains run about every 3 - 5 minutes, and are very inexpensive. Bring good walking shoes, a water bottle, and you’ll be fine.
One of the tricks to “doing DC” is be an early-riser!
Most of the monuments & attractions you can walk right in (or a small wait)… but the Washington Monument & the Bureau of Engraving require tickets. They are no-charge, but are allotted in “time-windows”. During peak season the *entire day’s supply * can be sold out by 7:30am! Get there early!
The National Archives is also very busy. We waited nearly 2-1/2 hours in line to see the Constitution & Declaration of Independence.
If you want to tour the Capitol Building, you will need to contact your State’s Congressman/Representative at least six weeks in advance to set up a tour. Once in DC you’ll meet him/her (or an intern) at their administrative office, then the intern will take you through the Capitol.