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Spring break is only a few weeks away. A majority of Americans will be heading to warm beaches and family resorts for their spring break vacations. This year more families are traveling to exotic locations outside of the United States. According to Kayak, the most popular destination for spring break 2018 is Japan. Japan has become a hot tourist spot because airline prices have gone down, the yen is also down and the visa requirement is more relaxed.
I prefer to travel somewhere warm like the Caribbean islands. This year the islands should be less crowded and the airfare from the US is right around $500. The Caribbean is the perfect spring break vacation if you need to escape the cold.
Growing up we always spent spring break on the beautiful Florida beaches. Florida is still a popular destination for families from northern states to travel to. Last year we chose a more educational and affordable place to take the kids, Washington D.C.
Spring Break Vacations – Washington D.C
Washington DC is a short 15 hour drive from Chicago. We stayed at a family-friendly hotel and took advantage of all the free things to do in our nation’s capital. On our first day there we visited the capital building and went on a tour. The kids learned all about what our federal law makers do and the history of our government. We especially enjoyed looking at all the artwork and statues.
We spent another day visiting the memorials and monuments. Our children learned about the great past presidents, Jefferson, Washington, and Lincoln. I was surprised to see how large the statue of Lincoln really was. The reflection of the Washington memorial across the pools was beautiful. We also enjoyed the view of the river and the city from the Jefferson memorial.
The Smithsonian is also free to the public. We spent a couple of days visiting different museums within the Smithsonian. Our kids participated in several hands on learning activities. They got to hold insects, touch and look at rocks and minerals, watch educational films, give a presidential speech, and learn about our nations history.
We also took the kids to Arlington and visited Kennedy’s eternal flame. They also witnessed the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. This tomb is guarded 24 hours a day 265 days a year by Tomb Guard Sentinals. They are all volunteers and considered to be the best of the elite 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), headquartered at Fort Myer, Va. The guard is changed every hour on the hour from October 1 to March 31. From April to September the cemetery is open longer and the guard changes every half hour. If you visit Washington DC over spring break you must take your kids to see this.
The National Zoo is also fun for kids. Everyone likes zoos and our children loved to see all the animals at the National Zoo in Washington DC. Our favorite exhibit from the zoo was the pandas. A national television station was there filming their show about the pandas. Our children had the opportunity to be on the set during the filming. We still don’t know if they appeared in the show. The possibility that they could have been was exciting.
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