We took a day-trip into Washington DC during our National Parks trip this summer. We were less than two hours from the Capital while staying at Shenandoah River State Park in Virginia. When researching the best way to see the highlights in one day I discovered electric cart tours on Trip Advisor. With a five star rating and rave reviews from hundreds, I knew this was the way to go. Seeing the sights around Capital Hill is a lot of walking. Doing it with three small kids in one day is next to impossible. However, with the electric cart we got to see all the major highlights. We stopped at most to get out, walk around, and experience the sights ourselves. I can’t tell you how many people we drove by who commented “Wow, that is the way to see DC!” Others were asking how to book a tour for themselves. We felt like VIP zipping around and through crowds from one memorial or sight to the next. I highly recommend this tour for anyone! You get to see the highlights in just a few hours. If you book a morning tour like us, you get the rest of the afternoon to go inside any of the Smithsonian Museums. We even had time to do a Smithsonian Museum and the Museum of the Bible after our electric cart tour of Capital Hill. Here is the link on Trip Advisor if you want to learn more about these electric cart tours or book one yourself: https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g28970-d11452578-Capitol_Hill_and_DC_Monuments_Tour_by_Electric_Cart-Washington_DC_District_of_Colum.html
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You can see from our photos below all the highlights we were able to see during our tour (which was even more than advertised on Trip Advisor)! Lizzie was our guide and she did a great job! She talked about our Nation’s history in a way that was interesting and we all learned a bit. The kids were never bored either! Brielle sat up front with Lizzie and is still talking about the tour and what she learned from our wonderful guide.
Before our electric cart tour we went to the Smithsonian Visitor’s Center located in The Castle. They have some wonderful exhibits in this museum.
After our electric cart tour we went to the Smithsonian Museum of a Natural History. It is a great place to take kids! Ours especially enjoyed the stuffed animal and dinosaur exhibits.
Of course the kids rode the carousel, which is located near the museums.
Museum of the Bible
After our visit to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History we took Pedicabs over to the Museum of the Bible. The kids loved the Pedicab rides. I was grateful to avoid the rain. It had just started and we had a mile walk ahead of us. We avoided the rain and got a fun, adventurous ride! These drivers have no fear. They zig zagged through traffic and got us to our location quicker than an Taxi would have taken.
The Museum of the Bible opened in 2017. It has six floors of exhibits. This museum has one of the largest collections of biblical artifacts and texts in the entire world. I was thoroughly impressed with this museum and their vast collection.