8 days in Washington DC Itinerary

8 days in Washington DC Itinerary

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The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will appeal to museum buffs. For shopping fun, head to Chatham Manor or National Portrait Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: North Anna Battlefield Park (in Ashland), James Madison's Montpelier (in Montpelier Station) and Fredericksburg (Old Salem Church, Kirkland Monument, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, get in on the family fun at Kings Dominion, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and do a tasting at General's Ridge Vineyard and Winery.

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In July, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

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Fredericksburg, Kings Dominion, James Madison's Montpelier, Stratford Hall, General's Ridge Vineyard and Winery
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James Madison's Montpelier
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National Air and Space Museum

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