National Archives in Washington, DC
Washington, DC is my second favorite city. Maybe my first-favorite. It’s so hard! I love Philadelphia because it feels like home to me and I love all the history, but I love DC because it has history and what is happening today. It’s a city with great energy. I look for any excuse to visit and we average at least 1-2x a year. I’m going again in a couple of weeks and just can’t wait! Here are the reasons you should visit the National Archives in DC.
- Um, hello?? Sleeping right next to the Declaration of Independence?
- General admission is free.
- Everyone will find something of interest to them.
- You can do genealogical research there.
- The staff was super accommodating for us.
- I loved the gift shop, very unique items.
- America. ‘Nuff said.
I was so flattered at being invited that I responded yes without thinking it through. After I said yes, I got nervous.
After all, my older child who is 8 is my child with disabilities. He is normally a pretty passive and agreeable kid and travels well. But, I usually rely on the privacy of a hotel room, which we definitely would not have. My anxiety only exacerbated when they said “no outside food” and that we wouldn’t be able to leave the building. Still, I forced myself to toughen up and go. And I am so glad that we did.
If you ever get the chance to go, go! The Archives Sleepover is a great event for families. I’m even talking to some venues here in Philadelphia to see if they want to get it started.
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