My wife and I are from central CA and are driving our Sky Redline to the meet at Mytle Beach and then going to DC for a visit. I am looking for suggestion on where to stay and
what tours to take. I was 10 the last time I was there and that was over 50 years ago. Don't remember much of that visit must be the old timers I would also like to meet up with or join any events that may be going on in the area at the time.
Keep an eye out for the DC Duck Tours. They attacked Mother's Miata with a WWII amphibious vehicle!
As long as they don't run over your car, it's supposedly a great way to see the district. If you can get 10 or more people together, the White House is doing tours again. You'd need to plan ahead since your Congressman would need to arrange it. Info is here: Tours & Events
Must See Museums: Spy Museum (~$10), Newseum (~$20). Mom says people always rave about each of them and they're really worth paying for in a town full of free museums. There are also a plethora of Smithsonians (Air & Space is most popular, American Indian's Cafe is a must for lunch), the National Gallery, and an excellent Jazz Club at the Kennedy Center.
Restaurants: DC Coast- seafood; Acadiana- cajun; Jaleo- tapas; Rasika- Indian (with heavenly crispy spinach); Cafe Atlantico- Latin American (wonderful mojitos); Ceiba- Latin American (Pisco Sours to die for); Clyde's- basic American, moderate price with a great raw bar.
Make sure your hotel is Metro convenient, as you will want to take your car to some places, but will find that it will limit your activities in many others. The city is theoretically easy to navigate, but that's really a big old lie. Looking at directions, always be careful to know what quadrant you're in or going to. Your best bet would be to stay in NW, but certainly not in SE. In fact, don't go into Southeast Washington DC at all. You'll find a variety of hotels in NW to suit any budget.
(Can you tell Mom called while I was typing this?