Budget-conscious families will want to head to our nation’s capital this year to take advantage of more free museums than you could squeeze into a week. Lodging can seem pricey, but keep in mind that hotel prices go down the second Congress is not in session, which is the entire month of August. Yes, it is hot in the summer in D.C., but look outside of the city for water parks to give yourself a break, and take advantage of the neighborhood parks and your hotel pool.
After you get your fill of museums, start a culinary tour across the globe. D.C. is home to plenty of international food trucks and restaurants that will tickle your taste buds without needing a passport.
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