First time to DC in July, trying to put together a tentative itinerary so we can reserve any tickets we might need. We are active and able bodied in our mid 30's, lots of walking is no issue for us.
We arrive the evening of July 3rd, nothing planned for this day beyond getting settled at the hotel. We depart Sunday morning, July 8th so we'll have 4 full days to spend in the area. July 4th and July 7th can be swapped, but we have some reservations on 7/5 and 7/6 that are already set. If any of the visit times are out of line,that'd be great feedback as well.
-Fords Theatre 9:00 tickets, 2 hrs.
-National Archives: Really only want to see the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence. 1.5 hrs
-Newseum: 2.5 hrs
-International Spy museum (open until 7): 2 hrs
I am wondering if this day is to full, seems like a long day. Wondering if we should chose newseum or spy museum to keep sane.
-Air and Space Museum in the morning until early afternoon.
-Arranged Capitol tour at 2:15. 1.5 hrs
-walk through Library of Congress, really just want to see reading room. 30 minutes
-More time at Air and Space if wanted, it's open until 7:30
-Bureau of Engraving, 8:15 reservation. 1 hr
-Holocaust museum, 11:00 entry reservation. 4 hrs
-American History Museum: 2 hrs
-Pull Newseum, Spy or American History to this day?
Our goal would then be to spend the evenings visiting the monuments and memorials around the mall after the museums have closed.
Appreciate any feedback!