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With a family of three kids, 14,10 and 4, people have told me Washington will not hit the...

With a family of three kids, 14,10 and 4, people have told me Washington will not hit the spot for the kids. Is this true? If not true, where should we stay? I would like to be able to stay in an area where we don't need to drive to get a coffee o take a stroll w the kids at the end of the day. On a budget of course! It's hard to get into 1 hotel room, but we like to try!
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     asked this on June 08, 2009 at 10:41 PM
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While your kids do vary in age, D.C. has tons to offer families, much of it free! On that note, check out this blog post I did about 57 free activities for kids: http://blogs.away.com/travel/2009/01/dc-for-free-50.html. As someone who's lived here for eight years, I rate this city pretty highly for families, but don't get sucked into visiting just the highlights where all the other thousands of tourists throng. Get out and explore some of the neighborhoods to really experience the place. For hotels, I'd recommend the Dupont Circle or Capitol Hill areas for convenience and access to both Metro and local services; a bit further out but still Metro-accessible and with its own village-y vibe, check out hotels in Old Town Alexandria (prices will be a bit cheaper here, too). As for the best coffee? The M.E. Swing Coffee House on 1702 G Street near the White House serves up a great brew, as do the ultra-cool and friendly Colombian family at Sip of Seattle on 1120 G St in Metro Center.
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     answered this on June 10, 2009 at 06:59 PM
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