Crazy Bucket List and The Reason We Went To Washington D.C.

Screen Shot 2018-08-05 at 6.11.32 PM.pngWashington, D.C.

Before our daughter was born, one of the things I heard through the Experienced Mom Network, were all the things you were supposed to do with your child before the age of 6. Surprisingly, the number one item on this imaginary check list was to take them traveling. Note you couldn’t just take them to the beach, or to the mountains. There was a serious list at the time called “The 10 Best Places.” So of course being a “New Mom To Be,” I felt it was my duty to research, and budget, and plan to go to each of these destinations to make sure our daughter, Lady Bug, was a seasoned traveler before she entered elementary school.

Fast Forward

So at the tender age of 2 months old, our family of three embarked on one of our first trips to our Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C. ….Yes, I know….it was crazy right?

The real reason is that I wanted my Grammy and the rest of my family to meet the newest member of the family. (So it worked out perfectly!) We planned, prepared, packed, repacked, and then headed off for a very, very, very long drive from Raleigh, NC.

PS – if this is your first time traveling with an infant, I want to share my 10  Essential Items for Traveling in the Car With Baby

Baby Car Rear-view Mirror

Easy Access Baby Bag

Cushioned Changing Pad with Barrier for Babies Hands

Large Sun Shade for Car Window

Soft Clip-On Toy with Vibration and Teether

Snack Pouches

A Variety of Soft Books with Clip On 

Back Seat Organizer for iPad, Bottles, Tissues, Snacks and More

Digital Sleep Music For Baby

New Soft Toy



Once we arrived it was wonderful! Grammy was able to hold her first Great-Granddaughter, and we were lucky that we had a seasoned staff of built in babysitters to watch over the little one while we caught up on our sleep. We went to bed dreaming of what the next four days would bring so we could check this trip off the “Crazy Things You Must Do For Your Child” list.

Let The List Begin

Day 1

  • White House (outside for pictures)
  • Martin Luther King Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Korean War Memorial
  • Vietnam Memorial
  • WWII Memorial





Day 2

  • Natural History Museum
  • American History Museums

Day 3

  • Washington Monument
  • Air and Space Museum
  • U.S. Capitol


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Day 4




And for the record the U.S. cities/destinations are:

Big Bucket List Check List

Washington D.C. deserves more than 4 days. With so much to see and do we probably won’t plan on another visit until Lady Bug is a bit older.

But if you are still determined, here are our top recommendations to experience the best of the United States in D.C.

National Mall (The Mall)

If you only have a short time in DC, be sure to make visiting the National Mall your #1 focus.

It’s at the Mall by the  US Capitol Building and the Lincoln Memorial ,near to most all the  famous memorial and monuments.

And guess what? All the monuments and memorials are open to the public 24/7 and are FREE!

Any Museums on the Mall

The Smithsonian offers eleven museums and galleries on the National Mall. There are also six other museums plus the National Zoo in the greater National Capital Area.

Examples include:

See the full list of museums here.

See tips for visiting here.



P.S. Now we are back home and have realized that even though Lady Bug will never remember a thing about this list or this trip, there are alot of others that will. xoxo