Originally Posted by minniebeth
Sayhello, a little time has gone by on this thread, you may have already decided on your itinerary, but I'll add my suggestions.
There is always so much to do, not enough time!
I also highly recommend Longwood Gardens if you have the time. If not, a trip out that way another time maybe combined with some Reading Pa. outlets shopping would be a great time.
A little more obscure but a gem, if you like art, the Brandywine River Museum in Chadd's Ford.
It is so beautiful there! Peaceful, a little slice of heaven away from the bustle of the city.
For DC, we really like the Mayflower, I think you will like it. Our favorite hotel is the Williard Intercontinental. It is perfectly located, beautiful, and very historical. Our favorite place to eat there is Cafe du Parc, they have an amazing brunch buffet. Old Ebbitt Grille is about 2 blocks away and has amazing seafood and delicious reasonably priced food for the city. Historical as well.
The Holocaust Museum is a *must do*. I would put this at the top of the list!
Also, something different, the Bascilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the campus of the Catholic University of America is amazing if you like architecture. Many tourists, both Catholic and non-Catholic alike come here.
There are scores of tiny shrines that represent cultures from all over the world. You can get a guide book and tour/read on your own, or you can go on a guided tour. We now go every time we visit DC.
Have fun planning! I love reading about all your ABD adventures and am excited to hear about your experiences with destinations I'm so familiar with.
Thanks, minniebeth! I am *far* from decided on my itinerary yet, so I really appreciate the input! I'll check these out. The Bascilica you mention sounds really interesting. I've never heard of it, but I will definitely do some research on it. Sounds like my kind of site!
And thanks for the restaurant rec's too!