I’m planning a trip to the U.S. (flying from Europe) next year spring (around may) with my teenage son. We expect to first go to NY, which I’ve been to before (and there is currently another thread on NY). Our idea was to next take the train to Philadelphia, leave our luggage at the station, do a quick walkaround in the city (Independence Hall), then take the train to Washington and stay there for 3 days to take in the sights.
I was hoping that you guys might be able to provide us with some tips and/or warnings. We want to see the historic important landmarks, also I like to walk around to catch the atmosphere of a city. I also like to try local cuisine (Philly cheesesteak?). My son is open to visit a few art museums but wouldn’t like to spend much time there. Naturally we plan to visit/see the main Washington sights (White House, Capitol, Supreme Court, Lincoln Memorial), realizing some are not open to non-US tourists or have restrictions. But are there other things to recommend? My son is interested in history and politics, also classical history, but I wouldn’t want to drag him along rows of ancient statues. Obviously I also can’t visit bars or late night sights.