The Military Family’s Washington, DC Travel Guide

May 29, 2019, 14:27 PM

Copy of WSRA Blog 2019 Leisure Travel Services

School’s out for summer!

If you’ve been thinking about a fun family vacation but aren’t sure where to travel, we’ve found the perfect destination for you: Washington, DC. With a healthy mix of educational and just-for-fun activities, you have the chance to make family memories and learn something new along the way. By flying from Fort Leonard Wood, it takes just a few hours to get to DC - you can be there by noon on the day you leave!

To begin your journey, book your seat on the 7:25 am Contour Airlines flight from Fort Leonard Wood to St. Louis. After a quick, easy layover in St. Louis you have the choice of booking with United, American, or Southwest for the second leg of your journey. If you haven’t flown with Contour Airlines to St. Louis before, you’ll want to check out our guide for using our airport.

Once you arrive in Washington, there are a number of hotels - both global chains and local names - that offer military discounts to choose from. TripAdvisor has this list of the best DC hotels that offer military discounts, and the Fort Leonard Wood Leisure Travel Services team might be able to help the perfect place, as well. Depending on the location of your hotel, you’ll want to decide between using public transit, rideshares or taxis, or renting a car. Many rental car companies offer military discounts, as well.

When it comes to planning out your days, the capital city offers a unique range of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you want to check out the local museums, enjoy a sporting event, or see a show, you might be able to score military discounted tickets. The best part about visiting DC? There are hundreds of free attractions for you and your family to enjoy!

When you feel yourself getting hungry, you’re in luck. DC has recently become a fantastic culinary destination with award-winning restaurants and chefs. You’ll be able to enjoy many different types of cuisine, one of the benefits of visiting a diverse city and global political hub. Check out some of these 38 places <<get link>>, and don’t forget to ask if a military discount is available.

If you decide to take a trip to the capital city this summer, we’d love to add your favorite places to this list! Please be sure to tag us in your photos on Instagram @flyflw!

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