If You Crave Urban Adventure
Get active with the kids:
Set up home base at the centrally located Omni Shoreham Hotel, which is ideal both for kids (at check-in, they receive an activity bag, with a deck of cards, crayons and a coloring book) and adults (spacious rooms feature WiFi). Then, head four blocks over to the endless pathways in the National Zoo. Tai Shan, a 1-year-old panda cub, is a must-see, but go early many animals nap in the afternoon. Walk the monuments or the galleries at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which reopens after a six-year renovation on July 1. Sick of pounding the pavement? Rent a paddle boat at Tidal Basin Paddle Boats or rent some wheels at Bike the Sites and cycle around the Mall.
Head out on your own: Arrange for a babysitter the Omnis concierge can provide contact numbers then hit the fitness center, go running on the paved path in Rock Creek Park (which also has a golf course) next to the hotel, or browse the art galleries in Dupont Circle. If escaping the kids isnt an option, check out a free Get Fit Kit, which includes dumbbells, a resistance band and a mat, from the front desk. Work up a sweat in your room while the kids watch movies on-demand.
The fine print: Room rates for the Omni start at $199 per night. Contact: www.omnihotels.com, 800-843-666.