As we drove to Washington from Philadelphia, we encouraged all the kids to take a nap. We knew that tonight would be the last cool night (weather wise) of our vacation and so we decided to drive straight to the national mall. The monuments are incredible to see, but the distances between them are not easily enjoyed if it is over 100 degrees and humid. We got there around 5:30 p.m. and were able to comfortable enjoy nearly all of them. The Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War memorial (where we even took in a ranger guided tour), the Vietnam Memorial wall, the World War II memorial, and the Washington monument. By the end of the night it was 10:00 and we were ready for the hotel!