washington dc vacation
i'm planning a washington dc vacation, i'm planning on driving and staying outside of the city and taking the metro into the mall. i'm planning on seeing pretty much all the major sites, memorials.
i was wondering if there are any particulars i should know, like for instance i've heard the capitol tour tickets are sold in the mornings, usually sold out, so i know to plan to get tickets the morning of.
anything else along these lines to keep in mind. i'm trying to minimize the walking by seeing things in one area on a day.
also, i'm thinking about making a 'day trip' up to see a few tourist things in NY, just only interested in seeing statue of liberty and the empire state building... suggestions on that. again the ny trip is secondary to dc, just like to know some inside info/problems from people that've taken similar family vacations.