I just can not wait, we are going the first week of September during the week. We arriving late Wednesday night around 9pm, and staying until later afternoon Friday in order to get a head start on our journey back to the Buffalo boarder.
Hope that you enjoy my former hometown...it really is special and I highly recommend it for visitors!
I really want to see the monuments at night now, and Arlington Cemetery I think is important. Along with the some sites at the Mall. I would be good if I can get into the capitol Friday am as my last item. Still trying to figure what time I have to line by in order to get in.
My opinion, as one who has lived here virtually my whole life, is take the tour of the Capitol, it is the single most moving and impressive place in D.C. If you can do the tour of the White House, yes also do that. I wouldn't necessarily recommend Arlington Cemetery to everyone, but since you expressed an interest, it is definitely worth the trip. And if you go there and come back across Memorial Bridge you get a sensational view of the Lincoln Memorial (which is also worth visiting).
Perhaps a hotel in Georgetown would take care of seeing that part of town and eating there.
I recommend Dupont Circle for the evening over Georgetown.
I can't thank you all enough for your help, I've never been, nor have I been to my first stop that week, Virginia Beach. Can't wait