Up in the air

Washington’s National Air and Space Museum should be at the top of any plane spotter’s bucket list thanks to a hard-to-beat list of key exhibits. It includes the Wright Brothers’ plane which made the first flights at Kitty Hawk and the Spirit of St Louis which, with pilot Charles Lindbergh, was the first plane to fly solo nonstop over the Atlantic. Throw in the Apollo 11 command module and the Breitling Orbiter 3 and you will soon get its appeal. The NASM is the most visited museum in the US and the third most visited in the world. If you get bored, there are the other museums that make up the Smithsonian Institution nearby.

Ages: 5 and up

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