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Old Jul 2nd, 2005, 12:21 PM
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Silver Spring is fine, easily the most logical base outside the city for putting someone at Catholic U. (What's got me stumped is why someone would send a kid to that school -- Ban Stanley Tucci? Stanley Tucci? But that's another matter.)

Silver Spring is a huge, diverse area, but the downtown has a decent Hilton and Holiday Inn. The dining options are varied and improving faster than any place in the DC area (Ray's the Steak reportedly is next) and it's easy to get to the Beltway from there.

I'd avoid the cheaper hotels, the Ramada, Econolodge or Motel 6, which are in a transitional neighborhood.
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Old Aug 1st, 2005, 07:34 AM
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I am disappointed that TUPELO2002 didn't like Silver Spring; I can't imagine where you stayed but it couldn't have been in the Central Business District (AFI/shopping/etc). A new Courtyard Marriott is opening soon. Also I would agree that the Hilton or Holiday Inn (soon to be a Crown Plaza) which are just a couple of blocks from the Metro (subway) are good choices
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 09:50 AM
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We are traveling to see Wicked in Dec. at the Kennedy Center. Since there are 5 of us, any recommendations about where to stay?
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 09:58 AM
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Kennedy Center runs a free shuttle every 15 min (or less) between Foggy Bottom Metro station (Blue/Orange lines) so you could stay almost anyplace in the district or even in Arlington/Alexandra and be able to get to/from KC easily enough.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2005, 10:01 AM
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jmixon,
Two rooms, I assume? Three? All 5 adults? What is your budget range (in dollars)? When are you arriving? How long are you staying? Are you planning to do anything else while in DC?
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Old Aug 3rd, 2005, 07:13 AM
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We are two adults and three kids- found a room at the Doubletree by the Kennedy Center that will accomodate allof us for 109.00 a night- sounds like a deal to me!
We haven't started planning things too much yet since we'll be there just for two days. Kids have already seen the major sights on school trips so we are looking off the regular tour places to go...
any ideas?
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Old Aug 3rd, 2005, 09:27 AM
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jmixon,

Here are some self guided walks of different neighborhoods in DC. IMO, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle/Kalorama, and Capitol Hill would be your best bets - especially since you've recently visited the major tourists sites.

http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/homepage2549/index.htm

To help plan your time: after you have selected a walk, click on each point of interest for greater detail.
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Old Sep 1st, 2005, 11:16 AM
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Courtyard hotel in Twinbrook is one block from Twinbrook metro station. Area is quiet by night and has a great shopping strip in front of it. DC has a lot of free
museums which takes several days to enjoy them all. It is really an inexpensive place for vacations if you use the metro system . While in DC, try to eat French, italian , Vietnamese ,chinese, Greek food etc.. This is international food haven area. It has the best of the best food in the world.
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Old Sep 14th, 2005, 07:02 PM
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As a lot of posters have already said, use the Metro as much as possible. On my last trip to DC (1998), we stayed at the Holiday Inn Eisenhower in Alexandria VA. Parked my car in their lot, and it stayed there the entire week. Only used the Metro. We saw all of the monuments and took a few tours.

I hope that you are an early riser. The thing that irked me was that all the museums were closed at 5:00pm. I remember when we took a tour of the Holocaust museum we got in and only got halfway through the museum (it is structured like a timeline that you go through). Guards abruptly told us we had to leave. They did not let us finish. We were able to see the Fourth of July fireworks. The exact same show that you see on PBS "A Capitol Fourth". Even then, after the fireworks show, the Metro was very convenient and smooth even with the extra crowds trying to get out of DC.
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Old Sep 29th, 2005, 04:01 AM
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I'm looking at DC as a possibility for a 4 day trip this fall with my husband and 2 yr. old toddler. Is this a good idea? Are there toddler-friendly activities in the area (including swings/parks, children's museums)? Kid-friendly restaurants (but not fast food--can't go inside a Mickey D's or Burger King!)? I understand that driving might be a problem--are the taxis accommodating with regards to car seats? Thanks!
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Old Sep 29th, 2005, 08:08 PM
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Bapgryl,

While there are plenty of great things to do, DC isn't as strong for toddlers as it is for kids a bit older -- mainly because museums and monuments are the highlights.

The zoo is wonderful, however, and there are certain times, such as the kite day on the mall, that would be fun. A DC Duck (amphibious craft) tour might be be a hit -- but at 2, they change so fast who knows ...? There are also plenty of green spaces to let the kid run off energy, but actual playgrounds are tougher to come by.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is close and is a great toddler spot -- and perhaps you could combine it with a train ride up there (cheap and quick) . . . if the tyke is old enough to enjoy a train.

As for transport, kids usually do fine on Metro. Finding kid-friendly dining isn't hard. There's a very solid mix here and it is a tourist town.

If this is a rare chance to visit DC, it might be worth hanging off for a few years and hitting some more toddler-friendly spot for now. Not trying to discourage you ... you can still have fun, just not as much as you might in a few years.
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Old Jan 17th, 2006, 08:12 PM
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I highly recommend the Spy Museum. It's not cheap - about $13 per person - and I was a little annoyed at that. But we spent over 2 hours there (and could have stayed much longer but we had somewhere to be) and when I left I felt it was worth the money.


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DC is an excellent place to ride bikes, with the mall area there is so much to ride to (I believe it's 2 miles from the Capitol to the Lincoln Monument.) that is off street riding. Bikes can be taken on the Metro...I believe you need to enter into the center door? A typical bike tour for us....Arlington Cemetery to see Tomb of the Unknowns, Robert E Lee's House and the Iwo Jima Statue....back to the bikes...across the bridge, stop at Lincoln Monument...hit the Vietnam and Korean War Memorial and the WWII memorial and Washington Monument...call or use internet for tickets to this...ride out to the White House, over to Old Post Office...make sure to go up the tower, then back to the Mall Area and up to the Capitol Building. Staff led tours by your Senator or Rep. Staff is the easiest and quickest...call ahead for this. If it's hot and humid duck into an air-conditioned museum. You'll spend a day and hit the major sights which gives you time for museums...Spy Museum is great, Ford Theater is excellent..and FREE plus beside a Hard Rock Cafe. Washington National Cathedral is an excellent tour especially if your group is the only ones on it. A day for the zoo, Dulles Airport Air and Space is a MUST see and will take at least 1/2 a day, Mount Vernon is excellent too.
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