DC over Memorial Day weekend

Old Mar 10th, 2010, 07:37 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 501
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
DC over Memorial Day weekend

I'm making a tentative plan to visit DC over Memorial Day and am wondering if it will be exceptionally crowded then, if driving into and out of it will be bad or if it is actually a nice time to go because of specific events that might be going on then. I've been there twice but this time would be bringing a daughter and would be driving there from the south and heading back into the midwest on the following Tuesday. Any insight would be appreciated.
coldkelly is offline  
Old Mar 10th, 2010, 07:59 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 173
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
DC is likely to be pretty crowded Memorial Day weekend. It's the start of tourist season and with the various Memorial Day observances at the memorials/monuments there will be a lot of people. That's not to say you couldn't go and have a good time, but driving in the National Mall area will be difficult because of traffic and pedestrians. If you plan to drive to the DC area and stay at a local hotel, taking Metro into the Mall area would be wise.
Traveler_A is offline  
Old Mar 10th, 2010, 08:16 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,568
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The big event is the Rolling Thunder motorcyle gathering -- an awesome thing to see, or something to avoid like the plague, depending on your interest.
kayd is offline  
Old Mar 10th, 2010, 08:17 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 216
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Memorial Day weekend is Rollng Thunder, thousands of motorcyclists, many on loud Harleys. Quite a few are down in NC beforehand, then make their way north along the Blue Ridge Parkway+Skyline Drive in large convoys.
weimarer is offline  
Old Mar 10th, 2010, 09:34 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 11,656
Likes: 0
Received 7 Likes on 1 Post
I don't find DC particularly crowded over Memorial Day weekend. As mentioned Rolling Thunder is rolling about, but lots of locals head out of town for the weekend. I'm always in and out of the tourist core in DC over that weekend and haven't really even been bothered by Rolling Thunder - they dont cause traffic jams like one sees over Cherry Blossom time.
yestravel is offline  
Old Mar 10th, 2010, 09:53 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,039
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Here's a list of some of the activities planned (tentative) for the D.C. area over Memorial Day weekend. http://dc.about.com/od/hoildaysseaso...emorialDay.htm
longhorn55 is offline  
Old Mar 10th, 2010, 10:58 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 4,408
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I've stayed in Washington over the Memorial Day weekend in the past and found it not as crowded as I would have thought. I used the metro and had no problem getting around. I've seen larger crowds at the museums during March/April. I thought Rolling Thunder was amazing (and LOUD!).
321go is offline  
Old Mar 10th, 2010, 03:57 PM
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 501
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Rolling Thunder sounds like the Harley Davidson reunion here in Milwaukee a few (or several?) years back. Cycles everywhere!
coldkelly is offline  
Old Mar 10th, 2010, 04:41 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 11,656
Likes: 0
Received 7 Likes on 1 Post
Rolling Thunder is a national organization who's purpose is to bring awareness to POW's and MIA's. They've been coming to DC for maybe 20-25 years.
yestravel is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
bardo1
United States
4
Sep 12th, 2011 05:41 PM
gracie
United States
4
May 21st, 2010 10:58 AM
srasaenz3406
United States
5
Apr 21st, 2008 10:24 AM
abbydog
United States
5
Feb 17th, 2006 04:43 AM
bluestructure
United States
31
Jul 22nd, 2005 05:34 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Your Privacy Choices -