Long weekend in DC?

Old Apr 19th, 2008, 07:19 AM
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Long weekend in DC?

I'm planning a trip to DC with my husband and 4 teenaged children. Our choices are to visit over memorial day weekend, or wait a couple of weeks and go in early June after school is out.

I know either time will be crowded at the museums, etc., but could anyone tell me which time period is likely to be less crowded?
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Old Apr 19th, 2008, 07:32 AM
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Hmmm...kind of a toss-up, I'd say. Many of us (DC residents) go away over Memorial Day weekend, but we're also not likely to crowd museums, etc.... If I had to select, I would say come over Memorial Day, but really, it is not going to make that much difference.
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Old Apr 19th, 2008, 10:15 AM
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On the other hand, during Memorial Day we get a lot of visitors here in D.C. plus all of the motorcyclists for Rolling Thunder. I agree that it's a toss-up as to when you come.
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Old Apr 19th, 2008, 11:29 AM
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Rolling Thunder can be highly disruptive if you're on the mall and want to get across Constitution or Independence Avenues. If you can miss it, that would be better.
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I was in Washington last year during the Memorial Day weekend. I had no problems with Rolling Thunder, but I planned ahead so that I was inside museums on the Mall when it was taking place.

You can find their schedule of events here: http://tinyurl.com/4fl4z2
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Oh, yeah. Rolling Thunder. I forgot about that. But I bet your teenagers would find it cool--or whatever the correct term is these days! It is a very impressive sight.
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