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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 08:45 AM
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FWIW, I agree with obxgirl. There are many museums in DC that I would visit before the Hirschhorn.
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 10:38 AM
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The National Archives had a lengthy wait when we were there a couple of years ago--about an hour.

You can get timed tickets for entry to the Archives which will eliminate much of the wait.

http://www.recreation.gov/tourSearch...tractCode=NRSO
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 12:39 PM
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dont forget the zoo if you have time. the lion cubs were a hoot!
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 01:43 PM
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The mention of the Hirshhorn reminds me - this is my favorite outdoor museum in DC.

http://www.nga.gov/feature/sculpture...ure/index.shtm
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 02:25 PM
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The Museum of Crime & Punishment, IMO, is far more interesting than the Spy Museum, which is always disconcertingly heaving with tourists, and I find the rooms rather random and hard to follow from one exhibit logically to the next.

There is free music every Friday night, beginning at 5 pm, in the Smithsonian Sculpture Garden. It's usually wonderful, especially if the weather is cool. Just don't bring any alcohol in - it will be confiscated.

If you happen to be wandering south down Connecticut Avenue from Dupont Circle, walk a block east on N Street and take a look at the Tabard Inn - a historic, lovely old building and a great place to stop for a cool drink or a light lunch.

I'd put the U Street Corridor toward the bottom of your list. It's an interesting, eclectic neighborhood with lots of funky shops and bars, but the construction on 14th St. is incessant, loud, and annoying.
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 02:43 PM
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The zoo is wonderful and it opens early. The animals are most active in the morning.

I found tours to be the best way to see The Archives and the Library of Congress. Both are free but tickets are timed.

The Newseum is nice and may be a bit more interesting for your kids.

Arlington is a "do not miss" in my opinion, especially the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier. I might be a fast observer but the tour of the cemetery and waiting for the guard change only took me about 2 hours.

One last memorial is the 911 Memorial at the Pentagon. It is outside and open 24/7.

Lastly, PAUL Bakery is great for lunch or just a snack. It is on Penn Ave next to the Archives Metro stop.
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 02:48 PM
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Thanks SF7307. If you are ever in the NYC area there is a spectacular outdoor sculpture called Storm King.

http://www.stormking.org/
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 02:57 PM
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IMDonehere, I've been to Storm King and I agree with you wholeheartedly (although "spectacular" might be an understatement )
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 02:58 PM
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BTW, lest anyone get the wrong idea, we're not even "museum people", but there are some museums that are just not to be missed.

P.S. The Newseum is fantastic -- give yourselves plenty of time. The ticket is good for two consecutive days because there's so much to take in (if you're a news junkie).
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 03:30 PM
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Glad you enjoyed Storm King applying whatever superlative, you wish.
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 06:52 PM
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What do the kids want to do? I love the Phillips but if I added it to a list that already included the Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery for my kids to visit, I'd have a revolt on my hands. With two kids that age, Georgetown is a must. Take them to Baked and Wired on Thomas Jefferson for cupcakes but be prepared for a line.

A bike tour sounds fun, or a Segway tour. You can also take them boating on the Potomac.

What are the kids' interests? My son has always been fascinated with construction so we took him to the National Building Museum. My daughter loves Shakespeare so I made sure she went to the Folger. DC has something for everyone.
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 08:56 PM
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No mention of the White House tour. I haven't been to DC in many years but Fodors' guide indicates this is still possible with advance reservations. Not on your list because.....?

Do they still have the tram through Arlington National Cemetary? If so take that instead of walking.

Nobody mentioned the Vietnam and Korean War memorials.

Also, recommend Ford's Theatre and basement museum.

Anything On at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts?
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Old Aug 6th, 2014, 06:41 AM
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Too late for a White House tour.
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Old Aug 6th, 2014, 06:56 AM
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Some great suggestions in all the posts.

Baked & Wire is very good. What about Georgetwon Cupcakes - also a line, but they may have heard of that since it gets a fair amount of publicity.

IMDonehere, we're headed to HV tomorrow and will try to get to Storm King this trip.
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Old Aug 6th, 2014, 08:41 AM
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LeslieC, the White House does not take advance reservations. The way it works is, you contact your congressman (or woman) and ask their office to make a reservation for you, specifying desired day and time. Space is very limited, and you must ask well in advance--months in advance--and even then you are not certain of getting a place.

If you get a place, you will be asked to provide full names, addresses and Social Security numbers for every member of your party. On the day, you will queue up, pass through security, and take a short self-guided tour of some of the public rooms. You will not be permitted to bring any bags or purses whatsoever with you.

I think I got most of that right! This is just for the record...

Is anyone still that excited about cupcakes??
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Old Aug 6th, 2014, 09:49 AM
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I didn't read all the responses, so excuse me if this was mentioned, but Teaism is a great stop-in for lunch or a pick-me-up in Penn Quarter, maybe when you're doing the Archives, National Gallery of Art, or the Newseum (which I also highly recommend, even with the admission fee -- it's worth it.). Teaism in Penn Q is on 8th and D NW.

Also, given your proposed itinerary, it's unlikely you'll find yourself in the Shaw neighborhood, but if you think you might, make a reservation at Thai Xing (Florida and 5th NW) -- it's the best Thai in town, BYOB, in a converted rowhouse with a really homey atmosphere. Reservations are basically required -- it's a small place. The menu is set each night, and they do vegetarian twice a week. They bring you more delicious food than you could ever eat in one sitting.

Have fun!
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Old Aug 6th, 2014, 10:05 AM
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My niece suggested B&W to us when we visited her a couple of weeks ago. I think they have other great pastries and brownies but the line at 3 on a Sat afternoon was too long for us.
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Old Aug 6th, 2014, 10:16 AM
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Gosh! I guess people ARE still excited about cupcakes
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Old Aug 6th, 2014, 10:23 AM
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If you get to Storm King, I hope you enjoy it as much we we do.

Sorry what is HV?
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It is plain idiotic to get excited about cupcakes. Now brownies that's a different story. (Insert smiley face.)

I am pastry and bread cuckoo and no pastry is worth more than 10 minutes on a line.
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I would stand in line for 10 minutes for a proper croissant. Longer than that, I can't say.
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