"Top 10" for trip to D.C.

Old Apr 12th, 2005, 04:48 AM
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"Top 10" for trip to D.C.

Leaving in 2 days to go to D.C. Will have 2 full days to sightsee. Would appreciate anyone's opinion on what not to miss.
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Old Apr 12th, 2005, 04:58 AM
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American History Museum
Natural History Museum
Vietnam Memorial
Korean War Memorial
Lincoln Monument
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3D IMAX show at Air & Space Museum
Lunch at Chinatown Express in Chinatown
Holocaust Museum (If no young children)
The Mall for a nice walk

In no particular order! Enjoy your trip
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Old Apr 12th, 2005, 05:19 AM
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FDR Memorial
National Cathedral
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Old Apr 12th, 2005, 05:22 AM
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Natural History Museum
new National Museum of the American Indian
Walk on the Mall from Capital to Lincoln Memorial
FDR Memorial
Dupont/Adams Morgan
Holocaust Museum
Georgetown waterfront
Drive/walk along Embassy Row
walk around tidal basin/Jefferson Memorial

The weather is going to be great here, enjoy your visit!
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Old Apr 12th, 2005, 06:05 AM
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FDR memorial
Arlington cemetary
Jefferson memorial
Walk around the tidal basin
American history museum
All the war memorials near Lincoln memorial
US capitol
Georgetown waterfront/ C&O towpath
 
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Take good walking shoes, DJ!

Visiting the Mall took two days for us. Distances are deceptive.

Try to fit in the Botanical Gardens at the top of the Mall, near the Capitol, and the National Gallery of Art, just about at the center.

Find a way to have dinner at the Brickskeller in Dupont Circle! The foods are pub grub, but they have the largest beer menu in the world, as certified by The Guinness Book Of World Records, and two juke boxes that are legendary. Sheer fun.
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Old Apr 12th, 2005, 06:11 AM
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I grew up near D.C. and just last year took my first bus tour. It was fun and well-done and you can see much in one day as you can get off at one spot and pick up another for one fee paid at the start. I do suggest it!
The Vietnam Memorial and the WWII Memorial are awesome. Do NOT miss the Lincoln Memorial - & Arlington to see JFK's gravesite...pretty inspirational.
A Happy Hour suggestion - the Sky Terrace atop the Hotel Washington. GREAT VIEW!!!
 
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The Air and Space Museum
The Washington Monument
The Vietnam Memorial
The Korean War Memorial
The World War Two Memorial
The American History Museum
The Natural History Museum
The National Zoo
Mount Vernon
Lauriol Plaza off Dupont Circle to eat
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Old Apr 12th, 2005, 10:31 AM
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Noone has mentioned the LOC yet - the Library of Congress. I went twice in two days during my trip to DC last summer.

Wonderful history, architecture, interesting exhibits, etc. Easily combined with the Capitol tour and Botanical gardens.

Arlington Cemetery tourmobile also enjoyable, but crowded.

I posted a trip report in October, it reads a bit 'valley girl', but has the sights I found worthwhile. (not sure what I was thinking when I wrote it!)
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Old Apr 12th, 2005, 10:55 AM
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Don't miss the Spy Museum!

And never, never visit DC without seeing the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
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Old Apr 12th, 2005, 11:36 AM
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If you need a break from the big sights, and enjoy historic homes/architecture, I'd recommend Woodrow Wilson's house. It's near DuPont Circle, which would be a great place for shopping and eating (or more walking around looking at beautiful architecture).
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Old Apr 12th, 2005, 11:58 AM
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Postal Museum
National Building Museum
Folger Shakespeare Library
Dumbarton Oaks
Tudor Place
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Look into the nighttime 2 hr. bus tours of DC - save your feet & enjoy the monuments at night. Particularly good if you get in the late afternoon - or you CAN drive around the mall at night - the ONLY time I would recommend a tourist drive in DC, M-F. Enjoy the peak of the cherry blossoms - go EARLY before the mobs.
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Old Jun 10th, 2005, 07:37 PM
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ttt for recent post asking for DC info
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1. Lincoln Memorial, day or night.
2. Jefferson Memorial, night
3. Vietnam Wall
4. Spy Museum
5. National History Museum
6. National Gallery of Art
7. Library of Congress
8. Botanical Garden
9. Declaration of Independence, can't remember where it is, Commerce Bldg?.
10. Mt. Vernon
11. Air & Space/IMAX theatre
12. The Falls in Potamac, can't remember the name.
13. Georgetown!!! and the National Cathedral!!! and the B&O CAnal!!!
14. Baltimore...
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Old Jun 11th, 2005, 08:46 AM
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I'll second the recommendation to never visit DC without seeing the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery. While you are there, it is also worth seeing JFK and Jackie O's graves. The eternal flame that burns there can be seen from all over the city at night.

Smithsonians:
Air & Space
American History

Do a tour of the monuments at night.


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Old Jun 11th, 2005, 12:53 PM
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In addition to all those wonderful suggestions, I'd add the National Portrait Gallery.
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Old Jun 11th, 2005, 02:40 PM
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The view from the top of the old post office tower is great, and a cool place to be on a hot day.
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Old Jun 11th, 2005, 04:59 PM
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Don't miss the Lincoln Memorial. Take your time.
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I'm not listing 10 but the number 1 site is:

Mount Vernon, George Washington's home

This place is extremely enjoyable to walk around and it is a gorgeous place on the banks of the Potomac only about 10 miles south of D.C.
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