I'll be attending a conference in Arlington, VA late this year. I except to have a few slivers of free time (perhaps as much as a day and half) and would like to find a good way to spend it.
Some years back (during Reagan's first term, if memory serves), I toured the White House, the Capitol, several of the Smithsonian Museums (but would consider visiting them again), and got to the top of the Washingon Monument. Also saw the Lincoln Memorial and watched sheets of $100 bills being printed (Bureau of Engraving and Printing?).
Given that it has been so long, what sights and restaurants should I consider?
I plan on staying at the Residence Inn Arlrington Capital View (using up a few category 4 certificates in the process). The conference is at the Hilton across the street, but I'll stick with Marriott, thank you. The Crystal City Metro station looks to be a modest hike away, but certainly within reach.
This won't be a vacation, but I'd like to include a few fun things along with the necessary business. I have no doubt that MR Insiders will have some great suggestions.
Update to an old post (with additional information for folks who might have similar Qs)..
Some food for thought (that's a pun):
p.s. if you haven't had a chance to visit the newish MLK memorial, it's worth a visit - walking distance from the extraordinarily unique and impressive FDR memorial and the iconic Jefferson memorial (and the paddle boats, a wonderful summer stop)... Some pics here: MLK Monument - Another Washington, DC gem
Copy that ssindc - We'll let you know once the Springtime in DC discussion is back up.
there was a page full of DC tips (see the top of the page, here, Welcome | Marriott Rewards® Insiders) - maybe communitymanager can explain what happened to the page....
Great discussion topic, bejacob!
This year has been a DC year for me as well between professional and personal events, I would have flown into DC almost 5 times in just a few months. One of my favorite restaurants was Citronelle by Michel Richard, unfortunately it closed last summer. However Chef Richard does have another restaurant, Central Michel Richard, that I am dying to try out!
The Postal museum was interesting, also. It is across from the train station, and will only take about 2 hours (or less) to see the entire display.
Just as a note for others, I was able to save a lot of money by staying at the Residence Inn in Baltimore, and taking the train into D.C. This also saved on parking fees, auto expenses, and restaurant tallies, as Baltimore is much cheaper than D.C. This is especially true when you are hosting a large family group.
If you have access to a car during your stay you may want to check out National Harbor. It's a very short drive from your location and there are some interesting shops, restaurants, and other attractions there.
this may be a late response, seeing as you original post was April. I am taking a group of Seattle Seahawks fans to Monday Night Football in October. Beside the football game and tailgating, i compiled a list for people to use their time in DC. Everyone in the group is given a 48-hour hop on/off bus pass. This is a great orientation to the city. I took my kids to see the National Holocaust Memorial about 12 years ago. The interactive nature of the memorial had a huge impact on me and my 13 and 14 year old kids. It doesn't sound like to have more than a day. If you have a car, go out to the Bull Run (Manassas) Battlefield Memorial right after sunrise and before the crowds arrive.