Springtime in Washington, DC
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What Are Your Top 5 Local Tips?
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From: ssindc Mar 20, 2014 3:04 PM
Do your homework first, and see all of the major sites (or, in other words, visit often).... Then - seriously - five (only 5?!?!? It's Washington DC!?!?!?) less obvious stops include:
From mshapiro99 Mar 20, 2014 5:15 PM
There is a lot of hidden charm in the city ...
1) Visit DuPont Circle and enjoy strolling in the leafy neighborhoods nearby
2) The Newseum on Constitution Avenue is well worth a few hours visit
3) The Franklin Roosevelt Memorial is near the Jefferson Memorial and Martin Luther King Memorial, near the Tidal Basin -- all three represent a beautiful walk and way to immerse yourself in the history of our country
4) The Museum of American History takes you on a tour of American culture
5) Penn Quarter/Chinatown offers lots of ethnic cuisine to choose from
From engineergirl Mar 20, 2014 7:07 PM
DC is one of my favorite places, which is lucky, since I travel there for business a lot. Top of any list for DC are the monuments, museums and notable government sites.
From jerrycoin Mar 20, 2014 11:26 PM
Here's my "Top Five",
From insidenji Mar 21, 2014 11:54 AM
Washington DC is truly my most favorite city in the world. I love walking cities and history so I'm in heaven when in DC. It's hard to narrow down my top 5 but here goes.
I agree with all the favorites other people have posted. I LOVE WASHINGTON DC!!
From nuhusker Mar 21, 2014 6:33 PM
Most everybody on the MI message board knows my must visit spots...again and again and again. But I'd sure like to add one that many folks aren't aware of. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Located at E and 5th st, very close to the Judiciary Square metro.
From the_travels Mar 24, 2014 3:38 PM
There is some great advise listed above, so as a licensed guide of Washington DC, I should be able to give some more recommendations without duplicating what has already been said.
From pluto77 Mar 24, 2014 7:34 PM
I too LOVE WDC. This post was a superb idea as I have learned some great stuff from all of the posts so far (and well, not so great stuff too, like the closing of the Old Post Office Tower - bummer, but good to know), and am sure I'll learn more.
I am not an expert on the district and still have many places to yet see for the first time, but I'll share my fondest treasures thus far:
From missgee Mar 27, 2014 2:26 PM
From jakeal Mar 28, 2014 9:01 AM
According to CNN, the Washington Monument is scheduled to open back up this Spring:
From anadyr Mar 31, 2014 1:40 AM
Well I guess my tastes and access are different than most folks but here goes:
Check the calendar before going! Make sure the cherry blossoms are blooming, their season varies. Allow at least a week to explore all the sites. There is a lot to see and do. I had the best trip in March of 2009. The past 2 years I have missed the blooming when I went in March.
1. If you are not staying downtown, use Metro rather than trying to park anywhere near The Mall.
2. Stay at the Key Bridge Marriott and get one of the best views of DC, Metro is a short walk from the hotel and you can walk across Key Bridge into Georgetown.
3. Be sure to try one (or more) of our many wonderful Vietnamese restaurants.
4. The U. S. Holocaust Museum is an amazing experience. Get in line by 9:00 AM for your free tickets. If you don't get there early you'll be lucky if you only have to wait two hours to get into the main exhibit. If you plan way in advance you can get reserved tickets at the museum's web site for $1 each or you can get free tickets, in advance, by contacting your Congressional representative.
5. The Udvar-Hazy Center, near Dulles Airport, has an amazing collection of airplanes and space memorabilia, including the prototype space shuttle
1. Cherry blossoms = crowds. If you are coming to the DC area for the cherry blossoms, come prepared for crowds around the title basin. Take one of the tour buses down or metro. It is a rough go for a car down there. The blossoms are lovely. Best bet: Get out and walk the area.
2. Timing. The blossoms are not a required element to enjoy DC during the spring. Drive the mall at night. The monuments are lit, as are many of the historic buildings. And the crowds are dispersed. (Do not walk capital hill at night).
3. Find a Performance. From the road companies of the top broadway shows to a thriving local music scene and everything in between, DC has a vibrant arts scene. Coordinate your stay with the performance or your choosing.
4. Cross the River! Across the Potomac is VA. Old town Alexandria offers historic charm and lovely shops. The Torpedo Factory is a former wartime munitions factory that has been turned into an artists' colony. The artists are in residence and open to discussing their work... And they will sell it to you! there are several great restaurants in Old Town... Many are homegrown and very tasty. George Washington's Mount Vernon estate is a short drive down a picturesque parkway. 45 minutes west and you are in Loudoun County.... And shhh don't tell anybody but there are LOTS of wineries, a craft brewery or two or three, and distillery! Reston limousine offers wine tours most weekends.
5. While you are in VA, check out the horsey lifestyle. There are horse shows, polo matches and dog shows In and around Middleburg, VA.
Drive to Chevy Chase and see the cherry blossoms in the Kenwood neighborhood, in Maryland..
Spend a day at the U.S. Holocaust Museum.
Visit Skyline Drive. It's only 2 hours from DC.
See Great Falls from the VA side, especially after heavy rains.
Take a hike along the C&O Canal.
Stay at Residence Rosslyn and take Metro to DC. Recommend (within walking distance) Guajillo, Red Hot and Blue and Publix. Walk from Residence to Theodore Roosevelt Island - longer walk but very doable.
Take quick car ride from Residence (5 min) to Quarterdeck in Arlington for the best blue crabs we've ever had! Everything we tried there was excellent. May need reservations. C