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    Washington D.C. trip advice

    Heading to DC(labor day) for a business meeting. I will be in that area for about three days. I will have about a day and a half for sightseeing. For those who have been there.

    1 - Can I drive to the sights or should I shuttle.
    2 - Any areas I should avoid staying in? Is a suburb better or should I stay right in there?
    3 - I will be going to the Mall Area(Washington Monument etc) for sure. What are some other can't miss exhibits to see? I heard that the holocaust exhibit is definitely worth a visit.
    4 - I need a great seafood place with fresh seafood for dinner one night. I am willing to drive to the coast if necessary.
    5 - I will be traveling with my wife so great strip clubs are not needed for this particular trip.



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    Re: Washington D.C. trip advice

    Get a shuttle, and wear some comfy shoes. Go see air and space and the American history museum. You can easily kill of an entire weekend in the Smithsonian alone.

    Natural history is cool also, but I really loved the American history museum.


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    Re: Washington D.C. trip advice

    Public tranpsortation is great in DC, therefore skip the car.

    Try CityZen restaurant. Chef Ziebold is an Ames High grad that I grew up with.
    Fine Dining in Washington DC at CityZen Restaurant

    My brother-in-law lives there and doesn't own a car.


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    Re: Washington D.C. trip advice

    See if there is a Ravens, Orioles, Phillies, Eagles, Nats, etc. game to go to. I know I always look for sporting events.



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    Re: Washington D.C. trip advice

    Quote Originally Posted by CYKID View Post
    Heading to DC(labor day) for a business meeting. I will be in that area for about three days. I will have about a day and a half for sightseeing. For those who have been there.

    1 - Can I drive to the sights or should I shuttle.
    2 - Any areas I should avoid staying in? Is a suburb better or should I stay right in there?
    3 - I will be going to the Mall Area(Washington Monument etc) for sure. What are some other can't miss exhibits to see? I heard that the holocaust exhibit is definitely worth a visit.
    4 - I need a great seafood place with fresh seafood for dinner one night. I am willing to drive to the coast if necessary.
    5 - I will be traveling with my wife so great strip clubs are not needed for this particular trip.
    The Metro (subway) is very easy to use in DC. We have always stayed at a Holiday in Arlington near a Metro stop. Most places can be reached by the metro or by bus. Once you get to the mall area, you can pretty much walk the whole area.

    Some of my favorite places:
    1. The Air and Space Museum....by far my favorite place. I haven't been out to the new museum yet, but the original is great.
    2. The American History Museum
    3. The national archieves
    4. The Capital.....even the regular tours are pretty good.
    5. Ford's Theatre
    6. Walking along the mall---I haven't done this at night, but plan on doing this the next time I am there---and looking at the monuments/memorials.

    Washington is a great city. Most everything is free, so it is a great place to take kids on vacation.



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    Re: Washington D.C. trip advice

    Since you only have three days, I would:

    Spend a minimim of one full day at the Smithsonian

    Visit the Vietnam memorial

    Visit Arlington National Cemetary



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    Re: Washington D.C. trip advice

    Check out the memorials at night

    Don't bother driving... everything is within walking distance, parking space is minimal and you don't want to fight the traffic.

    Only thing that is a ways out is the Jefferson memorial... everythign else can be reached via Metro.

    If you don't like walking, there is always the (kinda expensive) Tourmobile or Old Town Trolleys.

    Tourmobile is the best way to see Arlington I'd say


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    Re: Washington D.C. trip advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Flag Guy View Post
    Check out the memorials at night

    Don't bother driving... everything is within walking distance, parking space is minimal and you don't want to fight the traffic.

    Only thing that is a ways out is the Jefferson memorial... everythign else can be reached via Metro.

    If you don't like walking, there is always the (kinda expensive) Tourmobile or Old Town Trolleys.

    Tourmobile is the best way to see Arlington I'd say
    Definitely see the mall at night...it is an amazing sight to see. I think the best spot at night either the Washington Monument. From the Wash. Monument you can look to the east and see the beautiful capital, look to the west and see the Lincoln Memorial framed by the fountains of the WWII Memorial, to the south and see the Jefferson Memorial with TJ himself staring down at the White House, which sits West of the Washington Monument.



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    Re: Washington D.C. trip advice

    Isn't DC like a top ten most dangerous city in the country?


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    Re: Washington D.C. trip advice

    Quote Originally Posted by LeSchmick View Post
    Isn't DC like a top ten most dangerous city in the country?
    Parts of D.C. are bad but anywhere near the Mall is incredibly safe. The Capitol Hill has its own police unit, and trust me...they are everywhere. The bad parts are once you get a long ways on out central D.C. and especially into VA and Maryland.



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    Re: Washington D.C. trip advice

    The Holocaust Museum is a must see - but keep in mind that it when the tour is done, your mood is not exactly chipper. Plan accordingly.

    While the museums are great, I also really enjoy Arlington Cemetery and the National Cathedral.

    Seeing the monuments along the Mall at night makes for a nice walk-about. I think the WWII monument is especially awesome when lit up under the stars.

    It's common to see one of the military drum/bugle corps performing at night in the Mall area. Not sure where to check the schedule, when there, seems like I've run across the schedules at hotels near the Mall.

    Sees like I've stayed in nearly every hotel in the DC area - but my fav is the what was called Hotel Washington. Looks like it's been remodeled/upgraded since I was there last. You can eat up on the roof and gaze down on the snipers on the White House


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    Re: Washington D.C. trip advice

    Don't wander off the mall and you're fine...

    I think the South side of the mall is safer than the North side...

    There are bad parts of DC but there are also good parts of DC, and if you stay in tourist areas you're fine. I've walked the loop past the Jefferson and through the Rooselvelt memorial back to the Lincoln at night several times and never had any trouble


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    Re: Washington D.C. trip advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Flag Guy View Post
    Check out the memorials at night

    There is nothing better than seeing the WW2 Memorial at Dusk.



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    Re: Washington D.C. trip advice

    Quote Originally Posted by bugs4cy View Post
    It's common to see one of the military drum/bugle corps performing at night in the Mall area. Not sure where to check the schedule, when there, seems like I've run across the schedules at hotels near the Mall.
    I know the marine drum and bugle corps is on break right now. I have a friend in it and he just got back not too long ago.



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