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Old 07-13-2008, 07:15 PM  
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"Can't Miss" Stuff to do in Washington DC (the real one)

I'm on a short business trip in D.C. for the next couple days. I don't have a huge amount of free time to actually get out and see the sights here, but I've never been here before, so I figure I'd better take advantage of it while I can!

So...you've got a total of around 10 hours to burn in D.C. over the course of two evenings and a morning. What do you do?

I'll preface the question with the fact that I managed to make it to the Archives already today, so that one's taken care of. Technically, I've "been through" the National History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, and half of the art gallery. However, those were kind of "glance around" types of trips, so if there are specific exhibits in any of those three that I definitely need to see, those are open for discussion.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:25 PM   #2
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Ten hours? That sucks. You might be able to eat well and that's it.

That said, I had the misfortune of taking my wife to D.C. a couple years ago. It was just after we lost custody of my teenagers after their mother's appeal went well for her. The point is, I didn't feel like doing anything at all but was obligated to take her around since we were in the city for the better part of a day.

If you've not been before, you have to see the monuments - which is what we did. Everything is within walking distance and there's plenty of interesting sites and photo ops. Visit those at a leisurely pace and then come back. I'd imagine you'll take most of your time there.

If you hit the Smithsonian this trip you won't even have time to eat. That's a week by itself, IMO.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:27 PM   #3
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Yeah, that's why I've been kind of popping my head in the doors of the three I mentioned and that's about it. I could easily waste an entire day in the Air and Space Museum alone.

My current thinking is that I'll try to hit one Museum each evening, then walk around to the monuments after all the Museums are closed. I'm pretty set on visiting the Holocaust museum on Wednesday morning, and maybe the spy museum if I have time. The latter costs money, though, so we'll see.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:28 PM   #4
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Been here for a few months, and my favorite trips so far have been Mt. Vernon and NASM @ Dulles. They have shuttles from Dulles to NASM for 50 cents I believe.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:28 PM   #5
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The spy museum sucked.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:30 PM   #6
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The latter costs money, though, so we'll see.
It ALL costs money. But you've already paid admission to most of the monuments.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:31 PM   #7
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The spy museum sucked.
Really? That's too bad. Maybe I'll have to reconsider that one.
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It ALL costs money. But you've already paid admission to most of the monuments.
True.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:33 PM   #9
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:35 PM   #10
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Really? That's too bad. Maybe I'll have to reconsider that one.
It could have been cool, but they pack you in like sardines. It may be better during different hours, but early afternoon on a Thursday was absolutely horrible. It is also rather small, considering pretty much every other museum is free.

The one cool thing of note is the fact that the FBI leases office space in the same building (or so I'm told).
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Did you do NASM in DC, or at Dulles? BIG difference.

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Did you do NASM in DC, or at Dulles? BIG difference.

Standing under the Enola Gay is quite powerful.
In DC. I'll probably have to restrict my activities to the Mall area for this trip.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:47 PM   #13
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In DC. I'll probably have to restrict my activities to the Mall area for this trip.
Naval Memorial @ 7th & Penn is pretty cool. I've been wanting to check out the modern art museum, they are supposed to have some really whacked out exhibits. Just jump on the Circulator, jump off if you see anything interesting.
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Naval Memorial @ 7th & Penn is pretty cool. I've been wanting to check out the modern art museum, they are supposed to have some really whacked out exhibits. Just jump on the Circulator, jump off if you see anything interesting.
Cool...I'll see if I can fit it in.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:50 PM   #15
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Cool...I'll see if I can fit it in.
It's kind of funny, you really can't walk more than a block with out kicking a museum in this town. I walk a block and a half from Union Station to work every day, and pass two museums.
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