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TimShood 10-11-2010 10:49 AM

Trip to DC
Planning a trip to see all there is to see in DC.

What do you locals recommend I put on the itinerary?

Any ideas help, I've never been!

Dichotmist 10-14-2010 12:56 PM

How long are you planning on being in DC? You will never see everything in one week. So for the first time visit, I would spend most of your time at the mall (Not the shopping kind either). The museums, the monuments, capitol building and the white house are all located near there. That will take you a few weeks to see everything. ;)

onelow1ton 10-17-2010 11:57 PM

x 2 ^^^^^^

mbj 10-19-2010 08:21 AM

yeah first time in would recommend the mall as well. You'll get the most bang for the buck if you will for short stays.

TimShood 10-20-2010 10:21 AM


Originally Posted by mbj (Post 28127)
yeah first time in would recommend the mall as well. You'll get the most bang for the buck if you will for short stays.

Funny story... my daughter heard the word mall and got extremely excited. We had to explain what is was to her.

Anyway, we will be there for about 8 days. Hopefully I can put the trip together in such a way that we will get to experience as much as possible.

mbj 10-20-2010 04:52 PM

you should be able to do a lot in 8 days. Not sure the ages of the kids, but for adults and older kids the Holocaust Museum is a sobering but worthwhile experience

I'm also a fan of the National Zoo ... especially on a nice day.

mbj 10-20-2010 04:54 PM

oh and I personally think that Arlington National Cemetary is a must see

Pandora06 10-29-2010 10:49 AM


Originally Posted by mbj (Post 29024)
you should be able to do a lot in 8 days. Not sure the ages of the kids, but for adults and older kids the Holocaust Museum is a sobering but worthwhile experience

I'm also a fan of the National Zoo ... especially on a nice day.

I've been to a Holocaust museum before and it was exactly that, humbling.

GatorDude 11-03-2010 10:13 PM

It's been five years since I last lived in DC, but there are some interesting things to do. If you can plan some things in advance, you might check out:

USMC Silent Drill Team

You might also see about visiting your congressman and scoring Whitehouse tickets or a whatever they have to give constituents. You could search for military band concerts as well. They are always worthwhile. Sometimes there are concerts at the Iwo Jima Memorial. Mt. Vernon is always worth a visit. The Smithsonian Air and Space Annex out near Dulles is also very worthwhile.

Udvar Hazy Center

tam 11-04-2010 12:59 AM

regarding your trip to D.C.
great that you are giving thought. lived there 24 years. kinda disagree with other folks.
seen so many kids on trips dragged through mall.
depends on age. o.k. Lincoln Memorial AT NIGHT.
Neighborhoods. Capitol Hill. Eastern Market, not on Monday when it is closed. Adams Morgan. The sculpture garden and
outdoor skating. Indian Art. Library of Congress. Dunbarton Oaks in Georgetown.
Outdoor concerts near the Capital every Tuesday? night.

tam 11-04-2010 01:02 AM

waco teacher
by the way, we are from Groesbeck, have fun.

ReconJack 11-22-2010 11:35 PM

One cool place that I don't think people know about/ take advantage of is the National Arboretum. That would depend on the timing of your visit though.

GatorDude 11-23-2010 08:44 AM

The big secret about D.C.--Baltimore is a lot more fun. You can drive to Baltimore watch an Orioles game, eat crabcakes in the ballpark, go to the nearby inner harbor, take a harbor cruise, get a water taxi pass, and get to most everything worthwhile. They've got an aquarium. They've got ships to tour. They've got bars and clubs with character. They've got historic fortresses. Just pay your money and park someplace decent and safe because you don't EVER want to get lost in downtown Baltimore. :eek: Hence, the water taxis. :cool:

climateboy 12-02-2010 01:03 PM

Take a day trip to a Civil War site--Harper's Ferry, Antietam, the Shenandoah Valley. There is great hiking close by.

patd 12-04-2010 11:50 AM

Ive got one free day in DC coming up in the beginning of January...whats good to hit? I've been to the mall, so looking for something different.

BrentIndeed 12-07-2010 02:26 PM

Different is the Trapeze school down by the river. I went and it was quite the experience:
TSNY Washington DC - Welcome

Jersh 12-07-2010 06:05 PM

If you're wanting to see a lot of the major sites in DC in a short amount of time, I'd recommend one of the open-top tour buses... We lived in DC for couple years and did the bus tour a few times with family/friends that were visiting and only had a short time to fit in as much as possible.

tenfeathers 12-07-2010 06:44 PM

See everything you can it's free

Jaguar10301 12-08-2010 01:12 PM

Figure out which museums interest you, choose what you really want to see as you can't see them all, American History, Natural History, Air and Space are my favorites. Do the mall and all the monuments of course, if you like agood nightlife, you can always go out in Dupont, Chinatown, adams morgan...

If you want a tour of the Capital get it through your reps, Senators are better than Congressman, the public tours are lame.

BottleBombs 12-28-2010 06:18 PM

The Spy Museum is pretty cool, but it pricey.

I definitely agree that the National Mall is AWESOME, but if you're coming with kids it all depends on their interests/ages. I always loved all that stuff when I was a kid, but I've seen a ton of kids bored outta their minds during trips with schools and family.

Old Town Alexandria is really cool. There's plenty of shopping and good restaurants.

Motorradmark 12-30-2010 07:34 PM

Depending on the time of year, there is tons to do and see.

Around may thru sept, the marine barrAcks 8th and I Friday evening parade is a sight to see. They alsomdoman evening sunset parade on tues, I think, at the iwo jima marine monument, near Arlington cemetery.

Any time, the smithsonian is great and can be tailored to your interest.

Ride the metro to get around.


mrmurdoc34 01-03-2011 06:22 PM

Are you going to have a rental car? If so Drive down to Manassas and see the battle field also from there you can hop on down to fredericksburg and see that battle field as well. Downtown fredericksburg is a cool place to spend a day. Lots of shops and lots of history down there as well.

Air and space, natural History, American History, American Indian, Washington, WWII, Viet Nam, Lincoln, Jefferson, and all the others. Go take a tour of the white house. Lived here 8 years make a trip up there a few times a year and still haven't seen it all.

TSR 01-05-2011 02:49 PM

What kind of stuff are you looking for? There are always the monuments, Eastern Market is awesome but since it is cold you will only get the indoor stuff (food), but even that is awesome. There is National Harbor in Virgina (just outside of DC) that has the awakening, super cool to see. My favorite spots are the botanical garden... GORGEOUS... and the Einstein Statue!

Whatever you do, don't go to and ask about things to see/do, but definitely search since the question has been asked a million times over.

It is easier to narrow down if I knew what kind of experience you were looking for.

JTBabinski 01-18-2011 07:46 PM

Mount Vernon is our family's favorite spot in the area. We also enjoy getting out to Gettysburg, Harper's Ferry, etc. Hit the mall, of course if you've never been here. choose one or two museums, but kids don't hold up well past one or two...

Get with your state congressional office to get tickets for the Capitol and the White House.

You can stop and see the capitol on your own, but it goes faster/smoother with tickets and a guide..

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