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Visiting DC this summer. Travel advice needed.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Ajidica, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. schlaufuchs

    schlaufuchs La Femme Moderne

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    I liked the Baltimore Aquarium, it was nice. I just wish I could see more of it; I had to rush through half of it because a ginormous school group was going through at the same time as were.

    Have you been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium? I friggen love that place.
     
  2. jtb1127

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    Lillefix already responded
     
  3. jtb1127

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    If you want DC unique restaurants then go to the world famous Georgetown cupcake. As seen on a dozen food network programs.
     
  4. Joecoolyo

    Joecoolyo 99% Lightspeed

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    How long are you planning on staying in the city? I went last year, and well, D.C. is a very, very, big place without a car...

    We walked to every place we visited, which usually meant we could only visit one site every day. Which meant we missed a bunch of cool stuff like the Washington Monument, a bunch of museums, the mint, etc.

    Then again that might be influenced by the fact that I have a large family to schlepp around, and that we didn't stay anywhere near the mall. So, take this warning for whatever its worth :dunno:
     
  5. Ajidica

    Ajidica High Quality Person

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    I think I'll be there for a couple days, definately less then 5 days.
     
  6. admiral-bell

    admiral-bell Chronic Lurker

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    I spent tow hours at Arlington on my last trip to DC. It's the part I remember most. Definitely worth at least on visit.
     
  7. Ajidica

    Ajidica High Quality Person

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    Anything to see in Arlington besides the cemetary that is worth crossing half the country to see?
     
  8. amadeus

    amadeus Large Marge sent me

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    I suppose you could go to the mall there. :p
     
  9. Karalysia

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    The freaking changing of the guard dude.
     
  10. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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  11. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    The reason I'm really bothered by it, was that we only had one our left for the Smithsonian museum. If you have the time, of course you should go, but if you have to choose between Smithsonian and Arlington, then Arlington wouldn't be my first priority. And believe me, we spent half the day there. That's WAY too much.
     
  12. Neonanocyborgasm

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    The usual sights are in central DC, the area immediately around the National Mall. There are also some sights in Virginia, like Mount Vernon. All of it is readily accessible by Metro. Avoid SE and NE DC, generally. They are the poor and crime-ridden areas. If you want to go out, there are many options. The more favored options are, again, in central DC and NW DC. In NW DC in particular, the neighborhoods of Adams Morgan, DuPont Circle, Cleveland Park, and Tenleytown are good. Also, the area around U St NW, near Howard University, is a good place to go out. There is a small time theater there called Constellation Theater that I've frequented that gives nice productions. Also plenty of restaurants and bars there. And of course, Virginia has plenty of places to go out to in Alexandria, Arlington, and others.
     
  13. jtb1127

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    The Pentagon has tours and you can see a memorial where the airplane hit.
    And it's a few minute metro ride from the National Mall to Rosslyn so it's not really far. Also the world's longest escalator is at the Rosslyn metro station.

    Yeah, Pentagon city and Ballston are always fun (I don't seriously recommend this but if you need something to do)

    This too. Quite interesting-you should do this most of all.
     
  14. jtb1127

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    I don't think you should drive. Traffic is kind of bad. You should take the metro instead.
     
  15. amadeus

    amadeus Large Marge sent me

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    I liked Ballston. I Love Thai is pretty good down in the food court. I've been to D.C. so many times (not in the past couple years though) that I exhausted a lot of the museum tours, etc. that I'd be interested in.

    I had enough time to find out what was at Franconia-Springfield. Springfield Mall is nice. :lol:
     
  16. jtb1127

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    I haven't been to I Love Thai even though I go that mall quite a bit
     

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