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Things to do in Washington?

Discussion in 'Non Disney Trips and Travels' started by keith, May 6, 2014.

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    There's a huge Microsoft conference in Washington in July that I'm thinking of attending.

    I've been to Washington once before a heck of a long time ago though. Wondering what I should schedule in down time (assuming I get some!)
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    I LOVE Washington! their space museum is good... Love their Shakespeare library! It is amazing place to go!
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    Arlington cemetery is an interesting place to visit. The Segway tours look great.
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    The Smithsonian, Arlington cemetery is amazing, just walking around is great. The obvious like capital hill, the white house, washington and lincoln memorial. Vietnam memorial, cruise the potomac to mount vernon (George Washington's home) etc etc etc Love Washington, take comfy shoes though, there is a LOT of walking
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    I loved Washington when I went in 2011. It was like spending three days walking through a selection of souvenir postcards.

    I loved the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, especially the Udvar Hazy Centre near the airport.
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    There is tons to do in DC and the surrounding areas! The Smithsonian alone is 13 museums. You can go to the Pentagon memorial anytime if day as it is outside.

    I'm less than 100 miles to the south. However I may be safely away in Phoenix and Anaheim when you go lol
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    I love the National Zoo! All the monuments...The Smithsonian museums are great. So much of what DC has to offer is free, too! :)
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    Sounds brilliant! :thumbsup:
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    Can I come :D
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    Julia Child's kitchen, of course.
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    yeah lets all have a meet :D
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    OKAY!!! I've never been! :D :D
    We'll meet outside Julia's Kitchen, and then go for Ethiopian after the tour. :yes:

    When?
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    Air & Space Museum!!!! :mental:
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    Visit Donna & I :)

    There is so much to do in the Washington DC area that it would be impossible to even try to get it all done. There are two Air & Space Museums, one on the mall and one out near Dulles Airport. White House tours are almost impossible any more unfortunately. The Washington Monument gives a great panoramic view, if it has reopened. It was severely damaged during the earthquake a few years back. The metro system, while far from the best, is still a great way to get around the city. They also offer Pentagon Tours. However, I've never done one, and don't know for sure if they are open to international visitors. I do know they are free however.

    Oh, and by the way, there is only ONE monument. LOL:rotfl:
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    Washington is an amazing city, truly. One of my favorite bits about it is that it can all be done relatively inexpensively as so many things are FREE. All of the Smithsonian's are free, the memorials are free - so even if you're working on a limited amount of time, it's worth it to go see a few things because you're not weighing the cost against the amount of time you can spend. Only have 45 minutes to pop in and see the Hope Diamond in the Natural History Museum? Sure! Wanna spend 10 minutes gazing lovingly at Dorothy ruby slippers in the Museum of American History? Go for it!

    The memorials are amazing. The open-air, multi-room FDR Memorial is among my favorites. The WWII also tops the list, as does "The Wall" (Vietnam Memorial). Although the Washington Monument is currently closed for renovations, it is set to re-open in May and offers some of the most breathtaking views of the city.

    Pack a picnic and sit out on "The Mall" - another awe-inspiring spot - and great for people watching and thinking.

    So, so, so much to do!
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    ooo excellent thanks!!!! some great stuff in there.

    Yeah shame about the white house. I did contact the British embassy who didn't want to know (wonder what they actually do there other than have parties).

    I'd love to see the pentagon though
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    Absolutely brilliant, many thanks! :yes:
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    they do actually have rather good parties!! :karoke: and no ferrero rocher in sight :(
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    Oh goodness you must go see Bao Bao at the zoo. She's the baby panda and about the most adorable thing ever.

    Oh and the dinosaur section of the natural history museum is closed until 2019 I think

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