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Discussion in 'Non Disney Trips and Travels' started by AKLnut, Aug 31, 2008.

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    Ill be in washington for a few weeks on business and would like to have a list of interesting and fun places to go and see if I get any personal time? Ive no idea whats there at all so any suggestions welcome
     
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    Washington State or Washington D.C.?
     
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    If it's D.C. there are any number of beatiful museums. (A google search will give you all the pertinent info, location, cost, open hours etc.) Also, there are the historic areas, state monuments ect.

    If it is the State of Washington, much will depend upon where you are going to be. :yes:

    I'm guessing you mean D.C. though. :yes:

    There are some wonderful restaurants, too. Just keep your wits about you. D.C. has a higher crime rate than NYC, so it will be important for you to stay alert at all times. :yes:
     
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    smithsonian museums (they're free to get in)
    lincoln memorial
    vietnam/korean memorial
    Arlington Cemetery
    Holocaust museum
    white house


    make sure you take comfortable shoes as there's a lot of walking to be done
     
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    Air and Space Museum. :D

    Jefferson memorial
     
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    If its Washington D.C then I suggest the air and space museum and the white house.

    When we visited Washington D.C we did a tour of the FBI building. However, I don't know whether you can do this now after the events of 9/11.

    Washington is a very nice place to visit. :p015:
     
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    Lincoln Memorial, too. :yes: There is no shortage of things to do in this Capitol City. :yes:
     
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    I will get to Washington DC one day :sigh;
     
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    The White House is a TOUGH ticket these days. You have to either know someone or get there really early to queue up for the chance to get a ticket. I'll try to find some info tomorrow if I remember and post it here.

    And if you do you have friends who live VERY NEAR by. :hug2:
     
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    IIRC you have to get a letter of introduction from your congressman - not much help for us foreigners!

    There is a tour you can do called "Inside public buildings" which I think takes you close - but when we tried to do this tour they cancelled it as it was the day of the State of the Union address (at least I think that's the excuse they gave!)
     
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    If you want any kind of nightlife then head to Georgetown for all the college bars. :D
     
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    :hug1: Chris and I will get there, we really will :hug1:
     
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    I have dropped a line to the National Park Service regarding White House Tours. The only information I can find on line is that tours can only be booked for groups of 10 or more with bookings made up to 6 months in advance by contacting your congressman or senator, which I realize doesn't do anything for non US citizens. I will post more when I hear back.
     
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    Thanks for doing that, I'd really like to know the answer too
     
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    Ok, here is what I got back from the National Park Service.

    To tour the White House, your friends will need to contact their embassy. Or you could contact your Member of Congress to arrange a White House tour for them. Most offices will combine individuals and families as a group of ten from their office. Be advised that it takes three to six months to arrange a tour of the White House. Since 9/11 happened, everyone must go through a background check and make a White House arrangement through their Member of Congress or embassy.

    The White House Visitor Center is open daily from 7:30 am to 4 pm, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The center features many aspects of the White House, including its architecture, furnishings, first families, social events, and relations with the press and world leaders, as well as a thirty-minute video. Allow between 20 minutes to one hour to explore the exhibits. The White House Historical Association also sponsors a sales area. Please note that restrooms are available, but food service is not.

    Again, thanks for your interest in President's Park!
    Jennifer
     
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    I highly *highly* recommend the FDR Memorial as a "do not miss" attraction...it is truly beautiful and inspiring...allot a fair amount of time to *truly* enjoy it...

    Also, I'd recommend (if you've no fear of heights) a visit inside the Washington Monument...it's reopened once again and is well worth a visit for the views alone. Tickets can be difficult to come by, however you can reserve them here.

    Also (sorry, I love DC) the WWII Memorial is, in a word, amazing. I would also rank it as a "do not miss."

    A few others, depending on your interests...The International Spy Museum, the Treasury,The National Museum of Health and Medicine[/URL] (Jon *really* enjoyed this one, it's at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and it's not for the faint of heart.)
     

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