Weekend getaway to DC

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    Oct 05, 2011 2:59 PM GMT
    This holiday weekend--Sat throughout Tuesday--I'm going to be visiting DC for the first time and wanted to get some opinions on things to do. I've already looked through the past threads on here about the same topic, but they're from '07 and '08, so I was hoping for a current status check.

    The weather is supposed to be really great, which is a nice break from the rain in the NYC metro area. I definitely will be seeing the monuments and museums on the Mall. Which museums are free? Are there any festivals going on this weekend with the holiday on Monday/will everything be closed because of the holiday?

    I'm staying in the middle of Dupont and Logan Circles, on RI Ave. by 15th. Are there any good/famous/favorite eateries for breakfast/lunch/dinner?

    As for going out to the gay bars, I'd be happiest in a dive bar, but will probably go dancing one night. I found a website that lists some of the places, but it also says a bunch are closed? Have more closed since the previous threads on here?

    Thanks!
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    Oct 05, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    All of the Smithsonians are free and conveniently located on the Mall. They're pretty large, so you may want to focus in on the one(s) that interest you most. There's American History, Natural History, Air and Space, Nat'l Gallery of Art (East and West Wings - Modern and Classical). The Mall also houses the Washington, WWII, Vietnam, Korea, and Lincoln memorials. Some of them are a bit of a hike away; wear comfy shoes. Some of the neighborhoods are fun to stroll through, such as Georgetown and the waterfront (all free unless you visit the stores and boutiques). If you can make it out, Arlington Cemetery may be of interest with the Kennedy grave sight and the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. If you don't mind paying for a ticket, the Newseum is fantastic! It's just a few blocks off the Mall, pretty easy to find. There's plenty to do to keep yourself entertained. It's just a matter of narrowing down what you would like to do.
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    Oct 05, 2011 7:05 PM GMT
    Sounds awesome! Great, thanks! Are there places to rent bikes? I'd imagine that'd make getting around easier; is the city bike friendly?
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    Oct 05, 2011 7:34 PM GMT
    DC has a really convenient bike share that has a location right near where you're staying. It's at 14th and Rhode Island. You can pick up a bike and drop it off at tons of locations around town. Super easy.

    Lots of great restaurants near where you're staying too. I'd recommend Birch and Barley, El Central, Vinoteca and Marvin for dinner. Masa 14 has a really good tapas brunch or for more standard food you could go to Logan Tavern. All are within easy walking distance of you. For a great hole in the wall/speakeasy bar, try to get reservations at the Gibson. There's no sign and it can be tricky to find but great cocktails. If you want to venture out more, get BBQ at Hill Country or Capital Q in Chinatown.
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    Oct 05, 2011 7:44 PM GMT
    There are so many good places to see. See as many of the museums during the day. I used to live and work in DC, go tour the Capitol Building, it is my favorite place in DC. I worked there and when I would walk through to do things, I was always amazed.

    You are staying in a good area. 17th Street has some fun bars. Quick easy places to eat would be Potbelly's, Chipotle's, there are a ton of good places in the Dupont area. Nellie's is a fun sports bar, The Duplex Diner is a great spot, JR's is an ok gay bar, but explore and check it out.

    You can see the monuments at night, they actually look really cool. I recommend seeing the Korean War Memorial at night, it's eery at night.

    Enjoy your trip, give us a report when you come back! icon_smile.gif

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    Oct 05, 2011 7:44 PM GMT
    Try the Capital Bikeshare to rent a bike. You can join for a day. I think its only $5. Check out the website.

    http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/

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    Oct 05, 2011 8:20 PM GMT
    The bike share works, but I asked about it once, and I think you have to purchase a membership to rent a bike. The membership is in the ballpark of $24, I think. The metro (subway) is really convenient and easy to navigate. Most places you visit will tell you which stop they're closest to. The trains even offer 1 or 3 day passes that provide unlimited rides and are quite economical.

    I forgot to mention that if you're in the mood for a relaxing Sunday morning, the Eastern Market area has a lot of little brunch places and there's a cute little flea market and farmer's market that has some fun stuff and fresh produce and rather reasonable prices (usually). It might be a break from fast-paced sight-seeing.

    Enjoy your visit to this lovely city! And you're right, the weather should be gorgeous; you shouldn't need anything other than a light jacket or sweater. It's been absolutely idyllic here the last two days!
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    Oct 05, 2011 11:49 PM GMT
    If you're going out dancing, Apex is closed. I believe it closed during the 4th of July weekend. I heard good things about Town, though I've never been.

    I don't have anything to add to the great suggestions for memorials and sights to see. A lot of good advice from the previous posters.
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    Oct 05, 2011 11:54 PM GMT
    Feel free to PM me. I live in Boston now (temporarily) but am from DC.

    I will be in DC also this weekend! So excited to come back home to visit!!

    I know all the spots and if you tell me what kind of places you like I can give you some good ideas!
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    Oct 06, 2011 12:10 AM GMT
    Thanks all for all the suggestions! I'm really amped for the visit. I checked out the bike share and it seems really cool and super convenient; I'll definitely give it a try.

    Thanks again for everything!