Washington DC

  • germanguy888

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    Sep 30, 2008 8:09 PM GMT
    hey i'm going to DC this weekend and i'm looking for cool things to do. if you guys have any tips on stuff to do.
  • Hagan_F

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    Sep 30, 2008 9:44 PM GMT
    For some of the things that are "off the beaten path" or non-stereotypical touristy things: The International Spy Museum, The National Holocaust Museum, Ford's Theater and the house across the street are just a few that come to mind. Of course you still have to go to the Mall and see the monuments and memorials, it's a long walk around the basin but the Jefferson Memorial is the best of them all, in my opinion. The National Archives is quite cool. Anything that is part of the National Museums or public buildings are free. Let me know how your trip turned out and what you saw. I love DC!
  • MusicMan87

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    Oct 01, 2008 12:42 AM GMT
    I personally like the National Gallery of Art (I think thats what its called) lots of cool exhibitions there
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    Oct 01, 2008 1:00 AM GMT
    Spy Museum is cool. If you make it out to Dulles, the air'n space museum out there is about the coolest thing on the planet, provided you like airplanes.

    It oughta be cool enough for good walking weather, so try some stuff like checking out the canal, walking around the waterfront in Georgetown, etc.

    The monuments are awesome, but they're especially cool if you're big on history.

    As for bars and stuff, ask and you shall recieve. Somebody on here knows a place for any type of taste you could possibly have.
  • DCEric

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    Oct 01, 2008 2:46 AM GMT
    If you get a chance to do the canal, you might want to stop by Great Falls (Virgina side, because the view to the Maryland side is nicer).

    Don't go to Air and Space downtown. That is what everyone does, so it can easily get crowded. Also the Holocaust Museum, while one of the best, is of course depressing.
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    Oct 01, 2008 3:11 AM GMT
    Cool stuff like what? You are from Delaware. Do you get to DC often? Is this the first time? Will you be back? ....often?

    I ask cuz there are so many things to do and to recommend things depends.

    Ok, the hub of a visit to DC is the Mall...

    You have the monuments: Washington, Lincoln, WWII, Vietnam, Korea, FDR...Jefferson (but it is a bit of center on the Tidal basin), the WH, the Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress

    You have the Smithsonian and it many museums...Am. History, Natural History (green dome, Hope Diamond), Am. Indian, Asia, Africa

    You have art galleries...The National Gallery of Art (white dome...with the only Leonardo da Vinci painting in western hemisphere: Genivera d'Benci), Freer Gallery of Oriental Art (with the Peacock Room), the Asia and Africa museums are full of art and artifacts.

    My favorite bar (smoke-free in DC now) is on Capitol Hill: Remington's ... country-western dance bar.

    Dupont Circle is prolly the biggest gay center in DC with lots of bars within walking distance.

    Just shots in dark without knowing what is "cool" .....hey, I'm old ....oatmeal is cool for me ... icon_eek.gif
  • B71115

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    Oct 01, 2008 3:13 AM GMT
    Man I was in the National Gallery of Art in July for three hours before I even realized how long I had been there. I also agree about the Jefferson Memorial, worth the walk.
    I also recommend walking the Mall at night, all the way from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. Very cool and still plenty of people around.
    My best friend hates history and politics, but for some reason he was fascinated by Ford's Theater. I guess there's something about actually looking at the spot where a president was assassinated so long ago. He also was interested in Dealy Plaza in Dallas.
    Don't forget the Iwo Jima memorial across the river. It's next to Arlington National Cemetery. JFK's grave site and the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown are something to see at the cenetery.
    Basically, you can't go wrong. I was there for five days in July and I couldn't get it all in. Most of it being free is the best part.
    Oh, and if you get bored, walk all the way around the Department of Agriculture building. Holy crap it is huuuuuge. I'm sure it's a bastion of efficient government spending.
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    Oct 01, 2008 3:16 AM GMT
    rent a bike and ride the path along the GW Parkway - including a stop at the end of the runway @ National Airport to watch planes zoom just overhead

    Newseum is cool, but I'm an information junkie. New location is downtown somewhere - I hear it's better than the old one in Rosslyn

    Grab a drink at the bar at the Key Bridge Marriott on the VA side - nice view of downtown

    Check for shows at Wolf Trap, the only national park for the performing arts.

    Great Falls from the VA side. Definitely. Good rock climbing there if you're a climber.

    If the weather's nice, enjoy a shrimp cocktail from Tony & Joe's on the patio at Washington Harbour in Georgetown and look at the really expensive boats parked there.

    If you're a shopper, consider heading to Tyson's Corner, with 2 mega-malls across the street from one another ... many high end shops (like Hermes and Versace) have their only DC area stores at Tyson's II - The Galleria.

    Have fun!
  • Hagan_F

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    Oct 01, 2008 3:26 AM GMT
    Oh yes! I agree with B71115, Arlington Cemetary is a must. The changing of the guard at that Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, at the top of every hour, is quite impressive along with all the sites he mentioned including Robert E. Lee's home at the very top of the hill. If you will be there long enough to drive the 30-45 minutes (depending on traffic and time of day) down to George Washington's home, I would say that it is a must as well!
  • B71115

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    Oct 01, 2008 3:28 AM GMT
    COJock1974 those are some great tips. Now I have to go back!
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    Oct 01, 2008 3:30 AM GMT
    The Newseum is a must, though i havent been to the new location- things to skip are the national holocaust memorial (unless you really want to be bored and depressed at the same time) and the air and space museum (its crowded and not worth it).
    Do try to go the off-site air and space museum, the FDR memorial is awe inspiring on a human scale (and horribly informative), don't miss the national archives (the constitution isnt super interesting, but you'll kick yourself if you dont go)
    The new Capitol building visitors center is supposed to be interesting, though the actual building is now off-limits to most.
    The white house tour is an extremely long wait and not worth it for most(you only see the state floor unless you have a private tour).
    Not sure if Washington Monument's observation deck is open anymore, but its a great view of the city.
    Hit up Arlington cemetery and the 9/11 memorial at the pentagon if you have time too (not exactly exciting moments).
    The major War memorials are all amazing- Vietnam (check out the less known statue nearby) Korea (try to figure out the shape they are making from above) and the WWII memorial. I dont remember a WWI memorial for some reason.

    A tip on driving on the bridges- there are two bridges with horses- if you go onto a bridge with their butts facing you, you are most likely not going where you want to go (these directions dump off into neighborhoods).

    Roosevelt Island is a nice trip too.

    Its a big city, you'll never see everything in a single trip.
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    Oct 01, 2008 3:31 AM GMT
    Hagan_F saidOh yes! I agree with B71115, Arlington Cemetary is a must. The changing of the guard at that Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, at the top of every hour, is quite impressive along with all the sites he mentioned including Robert E. Lee's home at the very top of the hill. If you will be there long enough to drive the 30-45 minutes (depending on traffic and time of day) down to George Washington's home, I would say that it is a must as well!

    Arlington Cemetery is a must???? .... icon_eek.gif

    Roosevelt Island....bird sanctuary???? .... icon_eek.gif

    The Custis-Lee Mansion is ok and near ....Mt Vernon is cool but so much farther away
  • B71115

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    Oct 01, 2008 3:34 AM GMT
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    You have art galleries...The National Gallery of Art (white dome...with the only Leonardo da Vinci painting in western hemisphere: Genivera d'Benci), Freer Gallery of Oriental Art (with the Peacock Room), the Asia and Africa museums are full of art and artifacts.


    I was shocked at how close you can get to the paintings. Even touch them (although I didn't, of course). That is, except for the Da Vinci.
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    Oct 01, 2008 3:36 AM GMT
    MT Vernon is the most boring thing on the planet, but i lived in VA for 5 years, so i was pretty much done with colonial manors by the time i saw it. and Roosevelt Island is one of those things people do in their free time... not really a tourist thing i guess...
    If your religious, there are plenty of great churches to see as well...
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    Oct 01, 2008 3:37 AM GMT
    And if you touch any of those paintings, alarms will go off, believe me...
  • germanguy888

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    Oct 01, 2008 4:46 AM GMT
    thanks all icon_smile.gif i've been to DC before but i love just like doing random things. also looking for clubs maybe. anyone in DC want to meet up?
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    Oct 01, 2008 5:45 AM GMT
    As far as nightlife/clubs, I would recomend Apecs in Dupont circle, just avoid Saturday nights(liquid ladies), unless you like to be around hundreds of lesbians of every genre...I have had ALOT of fun there...odd experince, but fun icon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_lol.gif...there are alot of bars/cocktail lounges of all types(walking distance, in and or around dupont circle), there were some (strip clubs) on the s-east side of the city and Club Nations(velvet nations, on Saturdays...HOT guys) but sadly it is now no moreicon_cry.gif....I have been very busy so I dont know whats new as far as clubs are concerned....try washingtonblade.com and go to nightlife for more info..have fun, and remember...play safe!!...cheers!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 01, 2008 5:57 AM GMT
    ohh wait, your 19 icon_eek.gif.....hmmm, things have gotten a little more conservative, and laws are alot more strict, so I am not sure if you will be allowed in those places icon_rolleyes.gif....probably better if you go to some of the coffee shops, like soho's, wich is close to Omega, Apecs, and the fire place(sugar daddies), so if you hangout at soho's you will not only meet some of the artsy croud, but alot of the buzzed inhabitants of the places mentioned above after words...just some word of advice...DONT leave your drink(soda, coffee etc) unattendedicon_wink.gif
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    Oct 01, 2008 7:16 PM GMT
    Try Nellie's on U St (Metro Green Line - U St / Cardozo Station) sports bar! Loved it!!
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    Oct 01, 2008 7:24 PM GMT
    It's been 10 years since I've lived in DC, but the Holocaust museum moved me the last time I went.

    If you haven't visited the Smithsonian in a while, the new American Indian museum is interesting -- and has surprisingly good food in its cafeteria.

    I've never been disappointed by a visit to the National Cathedral either.
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    Oct 01, 2008 7:31 PM GMT
    AIDS Walk Washington is also this weekend on Saturday morning, so I'll be down there as well. My team raised over $2,000, so I'm pretty happy. If you are up early enough, you can come down and support the walk.

    Museum-wise, I like the Hirshhorn, but I'm taking a friend of mine to the Spy Museum after the walk...we might hit up both.

    DC is great! Enjoy your visit!