Washington DC To Do List!

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    Jul 07, 2014 2:02 PM GMT
    Hello! My name is miko369 and I'm in the Washington DC area for the summer. I am not sure what kind of things to do here in the nation's capitol, but I would appreciate any kind of suggestions on what to do other than national monuments and museums! If you all can suggest things to do, that'd be great! icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 07, 2014 3:22 PM GMT
    National Gallery of Art
    Arlington Cemetery
    Walk around the Adam-Morgan Neighborhood
    Eat ramen noodle at Toki Underground
  • DCEric

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    Jul 07, 2014 5:41 PM GMT
    Smithsonian
    If you have a car, head to Annapolis and walk around.
    Hike Great Falls.
    There are regularly festivals throughout the area, find one of interest.
    If you like art films, check out the AFI theater in Silver Spring.
    Old Town Alexandria
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    Jul 07, 2014 6:16 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidNational Gallery of Art
    Arlington Cemetery
    Walk around the Adam-Morgan Neighborhood
    Eat ramen noodle at Toki Underground


    I've really wanted to try Toki Underground, I think I'll make an excursion over there soon!

    What exactly is there to do at the Arlington Cemetery? icon_surprised.gif
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    Jul 07, 2014 6:17 PM GMT
    DCEric saidSmithsonian
    If you have a car, head to Annapolis and walk around.
    Hike Great Falls.
    There are regularly festivals throughout the area, find one of interest.
    If you like art films, check out the AFI theater in Silver Spring.
    Old Town Alexandria


    Unfortunately, I don't have a car, but I'll definitely make a note about hiking Great Falls! What's in old Town Alexandria?
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    Jul 07, 2014 7:08 PM GMT
    Go to the POV Rooftop lounge at the W Hotel at 515 15th street. It overlooks the Whitehouse and you might get a chance to see Marine One takeoff or land while you're having some tapas or sipping on a cocktail.

    Other than that and the museums and monuments, I recommend exploring Georgetown as well as Dupont Circle. Lots of interesting restaurants and shops.
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    Jul 07, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
    Holocaust Museum
    National Botanical Gardens
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    Jul 07, 2014 8:08 PM GMT
    Go to the mint or whatever it is where they print money, assuming that they still have tours; they did when I was a kid.
  • buddycat

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    Jul 07, 2014 10:48 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidGo to the mint or whatever it is where they print money, assuming that they still have tours; they did when I was a kid.


    There is or never was a mint in DC. There is a coin and paper money exhibit in the Smithsonian that houses very rare coins. Currently there are mints in Philadelphia (no mint mark or on some coins a "P" mint mark), San Francisco ("S" mint mark) and Denver ("D" mint mark). There were also mints in New Orleans ("O" mint mark) and Carson City, NV ("CC" mint mark). Philadelphia is the oldest mint and some of the earliest coin series were only minted there. I guess if I was going to DC I would check out that exhibit in the Smithsonian.

    Do you mean the Federal Reserve?
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    Jul 07, 2014 11:18 PM GMT
    Miko369 said
    woodsmen saidNational Gallery of Art
    Arlington Cemetery
    Walk around the Adam-Morgan Neighborhood
    Eat ramen noodle at Toki Underground


    I've really wanted to try Toki Underground, I think I'll make an excursion over there soon!

    What exactly is there to do at the Arlington Cemetery? icon_surprised.gif
    Visit the JFK Memorial. It is powerful.
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    Jul 08, 2014 12:55 AM GMT
    Check out Meridian Hill Park - it is a hidden gem. Reminds me of a mini central park =)
  • UVaRob9

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    Jul 08, 2014 2:45 AM GMT
    Also, check out Roosevelt Island. It's got a nice little nature trail and the national memorial with a giant statue of Teddy Roosevelt (my BF thought it was very Soviet in design and pose) has some inspiring messages.
  • GWriter

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    Jul 08, 2014 3:25 AM GMT
    The Zoo is a fun afternoon, and since it is part of the Smithsonian, it's free! (Unfortunately, you missed "Gay Day" in May - cue the otters and bears jokes.)
    I agree about Meridian Hill Park. Also, Great Falls - both the Maryland and Virginia sides are worth seeing. Dumbarton Oaks park is another little hidden gem.
    National Harbor has a giant ferris wheel with a great view. Metro to Alexandria and take a boat ride.
    Be sure to walk around the popular spots, worth visiting at least once: Georgetown, Adams Morgan, Eastern Market, U Street, etc.
    Do you know where you are staying?
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    Jul 08, 2014 2:11 PM GMT
    I forgot to mention in the first part of the thread, but I'm currently in the Dupont Circle/Logan area during my stay here! I heard that U street has a lot of activities to do as well!
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    Jul 08, 2014 2:15 PM GMT
    Sashaman saidGo to the POV Rooftop lounge at the W Hotel at 515 15th street. It overlooks the Whitehouse and you might get a chance to see Marine One takeoff or land while you're having some tapas or sipping on a cocktail.

    Other than that and the museums and monuments, I recommend exploring Georgetown as well as Dupont Circle. Lots of interesting restaurants and shops.


    wow I didn't know there was a hotel tall enough to overlook the White House! Thanks for the tidbit icon_smile.gif

    I've partied in Dupont already and lemme tell you, it has definitely left a mark on me that I can't forget LOL
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    Jul 08, 2014 2:16 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidHolocaust Museum
    National Botanical Gardens


    I heard that the Holocaust museum is something you have to prepare in advance because it is guaranteed to make you feel terrible for the rest of the day haha

    I've been trying to find people to go to the botanical gardens with me, but alas, I am the lone ranger in my life haha
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    Jul 08, 2014 2:18 PM GMT
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    Miko369 said
    woodsmen saidNational Gallery of Art
    Arlington Cemetery
    Walk around the Adam-Morgan Neighborhood
    Eat ramen noodle at Toki Underground


    I've really wanted to try Toki Underground, I think I'll make an excursion over there soon!

    What exactly is there to do at the Arlington Cemetery? icon_surprised.gif
    Visit the JFK Memorial. It is powerful.


    how far away is the JFK memorial? I've heard about the Kennedy Center and was thinking of attending a concert there!
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    Jul 08, 2014 3:47 PM GMT
    buddycat said
    Lumpyoatmeal saidGo to the mint or whatever it is where they print money, assuming that they still have tours; they did when I was a kid.


    There is or never was a mint in DC. There is a coin and paper money exhibit in the Smithsonian that houses very rare coins. Currently there are mints in Philadelphia (no mint mark or on some coins a "P" mint mark), San Francisco ("S" mint mark) and Denver ("D" mint mark). There were also mints in New Orleans ("O" mint mark) and Carson City, NV ("CC" mint mark). Philadelphia is the oldest mint and some of the earliest coin series were only minted there. I guess if I was going to DC I would check out that exhibit in the Smithsonian.

    Do you mean the Federal Reserve?

    Could be; it was long ago. It was where they printed the paper money.
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    Jul 08, 2014 9:54 PM GMT
    Miko369 saidHello! My name is miko369 and I'm in the Washington DC area for the summer. I am not sure what kind of things to do here in the nation's capitol, but I would appreciate any kind of suggestions on what to do other than national monuments and museums! If you all can suggest things to do, that'd be great! icon_smile.gif



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  • MarylandDave

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    Jul 09, 2014 12:18 AM GMT
    The Dupont Circle Farmers Market on a Sunday morning.
    The National Building Museum
    The observation tower at the Old Post Office Pavilion.
    Tour the Capitol building.
    Any, and all the museums on the Mall.
    Go to Georgetown to see the steps that were in the Exorcist movie.
    Take a walk (or run) along the C & O Canal towpath - or through Rock Creek park - or the path that crosses Memorial bridge and then south toward the airport.
    The National Zoo.
    The US Botanical Garden. (On the Mall near the Capitol Building)
    Union Station for shopping, eating, tourist watching, and great architecture.
    Play volleyball on the sand courts by the Lincoln Memorial (or just go to watch the shirtless players)
    Tour the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials at night.
    Visit Arlington National Cemetery for the Kennedy gravesite, but tour the historic house at the top of the hill. A great history lesson for free.
    Tour the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials at night.
    Go to the west side of the Lincoln Memorial and run the steps the lead to the road and river below. (or just watch the runners and athletes that are already there doing that)
    Take a bus to NYC for the day or weekend.
    Take a bus to the beach for day or weekend.

    Whatever you do, have fun and be safe in the bedroom.

    (Can you tell I lived just north of DC my entire life?)
  • FDMedic

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    Jul 09, 2014 4:01 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    buddycat said
    Lumpyoatmeal saidGo to the mint or whatever it is where they print money, assuming that they still have tours; they did when I was a kid.


    There is or never was a mint in DC. There is a coin and paper money exhibit in the Smithsonian that houses very rare coins. Currently there are mints in Philadelphia (no mint mark or on some coins a "P" mint mark), San Francisco ("S" mint mark) and Denver ("D" mint mark). There were also mints in New Orleans ("O" mint mark) and Carson City, NV ("CC" mint mark). Philadelphia is the oldest mint and some of the earliest coin series were only minted there. I guess if I was going to DC I would check out that exhibit in the Smithsonian.

    Do you mean the Federal Reserve?

    Could be; it was long ago. It was where they printed the paper money.


    They print paper money at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on 14th St in South West, and they do give tours there.
  • FDMedic

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    Jul 09, 2014 4:07 AM GMT
    Other places to hit up are Ben's Chili Bowl on U St in NW, and Matchbox on 14th & T St NW. Penn Social is also a fun place.

    Check out H St in NE... Dangerous Pies is my favorite (H & 13th ST NE)..just don't wonder off H St or go past 15th St where it turns into Benning Rd