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    Things to do in Washington DC

    Hi All,

    I have three and a half days in Washington this April and I'm looking for suggestions. We haven't booked a hotel yet so we are looking for somewhere to stay. Obviously, we are looking forward to walking the Mall to see all the memorials and monuments. We'll see the White House and do a tour of the Capital. I'm looking forward to the Smithsonian (particularly the Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, and American History Museum). I want to go to Georgetown because I've heard it's fabulous!

    Does anyone have any other suggestions -- hotels, restaurants, things to see? I'd really appreciate any information...

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    The spy museum is really interesting if you are into that sort of thing.

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    I like the Museum of Women in the Arts.
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    Eat lunch at the Mitsitam Cafe in the National Museum of the American Indian. Yum!
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    Thanks for the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateycat View Post
    Eat lunch at the Mitsitam Cafe in the National Museum of the American Indian. Yum!
    This! I was stunned to find food this good in a museum.

    I loved the Newseum. You pay to get in, but it was worth every cent to me.

    Two small museums that I love are the Sackler Gallery and the Freer. They're near the Smithsonian Castle.

    The WWII Memorial was my favorite last trip - absolutely gorgeous. Someday I'll get back and do the night tour to see everything lit up.

    Only place I won't visit when I go is my company's DC branch.

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    Sackler/Freer are nice and NEVER crowded. In April, you should get to see the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bailey_ View Post
    Does anyone have any other suggestions -- hotels, restaurants, things to see? I'd really appreciate any information...
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    The thread from last year was mostly about places that were "off the beaten path." One place on the beaten path that you should consider going to is Mount Vernon. There are a lot of different ways to get there, and one that you might want to consider is by boat.

    One place that I have never been to but hope to visit on my next visit is Theodore Roosevelt Island.

    Washington is well known for its Ethiopian restaurants. I don't have any specific recommendations, but I do know that the Adams Morgan neighborhood does have some good ones.

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    Do not delay in reserving your hotel. That's one of the most popular times of year in Washington and you may already be late.

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    If you are planning on not driving in D.C. and cost is not prohibitive, I recommend the Woodley Park Marriot. Its on top of a Metro station and in one the most beautiful parts of town. Also, there are some nice restaurants right there.

    If you have three and a half days, you don't need any recommendations on things to do since you are already planning to visit the Mall. That will take all your time and you don't want to take any time away from that IMO. Seeing the Capitol, the White House, the Smithsonian Museums and the National Gallery, as well as the monuments will be all you'll want to do.

    Once recommendation I'd make if the weather is good and you like to walk is to take dbell's suggestion and go to the WWII memorial, then walk through Constitutional Gardens and see the Vietnam War memorial and then down to the Lincoln Memorial. I think the Lincoln is the most moving of all the monuments.

    If you like to shop, then you might want to fit the trip to Georgetown in too, and Georgetown has many excellent restaurants. If you just want to stroll a city neighborhood, then I recommend Dupont Circle, which is the best part of D.C. in my humble opinion based on over 50 years of living here. If you like Middle Eastern food, you might try Levante restaurant which is right off Dupont Circle, if the weather is nice you can eat outside.

    Don't go to Adams Morgan, its a pit.

    I'd suggest the Hilton Garden Inn if you want to stay right down near the mall, but I'll bet its long since been full for April. Great location though.

    And don't get too excited about seeing the Cherry Blossoms, at the rate the weather is going they are likely to come and go in March.

    But it will be beautiful in April anyway.
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    The Holocaust Museum was one of my favorite things when we went. Just be sure to have plenty of time because it's so emotional and packed full of information that it can't be done right if you are rushed.

    The WWII memorial and the Korean War memorial was other favorites of mine. But by far the one reason I want to go back so bad is to visit the Holocaust Museum again.
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    I love the Newseum. The tickets are insanely pricey ($20/adult) but they're also good for two days. The exhibits are really fun and interesting too.

    Unfortunately, The Mall is under construction right now, but all of the surrounding museums and monuments are still open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRidge View Post
    If you are planning on not driving in D.C. and cost is not prohibitive, I recommend the Woodley Park Marriot. Its on top of a Metro station and in one the most beautiful parts of town. Also, there are some nice restaurants right there.
    I concur. We stayed at the Omni Shoreham last time we were there which is just down the street. Great restaurants all in one block and the Metro stop right there. Very convenient.

    If you have three and a half days, you don't need any recommendations on things to do since you are already planning to visit the Mall. That will take all your time and you don't want to take any time away from that IMO. Seeing the Capitol, the White House, the Smithsonian Museums and the National Gallery, as well as the monuments will be all you'll want to do.

    Once recommendation I'd make if the weather is good and you like to walk is to take dbell's suggestion and go to the WWII memorial, then walk through Constitutional Gardens and see the Vietnam War memorial and then down to the Lincoln Memorial. I think the Lincoln is the most moving of all the monuments.
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    Can you still go into National Archives where they keep the Declaration of Independence? Might be worth a look.

    Also, the hop-on-and-off Trolley Tours might be a good way to get around because they stop everywhere you'd want to go. They include Georgetown and the Washington Cathedral which I find pretty impressive and you get some info about the sights/city.

    But with what you've planned I don't think you'd have difficulties filling those three days and a half.

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    My mum is going there for 9 days in August. She was saying she wants to visit the Textile Museum. What is it like?

    I went to DC in 98 and loved it. So much stuff to do. Fantastic place to visit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post
    The thread from last year was mostly about places that were "off the beaten path." One place on the beaten path that you should consider going to is Mount Vernon. There are a lot of different ways to get there, and one that you might want to consider is by boat.
    I'll put in a second vote for Mount Vernon, probably one of my favourite things that I did in DC.

    I also really liked Alexandria's Old Town. Nice area to walk around, do a bit of shopping, do a bit of eating, and see the historic sites. There are also various cruises on the Potomac from there, or you could take a Water Taxi to the National Harbor, which is what I had done.

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    Some DC restaurant suggestions:

    Penn Quarter:
    Oya (Latin Asian fusion)
    Zengo (Latin Asian fusion)
    Oyamel (Mexican)
    Zaytinya (Mediterranean)
    Central Michel Richard
    Matchbox (pizza Burgers)
    CoCoSala (restaurant and chocolate boutique)

    Near/Around White House etc.:
    Old Ebbitt Grill
    Occidental Grill
    Drinks or tea at Willard Intercontinental Hotel
    Georgia Browns (Southern)


    Near Kennedy Center/GW Univ
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    Wash Post restaurants lists:
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    Re: National Archives. Yes, the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Magna Carta are all on display. At that time of year, you should think about getting advance tickets (http://www.archives.gov/nae/visit/reserved-visits.html). The line to get into the Rotunda can get rather long during peak season.

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    If you're there on a Friday night, go see the Capitol Steps. It's hilarious musical political satire. Always a great show, and there should be lots of great material since it's an election year.

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