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Pfft
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Washington D.C. any inside tips??
We are headed to DC in Early March for 4-5 days.
We are staying about a block off of Pennsylvania Avenue mid way between the Capitol and the WH.
We are thinking of hitting 3-4 museums.
Also was thinking of doing an evening time guided tour of the monuments.
Anyone have any tips or what we should stay away from?


Glock17
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Also was thinking of doing an evening time guided tour of the monuments.


We really enjoyed that.

I’d also definitely plan a half a day at Arlington.


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Mr. Blutarski
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Write your Congress people and get a guided tour. We saw so many members in the tunnels that my neck got sore.

There's plenty of time to get cleared by the Secret Service for a White House tour. You tour the first floor and exit out the front door. Really cool.

Night guided tour was awesome. Seeing all the monuments at night was something I'll never forget. Korean War monument was extremely touching (RIP Grandpa)

All the museums are interesting as are the art galleries

Supreme Court was neat to see. Can't go in but there's double doors that are open and you can see inside.

Library of Congress is incredible

Arlington is at least a half day

We took our 12 and 14 year old this year and they loved everything about it. We went in all the museums and the only thing we didn't get to do was the Bureau of Engraving.
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Shotgun Willie
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We just went in Sept for a wedding. Didn't have much time but did do the White House and Arlington. Highlight was Arlington. My great uncle is buried right in front of unknown soldier tomb so we went to see him. The changing of the guard is a must!!! Stand on right hand side and you can watch the entire entrance etc.


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Glock17
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One thing to prepare for is a crap load of walking.


Bryno1960
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Arlington National Cemetery is a must. Of all the museums, I enjoyed the National Air and Space Museum the most.


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Boston911
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If you enjoy Italian dining, do not miss Carmine’s family restaurant, the food is awesome and large portions. A museum that people often miss because it is not actually inside Washington is the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy museum at Dulles Airport. It is much better than the one on the mall. I would recommend that you booked your return The national Cathedral is another do not miss.


Buck Dancer
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We did DC last Thanksgiving (me, wife and three kids ages 10-6) and really enjoyed it. All the museums were great with National Air and Space, Natural History and Gallery of Art being our favorites. Hit all the memorials you can.

For food, Old Ebbits gets some flack, but, if you've never been you should definitely go.

Out of the entire fantastic trip though, the trip to Mount Vernon was our favorite. When we went it was only by bus tour (half day) , but, if weather is OK they have a boat tour. I'd try for the boat tour, but, the bus tour (we did Gray Line I believe) is fine as well. You make a stop on Old Alexandria and the church there (Christ Church) has a ton of history associated with it.

Great city with some great sites and food, enjoy!!


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re: Washington D.C. any inside tips??
suppose it's time I copy and paste my usual food places

or steakhouses I'd recommend any of the following

Joe's Seafood and Steak
Oceans Prime
Capital Grille

For small plates I've found these to be fantastic spots

Zaytinya(Greek-ish)
The Source(asian)
Proof('merican)
Doi Moi(southeast asian)
Estadio(spanish)
Jaleo(spanish)

If you're a whiskey fan, especially scotch you MUST go to Jack Rose. The food there is fantastic as well.

For an amazing dining/drink experience check one of the several michelin restaurants

Minibar(**)
Blue Duck Tavern(*)
Komi(*)

Minibar is great and is def a once every few years type of dining experience

*skip Old Ebbitts. Yes it gets flak because people who visit and stop in after seeing the white house love it but you're not getting anything interesting or that you can't really get at any other restaurant. It's like going to NYC and hitting up Sbarro's for pizza. Just don't
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Funky Tide 8
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Don't miss the Natural History museum. I stayed in there for hours when I went in September. The air and space museum is awesome too. Carmines is good, as someone has already mentioned.

Its such a compact city that you can see so much in not a lot of time, especially considering where yall are staying.


reggierayreb
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One thing to prepare for is a crap load of walking.


This

But temps are mild in March (so long as no winter storms are moving through) so it should make for pleasant walks. I’ve been to DC many times. March and October are my favorite months to visit.


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The Spleen
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I think the American History museum is by far the best of the Smithsonians, but they're all good. They all get really crowded, especially in the afternoons so try to hit them when they first open. They all have a lot, so research what's on display at the ones you want to go to, and go see those exhibits first thing. Last time I was in the Natural History one it was elbows to asses and pretty miserable. It was a cold and cloudy day though.


I really like the Newseum as well.


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PJinAtl
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Be sure to check out the museum at the National Archives. The museum entrance faces the Mall on Constitution between the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery of Art (research entrance is on the opposite side on Penn Ave).

Unless things have changed, the Archives museum is typically less crowded that some of the other tourist attractions, and to see the originals of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, is very moving.


bagboy333
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Warning!!! Not sure where you are from, but DC is still cold in March. Lived in Baltimore for four years. That area can get snow into April. Be prepared. There will def be a mix of Spring/Winter during that time. Some days could be cold. Some days the weather will be perfect.


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hungryone
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Agree that a visit to the Archives is very moving. To see the exact documents, and to see the Constitution’s 3/5 compromise written out in words, and seeing the signatures on the Declaration of Independence....worth waiting in line.

Food in the Mall museums is pretty much school-kid friendly yuk. Exceptions are the National Museum of the American Indian, which has better, more diverse choices that focus on foods native to the Americas (think buffalo fry bread tacos, turkey chili w/cornbread, and so on).....the National Gallery of Art has a basement-level cafe w/a buffet of nice salads & roasted meats, blessedly free of school groups. The underground passageway between the two buildings has an espresso & gelato spot, and the Sculpture Garden facing the mall between the two buildings has a nice garden cafe, very pleasant in nice weather.


Pfft
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re: Washington D.C. any inside tips??
Thanks for all the replies!! Definitely going to try and check these things out. We should have no issues on the walking. The wife and I run a little and my boys are bean poles. Might get a bus pass to make things easy.
Guided tour of the Capitol sounds like the thing to do if we can get in. Hell I might send Melania an email to see if she is free, Don can tag along


hawgndodge
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There’s also those little scooters everywhere you can hop on.


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