Washington, D.C. Journals

Wonderful Washington DC

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A travel journal to Washington, D.C. by JulieHolm

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Quote: There is so much to do in Washington, DC! This journal will focus on the attractions, dining and off the beaten path experiences in the nation's capitol. I live here, so feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Wonderful Washington DC

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Overview

Washington Monument Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Washington, DC, is sometimes thought of as the capital of the free world. While that's arguable, there is no question that there are enough things to do here to fill out any vacation very memorably. I've lived in this area for about 25 years, including the last 20, and I'm a travel nut, so I have a lot to say. Contact me via message if you have any questions. One of your first stops has to be the National Park System Ranger Station. This is onthe South side of the Washington Monument grounds. In addition to free information about a whole slew of memorials (Washington Monument, Linconln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Roosevelt Memori...Read More

Bistro Bis

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Restaurant

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This upscale French Bistro, just steps from the capitol is one of two great restaurants run by renowned Washington chef Jeff Buben (the other is Vidalia, which is currently being renovated; I'll report on it when they open back up again, and I can visit). Decor here is crisp and clean and vaguely European. Ambiance is that of a fine restaurant, and you might very well catch a glimpse of a congressperson or diplomat here. This place exudes the concept of power meal. The menu is short but fantastic, with wonderfully cooked fish and meats, great salads, and a great wine list with some wonderful by the glass options. There is little here for vegetarians, although if you ask there is u...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 14, 2003

Bistro Bis
The Hotel George,
Washington, United States 20001
202 661 2700

Cafe Mozart

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Restaurant

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Washington, DC is one of the few truly international cities in the US. Where else can you regularly hear the rhythms and sounds of a dozen different languages spoken on the metro, on the street? As a result, dining in Washington doesn't usually mean looking for "American" cuisine, but for the cuisine of one of the many ethnic groups centered in this city. There has been a German presence in Washington, DC pretty much since its founding, and as a result we have several wonderful German restaurants, including Cafe Mozart (which is actually Austrian, or Viennese, as you might guess from the name). Located only a couple of blocks from the White house, on H street between 14th and 13th, Cafe Mozart...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 11, 2003

Cafe Mozart
1331 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-5732

Teaism Penn Quarter

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Restaurant | "Teaism--Penn Quarter"

Teaism Penn Quarter Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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There are four Teaism shops in DC, we stopped at the one in the Penn Quarter, at 400 8th Street, NW (only two blocks from the International Spy Musuem or the Shakespeare Theatre. The star here is tea, and they offer a variety of black, green, and white tea as well as tisanes (herbal teas) and Chai. They offer both a traditional and an Asian Afternoon tea and wonderful cookies, scones, and desserts, as well as some cold drinks and even cocktails. No coffee, though, this is a NO Starbucks' zone! If you want to find a meal here, there are a number of interesting options. They have Japanese Bento Boxes (with several small dishes served in a sectioned box), Ochazuke, a Japanese rice and tea sou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2003

Teaism Penn Quarter
400 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 638-7740

Cafe Berlin

Restaurant

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Cafe Berlin is a lovely German restaurant on Capitol Hill. They have a lovely and varied menu, from the Deutsches Wurstplatte (several kinds of authentic german sausages with saurkraut) through the various roasts and stews (Jagerschnitzel and Saurbraten are excellent). There is always a vegetarian entree or two, and the specials are wonderful. Cafe Berlin has a spring asparagus festival. Their wine list is brief but good, including some (naturally) German wines, and they have good beer on tap. But the greatest thing here is often the dessert layout. You pass the collection of tortes and kuchen on the way into the dining rooms, and it is mouthwateringly good looking. And usually the desserts taste a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2003

Cafe Berlin
322 Massachusetts Ave Northeast
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 543-7656

Department of Labor Cafeteria

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Restaurant

Department of Labor Cafeteria Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Located on the sixth floor of the Francis Perkins Building, which houses the United States Department of Labor, this federal cafeteria is also open to tourists. Just down from the Capitol Building itself, on C Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest, it is a budget traveller's dream. You will need to sign in, show ID, be scanned, and all that jazz to get in the building, thanks to increased security. But once inside you will find a large and varied salad bar, paid for by the ounce, as well as a pizza and pasta station, deli sandwich station, carvery, hot food line, roasted chicken station and burger and dog station. Desserts include non-fat frozen yogurt, cookies and cakes, and a wide variet...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 25, 2003

Department of Labor Cafeteria
300 Constitution Avenue
Washington, District of Columbia

Union Station

Restaurant

Union Station Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The Food Court in the basement of Union Station is one of the best and most varied around. While there are some chain style restaurants, most of them are smaller local chains. From pizza to Mexican, to soup, to salad, Indian (vegetarian and otherwise), cheesesteaks, sushi, Italian pastries, cookies, yogurt, and pretzels -- you name it they have it. Some of my favorites are the vegetarian Indian place, the French bistro, the Italian place complete with gelato, the sushi place, Burrito Brothers'' Mexican with a variety of fresh salsas, and Soup Nutsy, a California wrap place. There is lots of seating, plus a Johnny Rocket''s and a candy place. Altogether there must be 40 or so quick lunch or dinner plac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2003

Union Station
50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002

Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Meskerem is my favorite of the Ethiopian restaurants that have sprung up in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington DC. There are three levels for dining at Meskerem. The basement has a more casual and beat-up atmosphere and regular tables, and it is here you'll end up if you show up after work with a dozen coworkers. The main level has linen and small clusters of chairs, though there are baskets for the most part for seating. The upstairs level is traditional Ethiopian dining, with baskets instead of tables and low chairs. I've eaten here with all my kids, so they can accomodate middle sized groups. You have to ask for traditional seating. Food at Meskerem is very different from what y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2003

Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant
2434 18th Street North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
(202) 462-4100

Jaleo

Restaurant

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Jaleo is a Spanish Tapas restaurant located next to the Shakespeare Theatre on 7th Street. Tapas are a great variety of small dishes, like Dim Sum, which you order and share. Jaleo has hot and cold Tapas as well as seasonal Tapas, which are pretty much all incredibly delicious. Most stellar on the menu are the spinach with pine nuts, garlic, and raisins, the potatoes, shrimp, and lamb dishes, but really I have never had a bad meal there, and neither has my husband. Watch what you are ordering because the prices can mount up; usually two or three plates per person, with the delicious bread you will be dipping in olive oil, is enough; heavy eaters might want more. Paella is a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 26, 2003

Jaleo
480 7th Street North West
Washington, D.C., United States 20004
(202) 628-7949

Capitol City Brewing Company Downtown

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Restaurant | "Capitol City Brewing Company"

Capitol City Brewing Company Downtown Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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So you're going to see the Nat's play and want to grab dinner in advance. Or you're looking for a quick lunch in a fun place. Capitol City Brewing Company's two downtown locations may be just the ticket! It's a brewpub, and they do indeed brew their own beer. Four varieties from pale to chewy, a group of set seasonal brews, and a rotating set of occasional brews, using brewing techniques and traditions from around the world. They do English-style nut-brown ale, as well as a half-dozen different German styles, including wheat beer, porter, and stout; essentially, there is always a great variety of craft-brewed beer on tap at Capitol City. And for the wine drinker among you, there is an interesti...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 8, 2005

Capitol City Brewing Company Downtown
1100 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 628-2222

AMERICA RESTAURANT

Restaurant

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Not surprisingly, America is a restaurant with an American menu and red, white, and blue decor. The menu has a great variety, with each dish having its hometown. This is very much what you might expect from a restauarant practically in spitting distance of the U.S. Capitol. The restaurant has "outside" seating, which is actually on the floor of Union Station. Don't sit there if you have any kind of hearing disorder, though, as it is very noisy. The bar area is big and open, the non-smoking section up on the upper floor, looking out on the center of the station. Very nice spot. The food is well put together and workmanlike, though not the kind that takes your breath away. As you mi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2005

AMERICA RESTAURANT
50 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
(202) 682-9555

Eat First

Restaurant

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This restaurant reliably makes the 100 Best Bargain Restaurants list for Washingtonian magazine every year because it meets their two biggest criteria: it's cheap and it's good. I think you can get out of here for $10 without trying too hard. The food is very good, especially for the money. They have a wide variety of food, including specials for the Chinese inhabitants of Chinatown (where this is located), including Cantonese, Szechuan, and Hunan cuisines. Fried food is not too heavy, and hot food is made according to your request (to get it hot, you need to convince the server, but it can be done). English here is more than serviceable, and the ambience is very casual, with ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2005

Eat First
609 H Street North West
Washington, D.C., United States 20001
(202) 289-1703

Lei Garden

Restaurant

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Lei Garden has been a Chinatown favorite as long as I have been working near Chinatown in Washington DC. It's right by the big arch and easy to find, and it is always recommended by my Chinese colleague.

Lunch is the best here, since they have a wonderful all-you-can-eat buffet that includes dim-sum, sushi, and some wonderful desserts. They have a traditional dinner menu.

If dim-sum is your thing and you don't want to do the buffet, the upper floor does traditional dim-sum at lunchtime also. But I like the buffet quite a lot.

Gallery Place Metro

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2005

Lei Garden
629-631 H Street North West
Washington, D.C., United States 20001
(202) 216-9696

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Located in Chinatown, around the corner from the Arch, Mehak is an Indian restaurant with a sibling in Northern Virginia (Merrifield area). The DC location is much better than the suburban locaton.

The restaurant is elegant, with cloth tablecloths and napkins and the like. The cuisine is standard Indian cuisine, well-made, although this is not the best place in the city for tandoori stuff. The curries are out-of-this-world, though, and the lamb rogan josh and vindaloo favored by my husband hot and yummy. My favorite, malai kofta, is wonderfully tasty here, as is the dal.

Quite vegetarian-friendly, of course.

Gallery Place Metro

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2005

Mehak Indian Cuisine
17 7th Street North West
Washington, D.C., United States 20001
(202) 408-9292

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This is a newcomer to DC's Chinatown, and I've been eating there regularly for about a year as a student of the Goethe Institut downtown. They have a great variety of made-to-order burritos, tacos, and quesadillas. They have some interesting combinations, like chicken teryaki burrito, buffalo wing burrito, and Thai chicken burrito. Not gourmet fare, but the portions are generous, the cost low, the food healthy and fresh and delicious. Options for special diets, from low-carb, low-fat, and a whole range of vegetarian burritos are available, unusual for a fast-food restaurant. Low-fat cheese can be substituted on anything, and any specialty burrito can be made vegetarian. Since the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2005

California Tortilla Company
728 7th Street North West
Washington, D.C., United States
(202) 638-2233

Dubliner Restaurant & Pub

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Restaurant | "The Dubliner Pub"

Dubliner Restaurant & Pub Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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This Irish Pub on Capitol Hill in Washington DC has been named the "Best Irish Pub" in the U.S. for three years running, at least. No idea what this means, but it is a place where the brogue is heavily heard and the Guinness flows freely from the tap. The beer menu includes a dozen or so tap beers, including a wide variety of Irish options--the aforementioned Guinness and the same number of bottled options, including a good cider. The food menu has American pub fare: hamburgers and cheesesteaks and the like, as well as a group of nicer entrees and salads. They have a set of Irish favorites like fish and chips, shepherd's pie, Irish stew, and the like, and their specials may be even m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 10, 2005

Dubliner Restaurant & Pub
520 N Capitol St NW
Washington, D.C., United States 20001
(202) 737-3773

Zaytinya

Restaurant

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Zaytina is an upscale mezze restaurant. The dishes are superb, perfectly put-together little jewels of food, beautifully presented and wonderfully delicious. The Wild Mushroom dish is particularly wonderful, although even the lowly hummus is a step above what I get in most restaurants. I also had a wonderful eggplant dish and a goat cheese wrapped in grape leaves to die for! The wine list is very nice; all of the wines are quite delicious. I was pleased that Moet et Chandon Nectar Imperial, a sweetish high-quality champagne, was available by the glass. It is an almost perfect match for many of the little dishes. One could still wish for a by-the-glass riesling! The dining room is as ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 18, 2005

Zaytinya
701 Ninth Street North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
(202) 638-0800

Kaz Sushi Bistro

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Restaurant

Kaz Sushi Bistro Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The area near the Kennedy Center has, unfortunately, a lack of restaurants. This upscale sushi place, about halfway between the Farragut West/North stations and the Foggy Bottom Metro Station, where the Kennedy Center Shuttle leaves from, can be a great place for a pre-theatre dinner. The place is a sushi place, but there is also a selection of creative, inventive little dishes, menus, entrees, and even bento boxes. They have "signature sushi" including a soft shell crab roll that my husband thought was delicious. That said, he felt the regular sushi, in this case tuna and yellowtail, was the best he had had in DC. The restaurant does not skimp on vegetarians, with a number of fasci...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2005

Kaz Sushi Bistro
1915 I St Northwest
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 530-5500

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

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Attraction | "National Air & Space Museum"

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The National Air and Space Museum is a huge monument to the people and technologies involved with the development of aviation and space flight. When you visit, start with a trip to the IMAX theatre box office, because tickets to the many fascinating IMAX films can be hard to get and can sell out quickly. The same goes for the Plantetarium if you want to get tickets, especially on a weekend or during spring or summer. Galleries as of Feb. 2003 include flight simulators, early business air transportation, milestones of flight (the gallery with many famous airplanes hanging), and space race (the gallery with many famous spacecrafts). Walk through the original space station and see Apollo Soyuz. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2003

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Independence Avenue At 4th Street SW
Washington, DC

Union Station Shops

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Attraction | "Union Station"

Union Station Shops Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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I've written elsewhere about Union Station's fast food court, among the best places in the city to get a quick and delicious bite. Let's look now at the rest of the building, the train station/shopping complex/National Visitor's Center that is Union Station. Union Station is THE Train station in Washington, DC. Metro stops here, of course, and Greyhound is only a few blocks away, but it is the Amtrak Station, which means that travel up and down the Eastern Seaboard happens from this spot, and two different commuter train lines, VRE from Virginia and MARC from Maryland, also stop here. The train station has all the amenities you'd expect of a train station, and reminds me of European tr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 8, 2003

Union Station Shops
50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Attraction

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Every year the Smithsonian has a folklife festival in which they highlight several folk societies, and present art, culture, food, and music associated with that culture. Centered on the last weekend in June and the first weekend in July (typically, but the festival always includes the 4th of July), this is one of the biggest, most interesting, and most elaborate festivals in our city. In 2002 they did a "Silk Road", which rather than identifying specific cultures, highlighted all the cultures along the ancient trade routes between Italy and Japan, along, of course, the silk road. The mall is typically separated into several villages of sorts, where there are displays of local art, small ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2003

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The National Mall
Washington, District of Columbia
(202) 633-1000

International Spy Museum

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Attraction | "The International Spy Museum"

International Spy Museum Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Did you know that there are more spies per capita in Washington, DC. than anywhere else in the world? This brand new museum talks about the real life world of spies and counterspies, deception and intrigue. While James Bond has a moment here (The car from Goldfinger is on display) the real stars of the museum are the real life spies of history. Similar to the Holocaust museum, you get timed tickets, enter an elevator which takes you up to the top of two floors. Upon exiting, you enter a room where you get to choose an identity. Memorize the information; I won't tell you any more about that. Then, a brief film is played, and you pass into the museum proper. You begin learning ab...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2003

International Spy Museum
800 F St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
(202) 393-7798

Military Band Concert

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Attraction

Military Band Concert Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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As I write this I am preparing to walk across the mall at lunchtime to enjoy the US Air Force Band's Air Force Strings give a free lunchtime concert at the US Air and Space Museum. The Air Force Band is my favorite, because I know some members, but all of the Service bands are a great addition to the Washington scene. All four of the major services--Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines--have extensive musical staffs headquartered in the DC area. While these groups spend a lot of time touring, and playing for service members around the country and around the world! Still, at least weekly there is a concert by some band or chamber group somewhere in the DC Area. And this is not the kind of ban...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 19, 2003

Military Band Concert
Throughout Washington
Washington, United States

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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Attraction | "Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art"

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The Freer and Sackler Galleries together constitute a wonderful collection of art from all over the Asian Continent. In addition to the expected art from the Far East, the museum's collections include art from India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and all over the Middle East. The big highlight of the collection is James McNeil Whistler's Peacock Room which has been rebuilt within the Freer Gallery. And despite the Asian Focus of this museum, the Freer Gallery has an impressive collection of American Art, including some 1,300 pieces by Whistler (not all of which are on display). Whistler encouraged Freer to expand his art holdings into Asian Art, and was likely the cause of Freer's interest in the art...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2003

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave Sw
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

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Attraction | "Space Station 3D IMAX movie"

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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On a recent visit to the National Air and Space Museum, my hubby, son and I decided to take in one of the IMAX movies. We chose "Space Station 3D" which is an incredible choice. You get 3D glasses as you enter, but these are not the 3D glasses you remember, the red on one side and blue on the other. These use some kind of polarization, so that the movie you see in 3D is in compeltely full color, with no distortion from the 3D capability. From the moment the credits fly from behind you to the screen, you know you are in for something special. The effects in this movie are incredible. At one point, while the astronauts are floating M and Ms at each other, one comes almost directly into...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2003

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Independence Avenue At 4th Street SW
Washington, DC

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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Attraction | "Hirshhorn Museum of Art"

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Located about mid-mall, next to the Air and Space Museum, the Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is the Smithsonian's cutting edge modern and contemporary art museum. The museum houses both a varied permanent collection and a series of very interesting special exhibitions. The first floor art is largely minimalist, and to me, the most unapproachable. However, the second floor (especially the sculpture) and the third floor (chronological, giving you the opportunity to see how art changes and influences itself) are impressive. Some of the highlights, for me of the permanent collections, include the modern art, especially the Picassos (including some lovely blue period pieces) and the Willm de ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 16, 2003

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington, District of Columbia
(202) 633-1000

Shakespeare Theatre

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Attraction | "The Shakespeare Theatre"

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The Shakespeare Theatre at the Landsburg, on 7th Street, not far from the Mall in Washington, DC may be the finest Shakespearean theater in the country. This professional company, headed up by artistic director Michael Khan, boasts some of the finest stage actors in the world, performing some of the greatest plays. The season starts in September and runs through June. They present six plays--five here at the Landsburg and one at Carter Barron Ampitheatre (free park peformances). Usually, of its five plays at the theater on 7th Street, three are Shakespeare, and two are other classic plays (they've done the Oedipus trilogy, The Trojan Women from classical Greece, Sweet Bird of Youth...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 26, 2003

Shakespeare Theatre
450 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 547-1122

National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden

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Attraction | "National Gallery of Art"

National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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It's often considered a part of the Smithsonian, although it actually isn't. The National Gallery of Art is actually two buildings, a more traditional West Building and a contemporary East Building. West Building's main floor takes you chronologically through the history of painting from room to room. Some of the highlights for me are Salvador Dali's last supper, the impressionist collection, the collection of American Painters, and a set of paintings entitled "the journey of life". There is also a DaVinci, and a lot of beautiful works. There are also sculpture galleries with a number of wonderful pieces, and the central fountain, with Mercury, is also impressive. There is a lot of in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 27, 2003

National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20565
(202) 737-4215

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Attraction | "Holocaust Memorial Museum"

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Plan an entire day for the Holocaust Museum. I've gone twice and still have not seen it all. The museum is an intensely educational experience, walking you through the experiences leading up to the Holocaust, and the Holocaust itself. The main exhibit is a mostly chronological walk through the rise of the Nazi Party and of Adolph Hitler, the roots of and rise of anti-semitism in Germany during the first half of the twentieth century, and leading you through increasing limitations on the lives of the Jewish inhabitants of Germany and German-controlled lands, and the emprisonment, torture, and mass murder of six million Jews and others. Some of the "highlights" of the museum, for me, i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 27, 2003

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, Sw
Washington, D.C., United States 20024
(202) 488-0400

Fourth of July Celebration

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Attraction | "Fourth of July on the National Mall"

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Washington, DC, holds a huge party every year on Independance Day right on the National Mall. Since it happens concurrently with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (separate entry on that) it is a very busy, crowded day, but can be a great deal of fun. Typically there are a variety of concerts happening, usually a pop concert on the Washington Monument Grounds, a country concert near the Air and Space Museum (these may vary; check a day or two ahead with the National Park Service, they will know what is going on) and always the National Symphony on the Capitol Grounds. Of course there are fireworks, one of the finest displays in the country. The best seats are on the Washington Monume...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 5, 2003

Fourth of July Celebration
The National Mall
Washington, District of Columbia

Adams Morgan Nightlife

Attraction | "Du Pont Circle/Adams Morgan"

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This is the center of young nightlife in D.C. There are a huge variety of restaurants, pubs, businesses, and such in this neighborhood. I'll try to address some of these separately and you should look for other reports on some that I have not been to. This is the late night area of D.C. that does not roll up the carpet at 5pm and head for the suburbs. The circle itself has shopping, a cinema with art house movies, numerous restaurants and bars, interesting shops, all night bookstore/restaurant (Kramerbooks and afterwards, a café) with live music. A mile or so away the heart of nearby Adams Morgan (18th street for 2-3 blocks south of Columbia) has more restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping, billiard...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2003

Adams Morgan Nightlife
18th Street and Columbia
Washington, D.C., United States

Japanese American WW II Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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This is an unusual and not very commonly visited memorial off the Mall in Washington, DC. It commemorates Japanese Americans bravery during World War II, with an emphasis on both the many Japanese Americans sent to internment camps and the Japanese American Veterans of World War Two. The Memorial is a pool with large rocks in it, surrounded by a swooping stone wall, with the names of the various internment camps in it. There is also a list of Japanese Americans who lost their lives in WW II. There is a huge chime you can ring and a crane sculpture. This is a cool and beautiful spot, and definitely off the beaten path. And it is Free. Closest Metro Station is Union Statio...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 4, 2003

Japanese American WW II Memorial
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20500
(202) 456-7041

National Cherry Blossom Festival

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Attraction | "The Cherry Blossom Festival"

National Cherry Blossom Festival Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Right now we are in the midst of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, probably the most popular time of year for visitors to come, for a LOT of good reasons. Mostly, it is delightful because of those lovely white-pink blossoms that give the festival its name. Gifts of the people of Japan in 1912, our cherry blossoms bring a special glow to the monuments. When I go to visit the blossoms, I head for the Washington Monument side of the mall. There are cherries right on the Washington monument grounds, which I walk through, heading southwest toward the Tidal Basin (please note, there is some trickly street crossing here.) On the way to the Tidal Basin, you pass the Tulip Library,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 28, 2003

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington, District of Columbia

Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of the American Indian

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Attraction | "National Museum of the American Indian"

Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of the American Indian Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The National Museum of the American Indian is the newest and coolest museum in Washington, DC. It opened in the Summer of 2004 with a great festival, including all native peoples of the Americas, with dance, music, food, storytelling, crafts, and lots of other interesting stuff in an open-air festival on the mall. The festival is over, but the new museum is a wonder. Built on the last usable museum space on the National Mall, it was designed with the home of the native people in mind. It rises, a golden rock, in organic curves and sweeps without an angle in sight. There are rocky outcroppings just out over a grassy pond in the east and around corn in the south, and a waterfall and river i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 31, 2004

Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of the American Indian
Fourt Street and Independence Avenue on the National Mall
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 357-1300

Washington Nationals Baseball

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Washington Nationals Baseball Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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What is more American than a baseball game? And now that Washington has their own major-league baseball team, RFK Stadium is an exciting place to be! Baseball in Washington is affordable. The cheap seats run $7 or $5 at the park on some Wednesdays. The nationals are playing great; indeed, as I write this, they're first in the National League. For $15 or $25, you can get great seats in the infield. Getting there is easy with the Metro. RFK is at the Stadium/Armory exit off the Orange and Blue Lines. Once you come out of the ground, you just walk past the armory to the stadium. They let you bring in food to the stadium, but not drinks. (Water may be an exception.) The F...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 6, 2005

Washington Nationals Baseball
1500 South Capitol St., SE
Washington, United States 20003

Washington TravelCast

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This is a whole new concept in walking tours. It is a podcast, a radio show on the internet, which you download to your iPod, or other mp3 player, and take with you. Julie and Mark guide you around the city and explain all the buildings, monuments, scenery, everything that you see. They recorded the podcast while doing the walk, so directions are usually correct and clear, and they include a weekly musical portion that highlights a DC area band. Future podcasts will cover everything from the museums on the mall, to the nightlife, to the great churches of DC, to Capitol Hill, and Pennsylvania Avenue. They expect to do the standard to the eclectic. It's a weekly audio tour of DC on the web.A unique...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2006

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Washington, D.C., United States

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

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Located almost in Maryland, the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens have been described as the "ultimate insider sight." Locals may not be even aware of it. It's located along the Anacostia River, and contains the only land that remains that really gives one an idea of what Washington, DC was like before it was built up - a vast swamp.But on top of that swamp, that bog is built one of the most amazing gardens in the city - a vast network of pools displays all sorts of water lilies, both native and tropical, as well as a variety of lotus flowers. One portion of the garden portrays the original Washington Swamp - cattails sway in the breeze above the reeds and wild rice. Started i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 10, 2006

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
1550 Anacostia Ave.
Washington, D.C., United States

Chrysalis Vineyards

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Thirty plus miles and about 50 minutes in good traffic out of central DC, Chrysalis Vineyard is the closest of the businesses in Virginia Wine Country to the city, and worth a day trip. In recent years the wine industry in Virginia has become increasingly well-respected, and Virginia is now producing some truly great wines. Many Vineyards are located in the Blue Ridge, from Leesburg all the way south down the mountain chain, but the easiest one to visit may well be Chrysalis. Chrysalis is located off Champs Fort Road (Rte 629) about a mile south of Rte 50, just two and a half miles west of Gilbert's Corner in Virginia. From DC, take 66 to 50 West, then 50, 17 miles west to Champs ...Read More

How to use the metro

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Washington DC Metro: Gallery Place Station Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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If you ave visiting Washington, DC, your best transport option, at least when in town, will be the subway system, or metro. This journal entry is about how to use the metro. Metro stations are identified by a tall square column at the entrance (usually an escalator.) If you do not know where to find a metro station, head for the Mall, and go over near the castle. Just west of the castle, on the mall, you will encounter one of the entrances to the Smithsonian Metro Station. Go into the station and get a system map to help you find your way around. BUYING A FARECARD Once you have figured out where you want to go (and all of the entries in this journal will include the close...Read More
Metro is accessible Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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We see lots of differently abled visitors in Washington, DC, and why not? The Subway is very handicapped-friendly because it was designed that way. Most of the major buildings belong to the Federal Government and therefore must comply with the ADA. We have one of the two most prestigous colleges for the deaf, in Gallaudet, and the variety of sights is sure to include something for everyone, no matter what your special challenge is. In my opinion, Washingtonians are particularly supportive of the handicapped. The Federal Goverment is a major employer of people of all kinds of differences, and it's no longer a novelty for us. Planning is an important part of every trip, even more so if you...Read More

Getting to DC from Dulles Airport

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People often arrive at Washington Dulles Airport not realizing they are in suburban Virginia, some 30 miles from Washington, DC. Then they get socked with the cost of taxis to DC, in the $45 to $50 range. Here are some options for getting to your hotel from Washington Dulles Airport. First of all, there are the taxis. Taxis at Dulles are limited to the Washington Flyer, and you must pick them up at the taxi stand. This is by far the fastest, easiest, and most expensive way to get into the city. Remember that in DC, taxi drivers also expect a tip. Super Shuttle does run shuttles to the various hotels in the DC area from Dulles Airport. These are group vans that transport up to abo...Read More

Circulator Bus in Washington DC

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The District of Columbia has recently instituted a new bus, called the "Circulator" as a transport option in Washington, DC. This bus is a convenient and inexpensive way to get close to some of the most popular spots in the city, and it may well be the best option for public transport to Georgetown, but it has its limits. On a recent Wednesday, I decided to try the Circulator Bus to have a weekday lunch with a friend. She works at the Kennedy Center, I work near Union Station. Metro would have cost me $1.35 and entailed changing trains at Union Station, which involves an unpredicatable wait, so I thought this one-vehicle trip might be better. I boarded the bus at Union station. The bu...Read More