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Visiting Washington DC

An April 2004 trip to Washington, D.C. by bmoryan

The Awakening Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: We live in Arlington, Virginia and visit sites in Washington as often as possible. We've tried to get a taste of everything we can. . . that we'd dare take four young children to. It's a great place to live. There's so much to do. . . and most of it is FREE!!

Visiting Washington DC

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There's so much to do and most of it is free! Pick a metro stop and spend the day visiting sights in the area. There's something for everyone at most locations. You could spend a week visiting the buildings between the US Capitol and the Washington Monument! Spend half a day walking around the Tidal Basin then rent a paddleboat.Quick Tips: Since 9/11, security can sometimes be tight and you'll need to be patient. Rush hour can be a bear, so avoid being in a vehicle in the area in the morning or afternoon. Always carry a bottle of water and a snack around because those can be expensive. Also, be flexible with your plans. Best Way To Get Around: You might be surprised at how clo...Read More

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

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Attraction | "Air & Space Museum - A HIT!!"

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The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum is located on the Mall in Washington DC... and it's FREE. You can visit it for part of the day, then cross the Mall to some of the other museums. Getting There We drove in after lunch; free parking along the Mall can be TIGHT. The museum closes at 5pm, but a lot of parking spots open up around 3pm. Some Government employees will work 6am-3pm to minimize the impact of rush hour. That only gives you two hours to visit things, though. The Metro may be a better deal, though. There are lots of Metro stops in the area. The Museum The outside of the museum has a neat example of the planets. A...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 27, 2004

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

The Awakening

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The Awakening Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The Awakening is a series of statues that look like a giant waking up and trying to get out of the ground. It's located at the end of a peninsula between Washington DC and Arlington, VA. There is no Metro nearby. You'll need to drive or take a tour bus. Driving down the peninsula, it looks like you're driving at the water level. The road is slow to drive on because there's a lot of non-vehicle traffic. Lots of bikes, rollerbladers, joggers, and walkers. When you get to the end, you'll find the statue. Washington DC is to the left so we could watch people stuck in 395 traffic; Ronald Reagan National Airport (Arlington, VA) is on the right so we could watch plan...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2004

The Awakening
National Harbor
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Theodore Roosevelt Island

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Attraction | "Theodore Roosevelt Island - The 'Natural' DC"

Theodore Roosevelt Island Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Theodore Roosevelt Island is a unique area that is a combination of Memorial (statue and water fountains) and nature walks. The island was used by the Indians for seasonal fishing, later as an army training camp, then set aside as a memorial in 1932. Getting There You can get there in a car only from the northbound lane of George Washington Memorial Parkway. The GW Parkway is used for commuter traffic, so it’s a busy road. The parking lot is very small. (I can’t see a bus having the ability to do much in the parking lot.) We went on a beautiful day and had to wait for about 25 minutes for a spot to open up. You park on the Virginia side then cross a bridge to the island. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 4, 2004

Theodore Roosevelt Island
Potomac River
Washington, DC