Washington, D.C. Journals

Washington in a Week

A February 2005 trip to Washington, D.C. by jansamoo

Quote: For a week of history, politics, and pomp, you can't beat Washington, DC. It's a highlight of any trip to America, but it has a special charm in late winter. From the cold, stark quiet of Arlington National Cemetery to the buzzing, over-heated museums of the Smithsonian Institution,it's a place you'll remember long after you return home.

Union Station

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Finding reasonably priced meals in Washington can be tough, but you can't go past Union Station. Although there's the usual sugary, fatty rubbish you'll find all over the States, the giant food court also offers a range of cheap, good food and large servings - just right if you're on a budget or don't fancy some of the more forbidding-looking restaurants around town. Best of all, Union Station is at the centre of every subway line, so you won't have to walk far to find a feed. If you're REALLY on a budget, take advantage of the free samples offered by almost every food stand throughout the day. If you do a couple of circuits of the station, you probably won't need to buy a meal at al...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 11, 2005

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

S. Dillon Ripley Center

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Attraction | "The Smithsonian Institute"

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If you're in Washington, DC, do NOT miss the Smithsonian Institution - which must surely be one of the world's greatest cultural treasures. You'll need at least two days to sample the 15-odd musuems sprawled around the gracious National Mall. There's something for everyone, whether you need the dinosaur bones and kid-friendly interactive displays at the Natural History museum or want to get a taste of space, with the Appollo lunar module and a chance to walk around inside SkyLab at the National air and space museum. The Smithsonian's museums are easily accessible by subway (hop off at the Smithsonian stop on the blue and orange lines) althoug you'll need a bit of stamina to walk between them. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2005

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, D.C., United States 2002
(202) 633-1000

Arlington National Cemetery

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Arlington National Cemetery is probably one of the most sacred places in the whole of the United States. If you want to get a sense of what makes America tick, you'll find it here at Arlington. George Washington's stepson bought the site in 1778, and his son built gracious Arlington house there in the early 1800s. Robert E. Lee married into the family here in 1831, but the Lees later fled when Civil War broke out. In 1864, the property was confiscated by the Union Army, which began the tradition of burying the dead - on the former front lawn. Today more than 260,000 U.S. service men and women are buried here. Arlington National Cemetery covers 200 acres of rolling hills, graced with b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2005

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Arlington, Virginia 22211
(703) 607-8000

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One of the biggest surprises we had on arriving in Washington, DC, was just how big the city area is. The blocks are huuuuge and unlike places such as Manhattan; you could spend hours just walking from A to B. So how to see as much as possible without suffering exhaustion or blistered feet? Our solution was to use Washington's excellent subway system. We found the Metrorail to be cheap, easy, and safe - and by far the best way to reach DC's major attractions in a short time. Sure, you could book a tour bus or buy a trolley trip, but this is how the city's half-million residents (and 18 million visitors a year) travel. Whoever designed the DC Metro has one of the tidiest minds on the p...Read More