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Four exhausted girls spend a weekend in DC

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A November 2005 trip to Washington, D.C. by Taylor Shelby

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Quote: Two friends and I went to DC, where we were graciously entertained by a local.

Four exhausted girls spend a weekend in DC

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Overview

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My friend (whom you may know as "my lovely assistant"), her mom, and I decided to go to D.C. for a little getaway. Lucky for us, my friend Elizabeth lives there and she graciously agreed to show us about. Fool! we wore her (and ourselves) completely out. It was a weekend of much walking, little sleep, and unbelievably freezing weather (we're southerners, y'all!) However, we still had a glorious time. D.C. is really a stunning city, and I'm not just saying that because I am a student of American History and obsessed with politics. I can't imagine that people couldn't find something to enjoy here. Oh yeah, and almost everything is FREE!! This is why we pay our taxes, people. Take advantage. He...Read More

The Mayflower Hotel

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Hotel

The Mayflower Hotel Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Through my job, I get good deals at nice hotels all over America. We decided to do DC right, so we stayed at The Mayflower Hotel often called Washington's second best address”. The Mayflower is part of Historic Hotels of America, which are all ridiculously nice and have wonderful histories. You enter through the gorgeous grand lobby, blazing with glorious, bright chandeliers that reflect in the polished marble floors and walls. The lobby runs the length of an entire city block so you get a vast sweeping view of 1/10th of a mile right when you walk in. The hotel was completed in 1925, and as a lovely welcome to the world Calvin Coolidge held his inaugural ball. It has since been the host of an ina...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 5, 2005

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, United States 20036
202/347-3000

Luna Grill & Diner

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Restaurant | "Luna"

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Luna was another place recommended by our glorious concierge and we actually ended up eating there three times during the trip: twice for breakfast and once for dinner. It was in easy walking distance from our hotel, it was small and filled with locals, and the prices were very reasonable. Plus, it just had personality, which I always like to see. You may walk right past Luna without noticing it because it is very nondescript from the outside. It is just a simple storefront with some plants in the windows. Once you walk in, you see the walls covered with murals and paintings and artwork hanging on top of all that. There were Christmas lights strung all around the place when we were there, but I don...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 5, 2005

Luna Grill & Diner
1301 Connecticut Avenue North West
Washington, United States 20036
(202) 835-2280

Capitol City Brewing Company - Postal Square

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Restaurant | "Capitol City Brewing Co."

Capitol City Brewing Company - Postal Square Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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On the day we decided to do the stuff on the Mall, we had this map of the sites. In one corner there was an ad for a place called Capitol City Brewing Co. What caught our eye is that you got a free glass with every entree. My lovely assistant and I have a bad habit of collecting glasses everywhere we go, and even though I am usually completely against eating anywhere that I find advertised on a map solely for tourists, the lure of a free glass was far too much for me to fight. Plus, it was close and we were starving after our many hours at the Capitol Building.The restaurant we went to (there is another one downtown) is located right next to Union Station, in the building that houses the Pos...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 5, 2005

Capitol City Brewing Company - Postal Square
2 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20001

Potbelly

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Restaurant

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Don't you love it when you ask the concierge, "Where should we go for lunch?" and he really comes through for you? We were looking for something quick and simple, so we were sent down the street to Potbelly, a little sandwich shop that was famous among locals (and for a good reason, we learned).Potbelly is a chain that was founded back in 1977 and has grown into a booming business (there are seven in DC alone). Unfortunately for me, they are mostly centered in New England and the northern states. The restaurant has an old-time deli sort of feel, with pressed tin ceilings and various antiques scattered about the booths and tables. Proceed to the counter to order.The menu is small, but ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 5, 2005

Potbelly
1660 L Street North West
Washington, D.C., United States 20002
(202) 463-8111

U.S. Capitol Building

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Attraction | "The Capitol Building"

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When we went to DC, we didn't actually have much of a plan about what we wanted to see. On Saturday morning, we woke up and decided that we wanted to go see the Capitol Building. This is one of the many sights where you get in line for a timed ticket. When they run out of tickets, they run out of tickets, so we wanted to get there early. The ticket kiosk opens at 9am, and we were there in line by 9:15am. The line wasn't that long, so we figured we would get in pretty soon.At about 10am, we finally got our tickets, which were for the 10:30am tour. While you are in line, they tell you about the rules. Just a couple of tips: if you want to see the Capitol, leave your nunchucks, fireworks, and c...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 5, 2005

U.S. Capitol Building
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC
(202) 225-6827

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

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Attraction | "The National Archives of the United States"

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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I hadn’t actually planned on seeing the National Archives until Elizabeth yelled, “THEY HAVE THE MAGNA CARTA!!” My response: “Off we go!”The National Archives is where all of our important documents live. Things like the Declaration of Independence, The US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are on view for you to see. But that isn’t the only thing worth seeing. They also have an excellent museum space that is fascinating, extremely well done, and forgotten by most visitors to Washington. Oh yeah, and they have the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta is an English document that dates back all the way to 1215, when it was signed. This is what first limited the power of the English king and is belie...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 6, 2005

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Nw
Washington, DC 20408
(202) 357-5350

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Attraction | "The Vietnam Veterans Memorail"

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One of my favorite things in DC was something that I didn't have much interest in seeing, The Wall, or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. We happened to wander up to it after walking all over the mall on a ridiculously cold November afternoon. We were all completely frozen and just trying to get back to the metro when we walked past the memorial. We decided that since we were there, we might as well go see it. The wall is shockingly moving. When you look at it from afar, it doesn't look very big and impressive, but as you walk down the path that leads you farther and farther into the memorial, it starts to overwhelm you. The wall is made up of graduating slabs of polished black marble with the names of...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 7, 2005

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Bacon Drive and Constitution Avenue
Washington, D.C., United States
(202) 426-6841

Old Town Trolley Tours

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Attraction

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We decided that on our last day in D.C. we would get a ticket for the Old Town Trolley Tour. We had seen the violently orange-and-green trolleys all over the city, and the map that we used was one that was given out by that company. There were a few things about it that appealed to us. First, they had a large route. The trolley takes you to stops like the National Zoo, the National Cathedral, Georgetown, and Arlington Cemetery, and provides a comprehensive route of all the monuments, which are quite spread out. Second, it is hop-on-hop-off, which I have always liked. That way, you get a chance to stop if you are suddenly so inclined. And third, the trams seemed frequent and efficient. It just seeme...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 13, 2005

Old Town Trolley Tours
2640 Reed Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20018
(202) 832-9800

National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden

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Attraction | "National Gallery of Art, West Building"

National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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On a last-minute whim, only 2 hours before we were going to leave for the airport, I decided that I wanted to see the National Gallery of Art. It was my intention just to breeze in for a bit and then go to the museum shop to pick up some gifts. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I am not an art lover. I can appreciate the beauty and incredible talent and I do enjoy looking at art in small doses, but I lose interest in art museums rapidly. That’s why I only thought I needed a small bit of time. I WAS SO WRONG!Next time I go back to D.C., I will devote an entire day to this museum. It is massive and beautiful and I was completely captivated. The museum is actually divided into three sections, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 13, 2005

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