Washington, D.C. Journals

The Nation's Capitol on a Budget

A March 2005 trip to Washington, D.C. by RBT331

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Quote: My girlfriend and I decided to take in the sights of Washington D.C., all on the cheap.

The Nation's Capitol on a Budget

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D.C. Skyline Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The last time we were in Washington, D.C. was when we were in eighth grade, about 10 years ago.We decided to take a road trip to our nation's capitol. However, as with most of our trips, we want to do it on the cheap.Therefore, we decided to drive and stay outside of the city. The trip was cheap, and yet, very fulfilling. Just shows that you don't have to spend a ton of money to have fun.Quick Tips: 1) To save money, drive to Washington, if it's an available option for you. It was about a 6-7 hour drive from Boston. Not the worst drive in the world; however, it was just long enough to get stir crazy. You certainly need to get out every couple of hours and stretch.2...Read More

Sleep Inn Inn And Suites

Hotel | "Sleep Inn"

Sleep Inn Inn And Suites Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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This is the second Sleep Inn we have stayed in. Sleep Inn is under the Choice Hotel family of hotels. We had good luck in Amish Country and figured we would try them again.This hotel is conveniently located right outside the Beltway, in an industrial area of town. It is also nearby to a metro mass-transit station. This makes it perfect for tourists. A five minute drive later, you can be parked, on a train, and on your way in to one of the most beautiful metropolitan areas in the country.The rooms were clean and roomy, as expected. They had a nice continental breakfast downstairs, with a Belgian waffle maker. The hotel also has a pool and laundry facility. While I did not use either, I ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 8, 2007

Sleep Inn Inn And Suites
4104 SOUTH POINT ROAD
Washington, Missouri 63090
636-390-8877

Smithsonian National Zoological Park (The National Zoo)

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Attraction | "Smithsonian National Zoological Park"

Smithsonian National Zoological Park (The National Zoo) Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Another FREE thing: The National Zoo. Yes, even the zoo is free. It can be easily driven to (located on Connecticut Ave), or it is a 20-minute walk from the nearest METRO station. It was a nice March day, so we walked.Lions... and tigers... and bears... oh my! They have those and then some. Animals are sprawling all over their expansive 163 acre facility.The National Zoo has everything you could imagine: birds, tigers, cheetahs, pandas, aquatic life, elephants. You name it, they have it. A lot of the animals are close to people, and still yet a safe barrier protects you from any possible erratic behavior. All of the animals have small displays that discuss the history of the an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2007

Smithsonian National Zoological Park (The National Zoo)
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 673-4800

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

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Attraction | "National Museum of American History"

Smithsonian National Museum of American History Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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NOTE: This museum is closed for massive renovations until the summer of 2008. However, some artifacts are on display in the interim at the National Museum of Air and Space.Savings alert: This stop is also FREE.The National Museum of American History is another of the Smithsonian's institutions, like the National Zoo. However, like its museum counterparts, the NAMH is located on the National Mall, right in the heart of Washington.This museum is full of history and culture, all under one roof. They have such artifacts as Larry Bird's jersey, one of the first Kermit the Frog's, Judy Garland's red ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz", and the flag that draped over the exterior of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2007

Smithsonian National Museum of American History
14th Street And Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 357-1300

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Attraction | "The Vietnam Veterans Memorial"

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, or commonly referred to as the Vietnam Memorial Wall, is a moving tribute to those who served and died in combat in the Vietnam War, or those who have been listed with the Department of Defense as Prisoners of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA). It also stands in commemoration of all those who served in the Vietnam War.The Wall, constructed in the 1980s, features 70 black granite panels bearing the names of over 50,000 Vietnam Veterans. This memorial sits in the shadows of the Washington Memorial, in a quiet location among the urban jungle of a city. All of the hustle and bustle seems to go away upon seeing this simple, yet moving, memorial. A sense of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 9, 2007

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

Lincoln Memorial

Attraction | "Abraham Lincoln Memorial"

Lincoln Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Savings alert: This stop is free.The Lincoln Memorial is one of the many monuments that are part of the National Park Service.This monument pays tribute to the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Construction on this massive marble structure was completed in 1922, complete with a 19ft by 19ft solid marble statue of the President seated. If you recognize it from the back of a $5 bill, and thought it was impressive, then you should see it in person.Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes. There are a lot of stairs to climb.From the top of the stairs, you can have a great view across the reflecting pool back towards the Washington Monument and the WW...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2007

Lincoln Memorial
West Potomac Park
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 426-6895

Arlington National Cemetery

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Arlington National Cemetery Photo, Arlington, Virginia
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Savings alert: Visiting the cemetery is free. However, if you drive, you do have to pay a few dollars to park. Just on the other side of Washington, D.C. stands Arlington, VA, and more importantly, Arlington National Cemetery.Here lay men and women, of all ages and generations, who unfortunately have lost their lives in their service in the military. Many were killed during a conflict, all the way from WWI to the present. Over 300,000 people are interred at the Cemetery across their 200 acres. They have funerals almost every weekday on-site. One of the most popular sights there is the resting place for President John F. Kennedy, his wife Jackie Kennedy Onasis, and two of their children...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2007

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

National World War II Memorial

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National World War II Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Savings alert: This stop is FREE.The National World War II Memorial is one of the newest war memorials in Washington. Construction began in September 2001 and was completed in the Spring of 2004. It is dedicated in the memory of all those, alive and deceased, who fought in the war.One of the focal points at the memorial is the sea of gold stars. There are 4,000 stars, that each represent 400,000 Americans that sacrificed themselves in World War II. Thereby, each star represents 100 lives lost.There is reflecting pool in the middle of the monument. When we were there, however, it was not operating. Therefore, I can't speak to its beauty, but I would bet it is a wonderful looking...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2007

National World War II Memorial
Constitution Avenue And 15th Street, Nw
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 426-6841

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The Metro is a fantastic way to get around. Instead of driving through and maneuvering the streets of Washington, you can take the train from place to place. By getting around this way, you can save some serious cash by staying outside of the city, and still be close to the action. Parking is affordable (a couple of dollars for the day), train fare is affordable.Make sure to pick up one of the pocket sized maps of the system. It will help you greatly in getting around, especially if you are new to the system.The trains were clean. They are like most mass transportation systems. When you get out though, be warned that the escalators are fairly steep. If you are a bit skiddish of...Read More