Washington, D.C. Journals

Weekend in Washington DC

A September 2006 trip to Washington, D.C. by Traveling Jen

The Fairfax at Embassy Row Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: Weekend in Washington DC. Four days... only a brush of the surface. I will have to plan my next trip, so I can see more!

Weekend in Washington DC

Overview

The White House Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Our nations capitol... what can I say, so much to see and to little time to see it all! We spent a four day weekend in the city. My best friend, Sue, her daughter, Chrissy (aka: my daughter from another mother), and myself. We stayed at the Westin Embassy Row, located near Dupont Circle. Being just us girls, I researched considerably to locate a hotel that was in a safe area and wouldn't break the bank. We explored the city from monuments to museums to the National Zoo, we even had a few laughs people watching (there were two women lying on the grass near the World War II Memorial, fully dressed in purple, we dubbed them the purple people). We ate, and walked, and explored, and ate some more. We ha...Read More

The Fairfax at Embassy Row

Hotel | "Westin Embassy Row"

The Fairfax at Embassy Row Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The hotel was very well located for getting around the city... and in a nice safe area (1.2 miles from city center). There are several subway stops within short walking distance. It is very easy to get to the National Zoo from the Westin via the subway. There is also a Starbucks at about every corner, in every direction from the hotel. There are tons of restaurants in the area with all kinds of cuisine, from Thai to American and from fine dining to fast food. The property is surrounded by embassies (hence, the name) and it is located about a block from Dupont Circle. The Westin is a Starwood property (my favorite), they are always moderately priced, but comparable to high-end hotels. The ro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 14, 2007

The Fairfax at Embassy Row
2100 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C., United States 20008
(202) 293-2100

Old Town Trolley Tours

Attraction | "Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington"

Old Town Trolley Tours Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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What a great way to see some of the monuments... We went on the Monuments by Moonlight tour. It was really cool to see the monuments lit up with the night sky as a back drop... gave them such a mystical feel. Only draw back... pictures, so much more difficult to take photos in the dark. The reflecting pool at night, with the Washington Monument reflecting of the dark skies... breathtaking (much prettier than in the day light). Our tour guide was full of jokes and funny stories... he kept us entertained between stops. He also gave us plenty of time to view each monument during our trolley stops. There were a couple of inconsiderate people that would come back to the trolley well after the designated...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 15, 2007

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

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Attraction | "The National Archives and Records Administration"

Marine Corps War Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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You just can't go to D.C. without getting a glimpse of the Declaration of Independence. Of course, you can hardly read any of it. But, just the thought of all the great men in this country’s history that signed it... unbelievable. The Rotunda (called: The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom) is magnificent (as it would have to be, to be worthy of housing the amazing documents that it holds). The Rotunda/Exhibition hall holds the original copies of the 3 most historical documents in US history: The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. Also on display is a copy of the 1297 issue of Magna Carta. I found it to be amazing that this document could survive over 70...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 15, 2007

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

Washington Monument

Attraction

Marine Corps War Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The size of the monument is what hits you... it just seems to hover over everything else in the area. I guess that is what you would expect from a father... so why not from the father of this country? It really is indescribable how magnificent to see the monuments reflection in the reflecting pool... no matter how many photos or how many movies you have seen it in... it doesn't prepare you. Then, of course, the views from the monument… of the entire city. Unfreaking believable! Well worth the aggravation of getting up at the crack of dawn to ensure that you get your hot little hands on a ticket. Hours of operation are 9am to 4:45pm daily. Tickets to visit the Monument are free of charge, ho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 15, 2007

Washington Monument
Near the Center of the National Mall
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 426-6841

Marine Corps War Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The Iwo Jima Memorial was my absolute favorite monument. I learned that every time a Marine is killed in active duty... they give the family the flag from the memorial and replace it. I thought that was remarkable.We took the monuments by moonlight tour on the Old Town Trolley, it was truly dark out when we got to the Iwo Jima... making it even more mystical than in daylight. I mean.. you see photos of this all the time, but nothing can prepare you for the real thing.Best way to see it is on a guided tour... it's definitely off the beaten path.You can purchase tickets for the Old Town Trolley on-line at: www.oldtowntrolley.com Prices...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 15, 2007

Marine Corps War Memorial
George Washington Memorial Parkway
Mclean, Virginia 22101
(703) 289-2500