Washington, D.C. Journals

Washington in the Heat

An August 2007 trip to Washington, D.C. by McCoyWSP

Old Ebbitt Grill Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: Great city to visit, but plan well when it is hot.

Washington in the Heat

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In Washington, there is too much to see, so it is hard to give highlights. I wouldn't miss the FDR Memorial, and the National Art Gallery is also a must to see. The American History Museum is closed right now, but the best of American Pop Culture, a very good exhibit, from the museum is in a gallery at the Air and Space Museum. Quick Tips: Face it, you've got to go to the Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the White House or everyone will think you are mad. So do those to get them out of the way, then ask the people there what to see. The best source of information I found was the National Park Rangers. Whenever we asked one of them what to see, the...Read More

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Franklin Square

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Hotel | "Hilton Garden Inn Downtown"

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When we were booking this trip, my wife and I decided that we wouldn't worry as much about cost as the right place to stay. This hotel certainly was the right place. It is across the street from the McPherson Square Metro station, so getting there from Reagan airport was a breeze. Getting passes for the Metro meant that we could easily travel around without a car. And being only a few blocks from the White House, meant there was always something interesting nearby. The staff were friendly and very helpful. Perhaps what happened as we checked in is a good example of the thoughtfulness of the staff. When checking in I mentioned that it was our 27th wedding anniversary. When we returned to ou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2007

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Franklin Square
815 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C., United States 20005
(202) 783-7800

Cafe Mozart

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Restaurant | "Café Mozart"

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This is a charming café just off the McPherson Station Metro stop in downtown. We did not have reservations but were seated immediately in the dining room. When in a German restaurant, you must have German beer. We ordered 2 Hofbrau 1/2 liters to quench our thirst from the hot day of sightseeing. Just about every review we read raved about this restaurant, and the hotel bellman also highly recommended it. Well, everyone was right. My wife ordered the Chicken Schnitzel. It was lightly battered and fried. I tried a bit and repented my selection. I was not adventurous so I ordered the Sausage Sampler, which had 5 different German Sausages on a bed of red cabbage and saurkraut. Mind you my foo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2007

Cafe Mozart
1331 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-5732

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We had read reviews of this restaurant, which is in the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown. The reviews universally said it was too expensive. When we ate there our first night in Washington, we were nervous about this. Well, the prices, at least for dinner, are comparable to other restaurants in the area. We started with the crab shrimp dip, which was excellent. We both ordered scallops and crab cakes (you have to have crab cakes). Being from Minnesota, I needed my potatoes so I asked to substitute mashed potatoes for the risotto that came with the dish. I was gladly accommodated. The crab cakes were excellent, as were the scallops. In hindsight, my wife with the risotto was probably a better choice than my ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2007

Great American Grill
815 14th St NW
Washington, D.C., United States 20005
(202) 783-7800

McDonald's

Restaurant | "McDonalds"

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In your mind you are thinking why write a review of a McDonalds, even if it is in the National Air and Space Museum. Well, the food was McDonald's standard fare. The only reason to think about this place is how quickly they ran people through the lines to get your food. They have many stations to take your order, and then you are told to go to the number 10 (or whatever number station in the delivery area) and there is your food waiting for you. It was like being in a well-run drive through, but without the car. Despite the large lunchtime crowds, we had ordered our food, picked it up, and were sitting down eating within 5 minutes. And for a lunch on the mall, that was quick. The prices were higher th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 12, 2007

McDonald's
Independence & 4th St.
Washington, D.C., United States

Old Ebbitt Grill

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Old Ebbitt Grill Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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As the bar where Grant came to have a drink, we had to go here. We didn't have reservations but the wait was fairly short (maybe 20 minutes) for a Saturday night. We waited in the bar and each had a cool beer for relief from the day. We were given a pager to let us know when the table was ready. When we were seated, I looked around and was surprised by the variety of clothes. The couple next to us had on a suit and evening gown. We were in shorts and collared shirts. The next table down was in cut offs and tee shirts, so when they say any attire is OK, they really mean it. Our waitress was very prompt at getting our order and making sure that our water glasses stayed full. Having eaten big meals th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2007

Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
(202) 347-4800

Lincoln Memorial

Attraction | "Abraham Lincoln Memorial"

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How do you describe this in a few words? Overwhelming. It was a hot morning and after the walk to this, I was a little cranky, but when you walk in and see the statue of Lincoln that you have seen so many times in pictures, well, it's hard not to be moved. You need to have the right frame of mind when you are here. Understand that Lincoln is a towering figure to Americans, but to most foreign tourists, this is just another been-there-done that place. People will run in, take a picture, shout at the kids and ran out. Just be ready to put them out of your mind. The displays in the lower level on Lincoln were very informative, but given that it was a hot, humid day, the air condition...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2007

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

Old Ebbitt Grill Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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We walked to this from the Jefferson memorial, so we hit it backwards. It is a series of "rooms" each dealing with a different time in FDR's presidency. We started from the end and worked our way to the beginning. I don't know what I was expecting from this. I had not seen anything about this. I was surprised. This was the one place that I would say to visit, if you can only do one of the big memorials. There was a lot of water flowing throughout which gave it not quite the timeless feel you have with Lincoln or Jefferson. It seemed to give it a sense of immediacy. The monument has different phrases carved in the walls. I was touched by the expression of caring for the least able next to statues of...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2007

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Ohio Drive SW
Washington, D.C., United States
(202) 376-6704

National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden

Attraction | "National Gallery of Art"

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Surrounded by so much history, the Art Gallery wasn't high on my place to see. My wife had this high on her list, so off we went. Well, I was wrong. We planned this for our afternoon viewing, to avoid the heat. I could spend a week here and still not see it all. There is a guide at the information desk which lists the must-see art in the building, from the DaVinci to Picasso. For someone with a limited amount of time, this could be great. We were dealing with this in a more leisurely manner, so the people running in, stopping in front of a picture just long enough to take a picture on the digital camera and then running out were a bit of a distraction. But there is so much great art here t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2007

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