Washington, D.C. Journals

Let's Lobby Washington

A June 2000 trip to Washington, D.C. by BeAdventureous!

Quote: Politics, Power, Patriotism! Our Nation's capitol, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean Memorial and the Vietnam Wall. The Smithsonian Museums, with incredible collections. Mount Vernon, where Washington germinated the potential of this great country. Rich in history, diverse in its citizens, making one "proud to be an American!"

Let's Lobby Washington

Overview

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Visit the White House, the State Capitol, walk through the sculptures of the Korean soldiers on the rice paddies,(at night-time)glimpse the Vietnam Wall with name after name written of our lost soldiers, travel to Mount Vernon to see where Washington slept, sit in the theater where Lincoln was shot, marvel at his statue that you have always seen in history books, treat yourself to the Smithsonian Museums, especially the one filled with art, take in a play at the JFK Center, as well as one spectacular brunch there, sit in on a boring senate session, shop in Georgetown and stop in for an ale in the tavern old George himself indulged.Quick Tips: It is best to stay within walking distance to the ...Read More

Hyatt Regency Washington

Hotel | "Hyatt Capitol Hill"

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Location, location location! 11-story convention hotel built around a glass atrium lobby. 5 blocks from Capitol or Union Station, 10 minutes from Reagan airport. Indoor pool/health club with lap pool, weight room, and massage and sauna. Garage with a fee. 31 suites, rooms have data port, cable, minibar, phone with voice mail. Nice lounges.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

Hyatt Regency Washington
400 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, D.C., United States 20001
(202) 737-1234

Gadsby's Tavern

Restaurant

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This is where George Washington himself drank an ale before going home to Martha. Colonial food, roasted chicken, rabbit, roast beef type entrees. Billed as going strong in 1770, the atmosphere is stoic, solid, simple. Historic with ample servings. Pewter mugs attribute to the ambience. The staff dresses in knee breeches and aproned long skirts.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

Gadsby's Tavern
138 North Royal Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 548-1288

The White House

Attraction | "White House Tour"

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I was amazed at the myrid of small rooms, they look so large on TV! Lined with plates and china used by every president and his family since Washington, the first room also displayed period furnishings and paintings. The dining room was filled with a banquet sized table, very elaborate, and was probably one of the larger rooms. Each was named for the color it was painted, the blue room, where most press releases occur, the red room, the green room, etc.. The largest room, the ballroom, was used during the civil war, suspended with clotheslines for laundry. The private quarters were not for public view.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500
(202) 456-2121

Ford's Theatre

Attraction | "Ford's Theater"

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This is where Lincoln was shot! The tour guide narrates the story, while you sit enrapt in one of the theater seats. He tells the drama in a way that makes it come alive. You can almost hear the shots ring out. Yes there is a line, yes it is worth the wait, this is a highlight! In the museum across the street, you will see Booth's murder weapon, the bed Lincoln died in, memorabilia of the infamous evening. Yellowed newspaper accounts of the event. Lincoln's tall hat. His clothes with the bullet hole colored by his blood. It is fascinating indeed.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

Ford's Theatre
511 10th Street Nw
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-4833

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Attraction | "The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts"

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A bust of JFK dominates the lobby. Designed by Robert Berk, its textures and layers are multi-faceted. The six theaters located here present more musical and artistic performances than any other single institution in the nation. We enjoyed a play here, as well as a Sunday brunch, which I highly recommend! The brunch was served in the open kitchen and was a delightful experience, especially with the awesome views!! Be sure and go outside on the veranda to see the city in all her glory. We saw the play SHEAR MADNESS which is unique that the audience chooses the ending, which means every performance, it could be different! Lots of Fun, Go!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20566
(202) 467-4600

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The gardens of Mount Vernon, President's Washington's Potomac River estate, are breathtaking. The views are spectacular. Dressed in period costume, the guides greeted us as treasured guests. Constructed in 1735 by Washington's father Augustine, there are 14 rooms with original furnishings. Walk the stairway up to his and Martha's bedroom, see the bed they slept in, view his study, complete with globe of the world as it was known during his day. Reachable by bus connection to the Metro subway, the Washington Tourmobile and even by boat, there's no excuse to miss it. Walks, groves and wildernesses was his landscaping ideas according to his diary. Extraordinary!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
(703) 780-2000

Arlington National Cemetery

Attraction | "Arlington National Cemetary"

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250,000 people, including veterans from all the nation's wars, are buried here. An average of 18 funerals are held here each day. While we were there, a black horse carrying a black coach, followed by multitudes of limos and cars, accompanied by military in dress proceeded past us. This is where JFK is buried and his memorial is quite moving. Acres and acres of white tombstones, interspered with cherry blossom trees, American flags, and overshadowed by the Washington monument in the background, give a sense of finality coupled with history.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

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

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Attraction | "Korean War Memorial"

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The theme "Freedom is not Free" is depicted in the nineteen battle-clad, stainless-steel troopers, created by Frank Gaylord, warily venturing into the open and heading for a giant American flag. It is particularly moving at night. To their side is a black granite wall, designed by Louis Nelson Associates, into which are etched the faces of more than 2,500 support troops, taken from photos. It's a sea of memories and lives lost in defense of our freedom. Located across the Mall reflecting pool from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, it was unveiled in 1995.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

Korean War Veterans Memorial
French Drive SW
Washington, D.C., United States 20024

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Attraction | "The Vietnam Memorial"

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Maya Ying Lin, a Yale University architect student, designed "The Wall". 58,000 names are etched into it, and there are books to look up the names of those you know, which tell you where their names are located. Many make tracings to take back home with them. We found our friend, Carl Renisis's name there, and made an etching to bring home to his sisters.

Eleven years later, the Vietnam Women's Memorial was added nearby. Two uniformed womaen are caring for a wounded male soldier in a sculpted piece that portrays the agony coupled with the compassion war brings. Glenna Goodacre was the sculptor, and the victim, tossed on a heap of bags, features the horrors of war.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

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

Jefferson's Legacy: The Library of Congress

Attraction | "The Library of Congress"

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A magnificent building, housing the Declaration of Independence penned by Thomas Jefferson. It is a line tour, and there is no time to ponder much- you are expected to keep walking so all can view it. It is behind glass cases. The sculpture that fronts the grand staircase was designed by Philip Martiny. It depicts a female holding a lighted beacon raised skyward. The building is ornate, with massive pillars, inlaid marble floors, and arches with plenty of scrolls decorating their sides. It IS neat to see what you always studied in history classes, in Tom's own spidery handwriting!!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

Jefferson's Legacy: The Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, D.C., United States 20540
(202) 707-5000

Lincoln Memorial

Attraction

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Daniel Chester French designed the nineteen-foot tall statue that is the centerpiece of the memorial to Abraham Lincoln. The architect who designed it, Henry Bacon, envisioned it to be a beacon, visible from many corners of the city. Brilliant it is vast whiteness, this statue, reached by many steps, has a stunning effect. On either side is Abe's penned words engraved in tablets. He is sitting, gazing solemnly over the views, his brows knitted in contemplation. His hand gripping the chair rail, is so lifelike. It is a humbling piece of work that captures a patriotic feel and sense of awe. Not to be missed!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

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

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Attraction | "Smithsonian Museum of Art"

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I have been to the Louvre & Musee d'Orsay, to the Sistine Chapel, to the Uffizzi Gallery & Galleria dell' Accademia, to the Metropolitan Museum, to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, art museums in Chicago, San Francisco, and St Louis, so having been around the block, I can tell you that this is one of the BEST. It has wondrous pieces that make you feel like you have walked into an enchanted rain forest with majestic palms, you almost hear the parrots screeching, this from the Hudson River school of illuminists. Edward Hopper's "People in the Sun" is another example of American art we can be proud of. Andra Del Castagno's "David" on leather, complete with the bloodied head of Goliath is part of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 21, 2001

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