Washington, D.C. Journals

4th of July in the Nation's Capital

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A July 2008 trip to Washington, D.C. by azsunluvr

Washington Monument Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: Watching Independence Day fireworks at the National Mall in Washington D.C. should be high on the travel wish list of every American. No skimping on the pyrotechnics and patriotism here!

Best Western Pentagon Hotel-Reagan Airport

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Hotel | "Best Western Pentagon Hotel"

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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In my search for an affordable hotel near a Metro line, this one seemed to be what we were looking for. The hotel provides a shuttle from Reagan National airport and a shuttle to the Pentagon City Metro Station. Some reviews on travel websites were quite good; a few were terrible. It was in the price range I was looking for and because I had waited too long to reserve a place for this 4th of July weekend, I booked it.If friends asked for a hotel recommendation, I would probably steer them away from the Best Western Pentagon. It’s not that it was awful. It was clean. Our room certainly could have used some TLC, but housekeeping does the best they can with older facilities. The shuttle was h...Read More

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Best Western Pentagon Hotel-Reagan Airport
2480 S Glebe Road
Arlington, Virginia 22206
703-979-4400

Old Ebbitt Grill

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Restaurant

Washington, DC Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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"What’s with the geese?" my 17-year old son asked as he gazed up at the bird-in-flight above our table. Old Ebbitt Grill is decorated in the manner of a gentlemen’s club. Taxidermy, rifles, old books, statuary of hunting dogs and ducks, dark colors, dark wood. I’d been told that not only was it a great place to eat for a decent price, but you might even see a politician or two. I couldn’t say if there were any politicos dining that Sunday afternoon, but the food was very good, and the prices competitive.The guys were unimaginative in their choice of a cheeseburger, but they were very happy. Big, cooked to order, and plenty of condiments fit the bill for them. I tried the Southwest Chicken ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2008

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

Arlington National Cemetery

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Attraction

Arlington National Cemetery Photo, Arlington, Virginia
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The nearest metro stop to our hotel, the Pentagon Plaza, is just one stop away from the Arlington National Cemetery. After walking our little feet off for two days, I knew that the Tourmobile http://www.tourmobile.com/ was going to be our best option for this day, and at $7.50 per person, a great deal.The Tourmobile makes 4 cemetery stops: Arlington Cemetery Visitors Center/Women in Military Service for America Memorial, the Kennedy Gravesites, Tomb of the Unknowns (Changing of the Guard) and Arlington House/Robert E. Lee Memorial. Over 320,000 service members, from the Civil War to the present rest on this land. It’s a beautiful spot, 624 acres, across the Potomac River from the Lincoln M...Read More

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

Independence Day Fireworks

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Washington Monument Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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With ample choices for great viewing at or near the National Mall, we were pleasantly surprised at how uncrowded it seemed. The many security checkpoints around the Mall seemed to handle the crowd very well. We breezed through, with only one of us carrying a backpack, which was searched. Walking from the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station, we entered from 7th Street. Meandering west, we finally settled on a spot near the Washington Monument.Having flown over 2000 miles from Phoenix that morning, we were traveling light for a 3-day stay. We surely hadn’t thought to pack a blanket or towels to sit on the damp lawn. In fact, we hadn’t even thought to check the weather. Our very first purchase as we...Read More

Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD

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Fort McHenry Photo, Baltimore, Maryland
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Francis Scott Key was a young Washington lawyer when he was sent on a mission to secure the release of a friend held captive by the British Fleet during the War of 1812. Key and others of his party watched from a truce ship in the harbor as at dawn on September 13, 1814, the British began a bombardment of Fort McHenry lasting all through the day and night. Realizing that the fort was not going to fall, the British fleet turned around and headed for its next target, New Orleans. As the British ships sailed away, the morning guns were fired and a large flag was hoisted over the fort. As the light broke and smoke cleared, Key could see the huge, proud flag still waving and was inspired to write a 4-stanz...Read More

Monuments and Memorials

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Lincoln Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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How can you pick a favorite?The Washington Monument is recognizable around the world. Standing just over 555 feet high, it’s the tallest stone structure in the world. A flag of each of the 50 states surrounds the marble, granite and sandstone obelisk. Tickets to tour the inside were no longer available for the weekend we were there. They can be obtained in person (but sell out quickly early in the morning) or by going to http://www.reservation.gov and purchasing the normally free tickets online for a very small fee.Isn’t Abraham Lincoln the favorite president of every American child at some point? His marble memorial is stunning. Over 19 feet tall, this statue of the beloved presiden...Read More

War Memorials

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World War II Memorial Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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These Memorials are open to the public 24 hours a day. I highly recommend seeing them both in the daylight, and lit up at night. Park service employees are on duty during the day to answer questions.The WWII Memorial is simply beautiful. Brilliantly white columns, cooling fountains and a view of famous monuments to the east and west make it visually stunning. 400,000 men and women who perished and 16 million who served during this war are honored in this memorial. The Memorial was funded almost entirely by private donations. The Korean War Memorial statues of soldiers represent the Army, Navy, Marines and Airforce working together. A mural stands to their right, with sandblaste...Read More