Washington, D.C. Journals

Adventures in D.C.

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A May 2001 trip to Washington, D.C. by Adventures With Adam

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Quote: A look at several smaller but interesting museums and the more recent monuments. Also: dining in Adams Morgan; jogging the mall; and finding a great hotel deal.

Adventures in D.C.

Overview

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It had been several years since my last D.C. trip. Despite having been there several times before, I had missed visiting several major museums in this museum-rich city. Also, two major memorials -- the Korean War and F.D.R. tributes -- had since opened. So I figured it was time to return. My visit fell on the Memorial Day holiday, when many families and school groups visit. It also marks the weekend of the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally, which brings in loads of Vietnam vets on Harleys and many sympathetic cycling enthusiasts. The rally closes down many streets for the day, so if you drive, beware. Getting around town on foot is probably easier anyhow and allows you to see much more. Fo...Read More

The Quincy

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Hotel | "Lincoln Suites"

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If you don’t get invited to stay in the White House’s Lincoln Bedroom, you might check into the Lincoln Suites on L Street between 18th and 19th Streets. Situated in DC’s Golden Triangle business district, the hotel is not particularly close to any major attractions, but it is not far from anything either. A quick walk can take you to either the restaurants and shopping of Dupont Circle or to the White House, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Mall. The best part is its proximity to the Blue Line Metro station at Farragut West, which makes the trip in from National Airport a 20-minute breeze. (And a bargain, too, at only $1.10.) The lobby at the Lincoln Suites looks very simple: four lounge chai...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2001

The Quincy
1823 L ST NW
Washington, United States 20036
202-223-4320

Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Adams Morgan is arguably the most interesting D.C. neighborhood for dining. Walk up 18th Street and you’ll discover Thai, Malaysian, and a number of Ethiopian restaurants. I chose Meskerem and wasn’t disappointed. Meskerem, the menu explains, is the Ethiopian month equivalent to our September. It signifies the beginning of the spring rains that turn the landscape green -- a happy time in an arid country. On the restaurant’s walls, African instruments and paintings depicting Ethiopian village life hang, adding to the atmosphere. For the most authentic experience, ask to sit upstairs, which features both Ethiopian-style basket tables and low stools. I began my meal with vegetable sa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2001

Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant
2434 18th Street North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
(202) 462-4100

Phillips Collection

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Attraction

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A visit to the Phillips Collection doesn’t feel like a typical museum excursion: it’s more visiting an acquaintance who lives in a really nice house and happens to own a lot of great paintings. The old Phillips family home in an attractive residential neighborhood off Dupont Circle, houses this collection painting, most of which ranges from 1840 to 1940. After paying your $7.50 admission at the front door, proceed into the room on the left, featuring French painters from the mid-nineteenth century such as Ingre, Delacroix, and Courot. Honore Daumier’s stirring "Uprising" stands out in this gallery. Further down the hall, in the large, almost-Gothic billiard room, enjoy the two Marsden Hartle...Read More

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Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-2151

Corcoran Gallery of Art

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Attraction

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Unlike the more intimate Philips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery - with its marble edifice and huge lobby -- feels like a real museum. Though it presents a survey of western art from the late 18th century on, the Corcoran’s greatest strength is its American collection, especially painting from 1850 to 1930. Here, you will see some historically significant portraits of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart and Rembrant Peale, as well as works by Winslow Homer, Eastman Johnson, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent and James MacNeill Whistler. Two large canvases dominate the central gallery on the second floor: Frank Church’s churning, powerful "Niagara" and the epic "Last of the Buffalo" by Church...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2001

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th St Northwest
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 639-1700

Monument Run

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Attraction

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With miles of paths and paved walkways, D.C.’s mall offers joggers the opportunity to get their exercise and see some sights at the same time. The city’s most prominent monuments and memorials line the west end of the mall, and a four-mile loop allowed me to see all of them. From my hotel at 18th and L Streets, I headed over to 17th Street, then down past the White House and the impressive, Beaux Arts Old Executive Office Building. Continuing south, I crossed Constitution Avenue and entered the mall, which stretches from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial on the banks of the Potomac. Turning right on a path paralleling Constitution, I soon arrived at the Vietnam War Memorial. This...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2001

Monument Run
The Mall
Washington, United States

Monument Run

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Attraction | "Monument Run, Part 2"

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After leaving the F.D.R. memorial (see Part 1), continue counterclockwise around the Tidal Basin -- which, up close, is disappointingly murky and dirty. You’ll come to the Jefferson Memorial, considered by many to be the most beautiful structure in D.C. Here, however, as in the Lincoln Memorial, it sounds like a cocktail party, despite the signs requesting quiet. Still it’s worth a few moments to reacquaint yourself with Jefferson’s words, written upon the walls here. Next stop after circling the Tidal Basin, the Washington Monument towers over the mall and just about everything else in D.C. (By law, no building except this stands higher than the Capitol, preserving the low-rise skyline here...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2001

Monument Run
The Mall
Washington, United States