Washington, D.C. Journals

Off The Beaten Path Around Washington, DC

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A December 2010 trip to Washington, D.C. by MilwVon

Newseum Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: With just a few days to get out and about the DC Metro Area over the Christmas Holidays, we skipped the more well known museums and national parks and opted for some perhaps not so well known attractions in the area.

Ford's Theatre

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Attraction | "The New Museum is Open"

Ford's Theatre Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Last time we were in Washington, DC Ford's Theatre had much of their museum and exhibit space closed for renovation. On this visit to see their production of "A Christmas Carol" we were pleased to also be able to take in the museum located beneath the theatre lobby level.With a 2:30pm matinee, we arrived around 1:30pm which worked out perfectly. Due to the matinee show, the museum was closed to the general public allowing those with theatre tickets to spend time learning more about Abraham Lincoln and this historical site (part of the US National Park Service).Admittedly, the small space became a bit crowded with visitors; it was still worth the effort to see the various exhi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2011

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

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

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Attraction | "George Washington's Virginia Home"

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens Photo, Mount Vernon, Virginia
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I think back to growing up in Virginia, amazed that I cannot recall ever touring George Washington's Mount Vernon home. I am so happy that on this trip "home" I finally did what every American living in or visiting Washington, DC should go . . . made the effort to venture south of the city to the Potomac River escape that George & Martha called home.There is a lot to see here, especially with the addition of the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Educational Center. The orientation center also provides visitors with an initial overview which is very helpful in planning your time at Mount Vernon. Time spent there ends with a short 20 minute film telling a bit of the history of Washington...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 2, 2011

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

International Spy Museum

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Attraction | "Amazing Collection of Spy History and "Stuff""

International Spy Museum Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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When you mention the International Spy Museum to those who have attended, you will most likely get a "You must go" response. I know I did when I told folks it was on our agenda for this trip to Virginia. What I didn't take into account regarding this very popular museum was that school kids were not in school and the city was going to be filled with tourists also going to this "must go" destination. It was very busy, and at times, too crowded to fully engage with all of the exhibits found in this compact three floor museum. (NOTE: Exhibits are only on floors three and one, however.)Upon arrival, expect to have a line to enter the museum. Once inside the building, you will be swept to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2011

International Spy Museum
800 F St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
(202) 393-7798

National Air and Space Museum: Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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Attraction | "Don't Miss This Tribute to Aviation"

National Air and Space Museum: Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center Photo, Chantilly, Virginia
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I have been to the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC many times. Every visit has been a pleasure and learning experience. When I learned that they had opened another museum out in the suburbs of Virginia near Dulles Airport, I knew that I would need to make the trek west to see what was out there. On this trip, I was happy that it worked well into our itinerary; especially since my sister works out that way . . . we could piggyback dinner to the day.This museum houses a lot of mint condition airplanes and some space exploration vehicles and satellites, too large for the main museum located in DC. The first hangar was opened in 2003 and chronicles the histo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2011

National Air and Space Museum: Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
(202) 633-1000

Newseum

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Attraction | "Do NOT Miss This One!"

Newseum Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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A marvel of the 21st century, the Newseum opened to the public in 2008. I say this is a marvel because if you consider we are in the midst of the age of immediate 24/7 news and information. So to have a resource such as the Newseum that largely highlights the history of journalism from the early news print and radio days to the era of 24 hours a day news shows on cable TV and the internet is pretty special in my book.Perhaps I'm biased, but I felt that the 20 minute video "Press Box: The History of Sports Reporting" really portrays how telling the news has changed over the past hundred plus years. You don't need to be a sports junkie to understand the message or appreciate the evolutio...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 2, 2011

Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(888) 639-7386