Washington DC - United States

Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States. It is coterminous with the District of Columbia (abbreviated as "D.C."). The city and the district are located on the banks of the Potomac River and bordered by the states of Virginia (to the west) and Maryland (to the north, east and south). The city was planned and developed in the late 18th century to serve as the permanent national capital; the federal district was formed to keep the national capital distinct from the states.

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Brad :

I will be going to washington DC on may 26th for 2 days .What are the places to see in washington DC (would like to know in detail) ? Where should i stay in Washington DC ? Since i will be renting a car i can stay away from main city and save some $$$ on hotel bills....

Mark :
"Underneath the Lincoln Memorial."
miss.behaven2007 :
"i just got back from there with my school at east lake academe we went from may7 to may11 and we staded at the best western skyline and it was cheep.you can go see the space center ,the capital,Washington monument and there is all kinds of museums"
LittleBarb :
"Places to see in DC----White house (1600 Pennsylvania Ave), Lincoln Memorial, Capitol Building and inside in the Rotondra where presidents have laid in "State" prior to their funerals, Arlington National Cemetary---where MANY of our nations war heros are buried and famous dignitaries like JOHN F. KENNEDY. The Smithsonian Institute (HUGE "museum" of a little bit of EVERYTHING in the History of the USA---including such things as Fonzie's Jacket from the show HAPPY DAYS as well as artifacts from wars, politics, and MANY other exhibits). The Smithsonian will take up a LOT of time to visit but WELL WORTH it. There USED to be tours of PARTS of the White House but since 9/11, I'm not POSITIVE that they still have the tours... you don't get to see anything drastic (no oval office or war room but you DO get to see some of the rooms inside.. you might want to look online first for "WHITE HOUSE TOURS" if you think this might be something you'd want to see. As far as where to stay------be VERY CAREFUL---all of the "good hotels" are rather expensive... as you venture out on Route 495 I believe (connects to Route 95 which is the main route from JERSEY to FLORIDA)... you could get a better stay at a hotel or MOTEL. I was in Baltimore (one of the closest cities to DC) last year and paid $72 a night at a SUPER 8 MOTEL but it was a NO FRILLS motel.. you get what you pay for. You can try on the internet to find places in Baltimore, Alexandria Virginia (where Arlington National Cemetary is located)... check on the internet---you can USUALLY find good bargins for hotels/motels in and around DC...."
JaguarWoman :
"There are too many places to know where to start, especially if it's just two days. You don't say what your interests are, people who come to Washington as tourists generally go to the various museums of the Smithonion Institute... Natural History, American History, Art, Modern Art, Technology, Air and Space, the Zoo. There are other museums, like the Holocaust Museum, the Spy Museum, Native American and other museums and Art galleries, the Botanical Gardens and the National Arboretum. Then there are the monuments .. which are just that: pretty structures on pretty grounds but not much else to do with them but enjoy the visual and read their history -- Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam Memorial, WW II Memorial, to name the most obvious. Then there are the government buildings that give tours -- Capital, Treasury, FBI and of course the White House. There are various neighborhoods with different energies featuring restaurants and clubs (Capital Hill, Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Chinatown) depending on your interests. And there are certain areas a tourist should avoid. There are some fine hotels/motels in DC but if you are trying to be more economical I would stay in a hotel that is in Crystal City Virginia, or perhaps Rosslyn, Va since you don't know your way around enough to stay further out."
julietravelcaster :
"For two days, for a first time visitor I'd suggest you plan on spending a day visiting monuments, memorials and government buildings. You can start off at the Smithsonian metro, head west on the mall and visit the Washington Monument (get there early - 7:30 or so - to stand in line and get tickets to the top). Then head back along the mall to the Capitol (maybe tour it), take the tour if you like. You can visit the Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court (only open Monday - Friday) on this end of the Mall. Head up Pennsylvania Avenue past the FBI, the Navy Memorial, stopping at Freedom Plaza, past the Willard Hotel to the White House. After a nice dinner, go back to the mall and head West to the Lincoln Memorial, past constitution Gardens, the WW II Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Korean War Memorial. These are magical in the evening. You can cross and cut through to the Tidal Basin and see the FDR memorial, then around the Tidal Basin to visit the Jefferson Memorial. Or if you like and have the money take the Tourmobile Bus, which you can get on and off of all day. Second day, spend some of the time at a museum - pick a smithsonian museum you like: Air and Space, National Museum of the American Indian, Natural History, or one of the art museums devoted to Asian, African, Modern, or American Art. Go to the Zoo if that interests you. Visit one of DC's vibrant neighborhoods, like Chinatown (close in and easy if you pick American ARt), Shaw/U-Street, Adams Morgan or Georgetown. I cannot stress enough DON'T RENT A CAR. Driving in DC is very bad (2nd worst in the nation after LA), parking is rare, and the sights are both very close together and easily reached by public transport, which is much less expensive. If you stay in the city, or just outside near a metro station and ditch the car you will save money."
bubbls :
"There are a lot of hotels in the area. It just depends on how much you want to spend. I suggest you stay at one of the hotels in the Crystal City area or in Old Town Alexandria, which is a great place to eat and shop in the evening. It's on the waterfront and there's always something going on. Pretty safe area, too. Most of the hotels have free shuttles to the airport and to the Metro stations. I concur about not renting a car. Take the hotel shuttle to/from the airport and take the metro into the District. It's MUCH cheaper when you consider the cost of the rental as well as the cost of parking the car. You'll have a problem finding parking in DC, you'll probably have to pay to park it, and most hotels (although not all of them) charge for parking in their garages. As for tourist spots: The good news is that most of the museums and monuments are free and within walking distance of the metro. The National Mall runs from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol, and in between you'll find the Viet Nam memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Washington Monument, most of the Smithsonian museums, and the Botanical Gardens. The White House, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, National Archives, and other memorials and museums (Holocaust Museum, Bureau of Printing and Engraving -- money is printed here) are just a couple of blocks north or south of the mall. Just east of the Capitol are the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court. Nearby metro stops include the Smithsonian, L'Enfant Plaza, Navy Memorial, and Capitol South. (http://www.wmata.com/metrorail/systemmap.cfm) For information on the Smithsonian, go to. Note that the Museum of American History is closed for renovation. Tip: Most of the museums open at 10 am. However, the grounds of the National Zoo (part of Smithsonian and free) open at 7 am, and many animals are outside by 8 and this is when they are most active (and fewest crowds -- great time to see the Giant Pandas at their best). Nearest Metro: Woodley Park/Zoo or Cleveland Park on the Red line. For information on what do see and do, where to eat, nightlife, etc. I recommend you look at the Washingtonian Magazine (http://www.washingtonian.com/). If you are flying into Dulles or Regan National Airport, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of The Washington Flyer magazine at the airport. It's free, and it has some great maps of the area. There's a lot to see and do and a visit can be very economical, but very exhausting. Lot's of walking. I recommend that you look into taking the Tourmobile. (http://www.tourmobile.com/) These buses provide guided tours along the mall, stopping at most of the sites along the mall, plus the Capitol, White House, Jefferson Memorial, etc. You can ride it all day, getting on and off as much as you want. It also goes to Arlington National Cemetery. A single day pass is $20, or $30 for a 2-day pass. Another Tip: Go to the museums, Capitol, Library of Congress, etc., during the day, as many close at 5 or 5:30. The Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR, and other memorials are open until midnight, and some, such as the Viet Nam Memorial and Iwo Jima Memorial, are open 24 hours. Also, the Kennedy Center, which is open at night, has the Millennium Stage -- free shows in the main lobby area at 6 pm each evening. No tickets or reservations required. Nearest metro is Foggy Bottom, with free shuttles to the Kennedy Center. Do a little research and plan your attack. Good luck, and have fun!"
N@ :

what are the best places to visit at Washington DC??

Shay :
"My school went earlier this year, and I liked the World War II Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial"
JJ3 :
"It all depends on what you want and what interests you. I've heard the spy museum (http://www.spymuseum.org/) is supposed to be really good. I haven't been there yet but next time I'm in D.C., I will definitely check that out. Maybe when I pass through there on my way to N.C. for Thanksgiving. There's also the National Archives if seeing the original documents that built this country interests you. The Smithsonian is always a great place to go. Personally, I'd skip the White House tour. It was freezing cold when I went, stood on a long line, and just wasn't all that impressed with what I saw. The Washington Monument has a nice view from the top. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (http://www.nasm.si.edu/udvarhazy/) located outside of D.C. (near Dulles) is pretty good. Lots of aircraft inside including an SR-71 Blackbird, Concorde, and a Space Shuttle (although it is not one that went into space, it is actual size and quite impressive to stand next to). Some of the war memorials are also impressive to visit (Vietnam Memorial, WWII memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery, including the tomb of the unknown soldier). Here's another good webiste to find things to do down there (www.washington.org/)."
julietravelcaster :
"There are a huge number of things that you can do in Washington, but they basically fit in about five categories. 1. Monuments and memorials - Monuments to presidents, memorials of wars, various services, statues of people who served in Congress, who were great leaders, scientists (Einstein) etc. Many of them are, in addition to being importan memorials, architecturally or artistically, or historically very interesting (The FDR memorial is almost an art gallery - the Lincoln Memorial has become an historical site and a symbol of freedom to everyone.) 2. The halls of government - all of the federal government is centered here, and you can tour the Capitol and it's associated buidings like the Library of Congress and the Botanical Gardens, you can tour the Supreme Court, and the White house under limited circumstances. The National Archives, which stores the documents of our democracy. Also some federal agencies have tours of their buildings, or part of their buildings. 3. The Smithsonian Institution. One of the greatest museum organizations in the world, the Smithsonian offers about 16 museums in Washington DC on every possible subject from history to science, to art. Most of them are on the mall, but some interesting ones are off the mall. A number of them have great opportunities for kids. Remember that the National Zoo is a part of the Smithsonian. 4. Neighborhoods - I always include this when I am talking about DC - DC is not just a tourist destination, it is a city where people come to work each day, with it's own vivid culture, history and neighborhoods. Duke Ellington grew up in the Shaw Neighborhood, Adams-Morgan was founded during school desegregation with a mission to make this change in the way Americans live a success, and they've remained the most integrated, multi-cultural area in Washington. Georgetown has a history back to Colonial times, and incredible architecture to boot. Chinatown saw waves of immigrants, first German, and later Chinese, and provides wonderful inexpensive meals to the folks who are visiting the nearby Penn Quarter theatre district. 5. Everything else - gardens, historic houses, non-smithsonian musuems, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Parks, cruises on the potomac, the list goes on and on and on. Does that help?"
Tim :
"If you are a walker, I suggest taking a solid day (or two) to "do the mall" Air & Space / Smithsonian / Archives / Museum of Nat History / Library of Congress / Memorials / Congress / White House.... All within a daily walking-spree. But, please do not forget to look into the other things that DC has to offer: Restaurants, Shops, Theatres, Art, etc.... For food and pubs, always head NW from the mall, but don't go more than 5 to 10 blocks from the mall if you don't know the city. Things people miss: The National Building Museum, near the Law Enforcement Memorial, The Corcoran Gallery, Ford's Theater, The Einstien memorial (Near the Vietnam Vet memorial), National Botanical Garden (a ways from the mall, but worth the visit)"
sissybug :
"the common known places"
kylie m :
"dang theres so many go to tha lincoln memorial and ask a local theyll tell u everything its rele overwhelming"
TooCool :

what events are their to see this weekend in washington dc where can i go for free.

meg :
"world war 2 memorial Washington Monument National Archives"
dcgirl :
"The Taste of Arlington is this weekend and it's always a good time. It's an outdoor event (great weather for it) where all the local restaurants set up stands and you can buy small tasting plates and sample lots of different foods and drinks. The food and drinks are not free but they are not expensive, and it's free to get into the event itself. There's also live bands (they're free too) all day long. Take the Metro to Clarendon and you will be right there."

 

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Date: 2008-02-08 03:31:36

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Date: 2008-02-08 03:31:36

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Date: 2008-02-08 03:31:36

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coderbari
Date: 2008-02-08 03:31:36

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