Monday, October 06, 2008

Say you have some extra hours to kill while you're in DC for your friend's wedding and you've never been to DC before and you're staying right next to a Metro stop. Where would you go on Friday evening? Sunday afternoon? What about the hours between the afternoon wedding and the evening cocktail hour on Saturday?

ETA: Oh you people are chock full of info. It should be pretty exciting to see all this stuff the weekend before the election.

10 comments:

  1. It has been a loooong time since I lived in DC. There was an Ethiopian restaurant I really liked in Adams Morgan, but I can't remember the name and it now appears there are several there. There was also a Ghanan place I liked. I think this is it (http://www.ghanacafe.com/menu.asp). If it is, it has gotten way more expensive BUT how often do you get Ghanan food? Other awesome DC things are the National Zoo and the Bug Zoo at the Museum of Natural History. My favoritest thing, though, is to walk around the monuments at night. Lincoln, FDR, Jefferson and the Korean War Memorial are all amazing after dark.

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  2. I agree with a lot of what Laurie said though, particularly about the museums and walking around the city at night. The museums and beauty of the city itself sometimes get overlooked because they are so familiar.

    There are some fantastic shops all around DuPont Circle. There is also, behind the large building called One DuPont Circle, a small triangular patch of ground in the middle of a weird intersection called Sonny Bono Park (New Hampshire Ave, 20th St, and O St).

    Eastern Market is a treat as well for killing some weekend time. I went to EM Saturday morning and walked from there to the Capitol building and botanical gardens, strolled around the National Mall a bit, and then hung out in the Museum of Natural History for a couple of hours.

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  3. DC is really special and there is plenty to do and see and eat! I say that even though I've grew up close to DC and am so familiar with it that it is easy to take it all for granted. The special thing about DC is that so much of the sightseeing is free--you can go to the Smithsonian, or the National Zoo (hint: go see the pandas if you get a chance--it's really special to get to do that). There are many, many museums. Touring the monuments is also pretty amazing: Lincoln, Jefferson, etc. I love the Jefferson Memorial and its Tidal Basin. Also, have you thought about going to Georgetown? There are a lot of cute shops and restaurants and coffee places. Not sure where you will be, but you will probably want to stick to the main areas where the museums and monuments are, or Georgetown, or Dupont Circle, or Adams Morgan areas. Also, there are things like the Newseum, the U.S. Mint, and National Archives, which I believe have tours. Some of my favorite galleries, are the Corcoran Gallery/Corcoran Institute of Art, Freer Gallery, and Sackler Gallery. It's been a while since I've been to DC now, but if the Washington Monument is open, you can always take the elevator to the top and enjoy the view. I would probably not venture out to Northeast in particular, since that area is rougher. All in all, have FUN!!!

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  4. Yes to the bug zoo @ Natural History Musuem, yes to the cute bookstore in Dupont Circle (I don't remember the name, but it's right off the metro), yes to the Corcoran. Also, I love both the National Zoo and the Newseum, but both are kind of off in their own areas. I've heard good stuff about the new(ish?) American Indian museum on the Mall, but I've never gone.

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  5. I haven't been there since 8th grade but I spent many hours at The National Gallery. They have some awesome Van Eyck pieces. You will also be impressed at how clean and efficient the metro is.

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  6. You'll be oh so close (4 hrs...) to me - how neat. This is just a warning that I'm coming back later to give suggestions, a placeholder comment if you will

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  7. The cute bookstore y'all are thinking of is probably Kramerbooks. Love that place.

    The Spy Museum is also terrific (but not free).

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  8. An amazing but sobering experience is the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Go when you have 2-4 hours. It's incredible.

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  9. I liked the Smithsonian, the Washington Monument, and seeing the White House. I think the lame tourist attractions rule and should be seen by everyone. I found it to be theraputic in terms of washing away a couple years of political cynicism. And, you can get freeze-dried icecream at the Smithsonian gift shop...

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  10. Please deliver my letter to the president. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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