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Old April 27th, 2014, 10:32 AM
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What To See In DC In A W/E

My son's HS band competition is in the DC area in a couple of weeks and I will be staying for a long w/e with my wife and daughter. Also will be w/ mother in law and sisters woohoo. Alex's band is staying in Bethesda and we are staying in downtown DC, other than the performance day we have some free time.


What would you DC guys recommend as far as must see attractions and decent family friendly food?


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Old April 27th, 2014, 11:47 AM
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All the museums. Natural History and Air and Space are favorites. I'd also recommend renting bikes through capital bike share and seeing all the monuments as well. My daughter ran the Nike half marathon this morning which started on Pennsylvania Ave and past by all the monuments. We rented bikes which allowed us to see her 4x during the race and at the finish line. Excellent bike system and bike-able town.

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Old April 27th, 2014, 11:58 AM
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If you have a car, skip the touristy Air and Space on the mall and go to the Udvar Hazy near Dulles. 100% worth the drive. Oh, and if you have allergies, bring meds with you. Everything is popping now.
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If you have a car, skip the touristy Air and Space on the mall and go to the Udvar Hazy near Dulles. 100% worth the drive. Oh, and if you have allergies, bring meds with you. Everything is popping now.
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Or if you're ever flying in/out Dulles, allow a few hours to cross the street to the Udvar-Hazy...


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The Archives to see some of the greatest documents ever written. The Capitol tour is very interesting.
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The Tune Inn for reasonable food. Check it out on Diners, Drive ins and Dives.
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Bens Chili Bowl?

Spy museum?

Holocaust museum ( can stop by and say hello to Ren Ching).

Fords theatre? - see Lincoln's blood stained death pillow!!!

Pentagon 911 memorial?

Ultimately - the simplest and biggest bang for time spent is what Clay said - rent bikes and hit every really great monument on the mall; from Lincoln to Jefferson from all the war memorials to even the new MLK monument. It may be "touristy" but it is a solid move with lots to see.

Also x 10M about the allergy meds. It's is really pretty with flowers in bloom. Lots of crowds and lots of pollen.
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Thanks guys.
We are flying in a day ahead of my inlaws, what would you all recommend for a "date night" type of restaurant? We will be carless until they arrive, and after that it's gonna get ugly, real fast. Biking is definitely on the agenda, at least mine.
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Someone did a thread here previously (under Misc Chit Chat I believe) that covered DC sights pretty well.
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Holocaust museum ( can stop by and say hello to Ren Ching).

Fords theatre? - see Lincoln's blood stained death pillow!!!
Definitely....good for HS age kids.
Carefull with the younger ones...mainly beacuse ren ching might scare the little kids...



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Thanks guys. We are flying in a day ahead of my inlaws, what would you all recommend for a "date night" type of restaurant? We will be carless until they arrive, and after that it's gonna get ugly, real fast. Biking is definitely on the agenda, at least mine. Ed
My DC date restaurant always ends up as Rosa Mexicano.
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My DC date restaurant always ends up as Rosa Mexicano.

+1 for Rosa Mexicano and I'll add Founding Farmers

http://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/washington-dc/

and The Hamilton

http://www.thehamiltondc.com/

and BlackSalt or Pearl Dive

http://www.blacksaltrestaurant.com/

http://www.pearldivedc.com/intro

or Clyde's

http://www.clydes.com/gallery-place

or Old Ebbitt Grill

http://www.ebbitt.com/
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you could always visit the site of the NOVA happy hour...Kilroys. J/K
X10 on the biking in the area. Well worth the time.
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