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User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2867 posts, RR: 6
Posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1792 times:

Well has anyone ever been there? I'm just trying to find out if its really worth the 3 hour drive there. I would LOVE to see all the aircraft that are there, but I'm not totally sure about going though. Any experiences?

http://www.nasm.si.edu/museum/udvarhazy/


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User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1787 times:

I took my son there a year or so ago, and it is a wonderful facility. Definately worth the drive for a proper A.nutter!

Seriously, it is a great place. Check out Concorde, the space shuttle Enterprise
(I never knew those things we so huge!) and hundreds of other awesome aircraft. Go up in the tower and watch IAD traffic landing on 1R and 1L. Better yet, hang out in the parking lot and get some fantastic shots of approaching heavies. We even stopped on the access road, right under the approach lights and got our hair blown around by 767's and 777's. I don't recommend hanging too long though. You wouldn't want to upset the local law enforcement.

Have a great time if you choose to go!

Russ



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User currently offlineAAFLT1871 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2333 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1775 times:

Well worth the trip, I would leave out from Deleware around 6 or 7 in the morning, getting you to IAD around 9 or 10, spend a few hours going through the museum, stopping to enjoy and take in the beauty that is around you, then grab lunch at the McDonalds inside, then head out to catch the European arrivals as they start coming in early afternoon. Now with colder weather coming up, and holiday shopping, I might wait until springtime to take this trip, just for the warmer weather and less traffic.


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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1766 times:

I would combine it with some other stuff. The Manassas Battlefield is right there and is an interesting history lesson. I've been to the museum and it is good for a couple of hours and then you could head over to the battlefield. Other than the afternoon European arrivals you're just going to see tons of United. Have you considered making a long weekend out of it and visiting the other Smithsonian museums down on The Mall?


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User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2867 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

Quoting AAFLT1871 (Reply 2):
catch the European arrivals as they start coming in early afternoon

sounds nifty. I actually haven't seen many international planes up close before so that is a nice treat.

Oh, and I'm not worried about the weather. The cold is fine, I just need a day out of the rain so the trusty car doesn't stall  sigh 



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User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2867 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 3):
The Manassas Battlefield

Interesting, In a huge civil war buff too, I wouldn't mind that

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 3):
visiting the other Smithsonian museums down on The Mall

Well, Living near DC for 17 years, you sort of get tired of the same old same odl at the museums, lol



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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3701 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

3hrs isn't too bad a drive and the museum is superb! The tour guides are pretty good on the whole, although my chap seemed to be rather biased against Concorde and didn't seem too hot on the detail regarding it either.  Sad He seemed rather knowledgeable about everything else though...

A Trip To The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (w/pics) (by Fbgdavidson Mar 28 2006 in Trip Reports)

If you are concerned about the drive do a couple of things:
1) Consider an overnight stay. The Hilton Washington Dulles have an Air & Space Museum package, and their shuttle will take you and drop you off at the museum for nothing. I'm not quite sure what the package entails as I haven't done it but I'd have thought the shuttle would drop you off and pick you up anyway! The wife and I stayed here and went to the Museum on Saturday and then to Georgetown on Sunday.

2) Plan a layover at IAD if it is viable, or go early before a flight.



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User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2867 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1754 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 6):
Consider an overnight stay

Nah, but thanks for the info. Its going to be a day trip, but Im glad you mentioned that. I have a friend that is coming over this way and the hotel is a great idea, thanks.



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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1750 times:

Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 5):
Interesting, In a huge civil war buff too, I wouldn't mind that

You're also a short drive (maybe an hour or so) from Harper's Ferry and Sharpsburg (those Yankees called it Antietam.) Both are excellent visits with Sharpsburg looking almost like the day they left it.



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User currently offlineAdopim88 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 2007 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1741 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 3):
Have you considered making a long weekend out of it and visiting the other Smithsonian museums down on The Mall?

I was in DC this past weekend, and just as an FYI, the American History building is completely closed until summer 2008 I believe  Sad
We also went to both Air and Space museums (the one in the Mall and Udvar-Hazy Center) Both were good. We didn't get to Udvar-Hazy Center until late, so we didn't get much time there. But there is a lot to see at both of them that is for sure.



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User currently offlineDw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1257 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1739 times:

Definitely worth the drive! I'm not sure how long you would be interested in visiting, but I'd be hesitant at at trying to pack something else in with the museum visit. Even someone with a passing interest in aviation can spend 2-3 hours there; a true enthusiast will likely spend most of a day. Combine that with your travel time and I'd say anything other than some spotting around IAD would be pushing what would fit into a day trip.


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User currently offlineBravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1737 times:

If I were you and hadn't been there, its a no brainer. Also see if you can coordinate the time with a good movie at IMAX. Its located inside the museum, if you have been to an IMAX theater you know what I am talking about and if you haven't, then I would say that particular experience itself (provided its a good movie like Adrenaline Rush or Space Station 3D) is worth any trouble. I just looked at their website, Fighter Pilot is showing there, its a great one too. IMO the best for the IMAX experience among those that are showing there.
I think others have said just about all I would have pointed to. Assuming you have decided to go: Hope you have a great time, do let us know how it went for you.
Best Regards,
Jawad.


User currently offlineConcord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1731 times:

I live in D.C. Every time we have guests come in from out of town, the Udvar-Hazy museum is one of the first places we go. I've been there about 10 times now.

It's free to get in the building, but parking is $12 per car. Since it's not really a place that you can walk up to, you're pretty much obligated to pay the parking fee.

When flights are arriving from the south, it's a GREAT place to watch arrivals and get some decent photos. There are many photos on a.net that have been taking from the museum's parking lot.


If you're going to drive 3 hours to get here, I suggest you do the National Air & Space museum on the national mall. It has fewer aircraft (although it does have 20 or so. One of my favorites is the Voyager, which Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager flew around the World non stop. The actual aircraft is hanging so low you can practically touch it.




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User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1728 times:

Quoting Concord977 (Reply 12):
I live in D.C. Every time we have guests come in from out of town, the Udvar-Hazy museum is one of the first places we go.



Quoting Concord977 (Reply 12):
I suggest you do the National Air & Space museum on the national mall.

And I'm VERY happy to say that I've been to both these places as a guest of Concord977. Definitely worth a visit to both locations.

Cheers!
Len



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User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2867 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1722 times:

Quoting Concord977 (Reply 12):
I suggest you do the National Air & Space museum

Been there at least 10 times, but marvelous nevertheless. The center is the only place I want to go to.



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User currently offlineAlfa75 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1660 times:

I drove about 5 hours and made it an overnight. I left after work and drove the first three hours and then drove home after visiting the museum.

Well woth the trip and am planning it again this winter.

I liked the tower, and watching the planes coming in.



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User currently offlineGoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1830 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1657 times:

You have to go. Very nice. I've been a few weeks after its opening to speak French to the concorde so far from home  crying   crying   crying   crying 

User currently offlineTomindc From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

As my username implies, I live in DC and really recommend the trip. I went there with 3 other friends, none an aviation nut as I am, and they all really enjoyed it. I'm just sorry you cannot go "inside" the Concorde.

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