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Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?  
User currently offlineNWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3386 posts, RR: 9
Posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11839 times:

Hi All--

I have some serious time to kill on Friday at DCA. Is there anything in the airport worth checking out?

Thanks in advance!

[Edited 2007-11-14 19:39:43]


"Nothing ever happens here, " I said. "I just wait."
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User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11836 times:



Quoting NWAESC (Thread starter):
serious time

2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, a day, week, presidential term??



"Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?"
User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11831 times:

Try tapping your foot in the Men's Room...

User currently offlineNWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3386 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11823 times:



Quoting Boston92 (Reply 1):
2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, a day, week, presidential term??

4 hours.

Quoting Comorin (Reply 2):
Try tapping your foot in the Men's Room...

Wrong team. Thanks, though.



"Nothing ever happens here, " I said. "I just wait."
User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11812 times:



Quoting NWAESC (Reply 3):

If it wasn't November, and if I had a few more hours...I'd play a round of golf Big grin

Sorry for not being helpful at all  Smile



"Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?"
User currently offlineCitrusCritter From Pitcairn Islands, joined May 2007, 1098 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11799 times:

There's a museum there. Never had a chance to go in it. I know you can access it from Terminal A, not sure about B/C...might have to take the bus to A if you're on B/C.


TLH
User currently offlineIlovepabst From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11783 times:

I thought maybe you were a serial killer from your title!

User currently offlineATAIndy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 606 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11771 times:



Quoting Ilovepabst (Reply 6):
I thought maybe you were a serial killer from your title!

Report NWAESC to the TSA, we have a national security threat on our hands...  Big grin



Boiler up! - Next flights: IND-DFW-AUS, AUS-DFW-IND
User currently offlineNWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3386 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11763 times:



Quoting Ilovepabst (Reply 6):
I thought maybe you were a serial killer from your title!

That's pretty funny! LOL.

Just the same, I changed the title.



"Nothing ever happens here, " I said. "I just wait."
User currently offlinePlateMan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 923 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11754 times:

Four hours is a lot of time, but there is not much to do at DCA.

There are the normal airport restruants (Fridays, etc.)

One thing to consider is possibly taking the Metro somewhere. It does run to the airport and only two stops away is a big shopping mall (Pentagon City.)

Also, DCA is full of windows so you could just planewatch for a while.

Hope that helps.

Brian

[Edited 2007-11-14 19:43:20]


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User currently offlineIADCA From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1274 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11754 times:

Walk over to Gravelly Point and enjoy the TOs and landings. There's a bike path that connects the terminal/lots to the park, just upriver from the airport. There's also a nice vista of DC and the monuments from there.

User currently offlineGoAllegheny From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 340 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11734 times:

If the weather is decent and the planes are landing to the south, just exit the terminal and walk up the parkway about a half mile to the park along the river and watch the planes land. Or, take a cab and run into town to go to a museum. You're only 10 minutes from the National Mall by cab for about $16.00, or take the Metro from the airport (kinda slow off rush hour).

4 hours in that airport would be painful. Nice place, but small, and not much to do other than the museum, which I've never visited.


User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5414 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 11691 times:



Quoting CitrusCritter (Reply 5):
There's a museum there. Never had a chance to go in it. I know you can access it from Terminal A, not sure about B/C...might have to take the bus to A if you're on B/C.

If it's a nice day, you can walk from C/B to A easily.

If you want to be more adventurous, you could take the Metro (yellow line, no change of train) from DCA to L'Enfant Plaza and spend an hour or so in the Air and Space Museum, which is free. The big exhibits are out at Dulles but the in-town museum still is worth it.



I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
User currently offlineSNAFlyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 11680 times:

Take a nap!

But really, having just returned from DC myself, I'd have to agree that there isn't much in the way of "entertainment" at DCA. I guess it would depend on if you wanted to deal with the TSA again or not, as there are places around to visit (you can get downtown using the Metro or a cab) though I guess you'd have to go back through security hell once you got back to the airport.

Too bad you're not going to IAD, you could watch the airport operations from the Smithsonian's "ATC tower" or just ride around on the monstrous "busses" that transport you between terminals and planewatch... Big grin

~SNAFlyboy


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 11677 times:



Quote:
If you want to be more adventurous, you could take the Metro (yellow line, no change of train) from DCA to L'Enfant Plaza and spend an hour or so in the Air and Space Museum, which is free. The big exhibits are out at Dulles but the in-town museum still is worth it.

Dang, you beat me to it!! Actually, to me, the Air & Space Museum is the most awe inspiring site I have ever been to in my life.

  • The Wright Brothers airplane - not a facsimile, but the actual first plane to every fly!!

  • The Spirit Of St. Louis - Charles Lindbergh's actual plane!!

  • The Bell X1 - the first plane to ever break the sound barrier.

  • A lunar space capsule - something that has actually left our planet.

    Four hours isn't enough there - the place is amazing and leaves me speechless. And for me, that's a MAJOR accomplishment!!



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    User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5414 posts, RR: 7
    Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 11647 times:



    Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 14):
    the Air & Space Museum is the most awe inspiring site I have ever been to in my life.

    Sometimes we stuck-in-traffic locals forget how impressive Washington can be. It's nice to be reminded what a great museum the Smithsonian complex is.



    I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
    User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8897 posts, RR: 12
    Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 11624 times:

    Definetely head over to the Air and Space Museum. L'Enfant Plaza is a 5 minute walk from the museum, a 15 minute ride on the Yellow Line to DCA and trains run every 10-15 minutes maximum. Even if you're only at the Air and Space Museum for 90 minutes, it beats waiting at DCA.

    User currently offlineYegger From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 69 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 11592 times:
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    As many other have posted, a quick visit to the Air & Space museum would be a great idea. Another idea, if you have "a few" extra $$ to spend would be to go to the Ruth's Chrisssssssss restaurant in nearby Crystal City (less than 10 minutes in a cab). It's about 7-10 stories up an office building, and offers a panoramic view of DCA, the Potomac, and Washington DC almost as good as DCA tower. It's a great place for spotting, and you can enjoy a meal and/or drink while watching planes. I think they might also have a lounge area where you don't have to order an expensive meal?

    User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2013 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 18, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 11537 times:

    Arlington Cemetery is nearby to DCA too (a couple of stops on the Subway I recall). JFK's grave amongst other sights...


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    User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1421 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 11512 times:

    Sadly, there isn't much airside, other than spotting- most restaurants/shops are landside. There is a walkway that connects Terminal A with the B/C complex- from outside security, go to the very end of Terminal B- right by the dedicated DL Shuttle check-in desks, and there is a long, narrow corridor that connects the new terminals with A- it will put you in the old check-in hall, which is now totally abandoned. The museum is right there, up a short flight of steps. It is interesting, but only really good for killing 15-20 min tops. Taking the Yellow Line to L'Enfant Plaza/ NASM is a good idea- just remember to block off a good amount of time for security, as the lines there can get looong.


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    User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6372 posts, RR: 3
    Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 11400 times:



    Quoting NWAESC (Reply 3):
    4 hours.

    Plenty of time to take a cab down to the national Mall and back and clear security, but I wouldn't dawdle very long once there  Smile Pick out a monument of interest, but don't take a tour. The Jefferson Memorial is my wife's favorite, and the Lincoln Memorial is mine. You definitely won't have time to go to the top of the Washington Monument  Sad



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    User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
    Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 11387 times:



    Quote:
    Sometimes we stuck-in-traffic locals forget how impressive Washington can be. It's nice to be reminded what a great museum the Smithsonian complex is.

    Washington, DC, is to me a reminder of what mankind aspires to become. We become cynical with LOUSY leadership and relentless "me-first!!" politics, but a visit to the monuments to ideas WAY ahead of their time along with memorials to leaders who have sacrificed so much to advance freedom always makes me feel that there might be yet a glimmer of hope for humanity.

    If nothing else, get out of DCA, take the yellow line in, and at least walk the National Mall!!



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    User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1833 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 11361 times:

    You can take Metro to the mall and go to a museum, but be prepared to take a taxi back if Metro has delays - which isn't unusual. Remember to stay on the Blue or Yellow line if you go into DC.

    There are several good restaurants in the new terminal, lots of shopping, and the museum. I believe it's in the old part of the terminal. If nothing else fails, as mentioned earlier there are lots of windows for plane watching.

    If you're going outside, it's supposed to be cold here tomorrow.

    Enjoy your stay.



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    User currently offlineAirnerd From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 255 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 11324 times:

    If you're feeling like you've got plenty of time, I would definitely echo the recommendations to head into to DC proper and check out one of the museums on the mall or go for a walk.

    If you're feeling like staying in the airport, I was in a really great airline club there a few years ago. Maybe the Continental airlines Club Room? Anyway, it was upstairs in the old terminal, in the space that used to be the dining room. It has great big windows and very nice, original art deco styling. I think you can probably buy a day pass if you're not a member. Anyway, it was a really nice space.


    User currently offlineNWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3386 posts, RR: 9
    Reply 24, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11305 times:

    Thanks for all the replies!

    I think I'll get something to eat and check out Gravelly Point road if the weather's decent (As in not raining. Cold I don't much mind)...If it is I'll just take the Yellow Line in and ramble around. I've been to most of the "usual" haunts before, but think I might hit the Lincoln memorial again. I'd go to the NASM again, but the last 2 times I went it was an all day endeavour; I can't imagine just going for a little bit...That'd be like just "popping in" to the Louvre for a few minutes!

    Landside/Airside isn't a concern as I'm flying in and then meeting friends arriving later.

    Thanks again!  Smile



    "Nothing ever happens here, " I said. "I just wait."
    25 Post contains images MasseyBrown : Actually, I did that in October - only looked at the Egyptian section. It's supposed to be sunny tomorrow in the high40's, low 50's. Good luck.
    26 SkyGirl : I would say wave hi to me, since I spend a good bit of my off days down at DCA plane watching...but I'm out of town. so don't wave hi to me, lol.
    27 DeltaRules : I'd echo the ideas of going to at least Gravelly Point, if not the Air & Space Museum. Even if you only spend an hour at the Air & Space Museum, you c
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