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Topic: Looking At The Sites In Washington DC
Username: Silverfox
Posted 2004-09-26 11:48:29 and read 1515 times.

Arriving next Sat pm

It it worth driving in to do the normal tourist bit of Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, White House Capitol, or will i get my arse harressed off by the security people, just a quick vid and picture that i have been there

Any comments

And what are the speed limits on the various roads in PA, NY, OH, MI IL
and that bit of Canada between Niagara and Port Huron?

Thanks

Topic: RE: Looking At The Sites In Washington DC
Username: AA777
Posted 2004-09-27 17:03:35 and read 1497 times.

You should definitley go to all of those sights, they are gorgeously maintained, and very cool to go to. Also go to the World War II Memorial, and the National Museum of the American Indian. They both opened recently- the Museum just this week-- and it it gorgeous, the architecture and the museum itself is very nice. I highly recommend it!

-AA777

PS. most highway speedlimits are 65 MPH.... closer to the cities they come down to 55 mph though. Good luck driving on the RIGHT side of the road  Big grin  Big grin

Topic: RE: Looking At The Sites In Washington DC
Username: DesertJets
Posted 2004-09-27 17:39:04 and read 1487 times.

And don't worry about being hassled b/c you have a camera or camcorder. You wouldn't be the only one snapping pics of Abe or videotapping the Washington Monument. An afternoon walking the National Mall is well worth it. Going from the Capitol down the Mall past all the monuments and down the tidal basin to FDR and TJ will fill up your afternoon. Plus by the time you get down by the FDR and TJ memorials you can watch the planes in and out of National.

The speed limit on the provincial highways in Ontario is 100 kph... though nobody actually does that. 120-140 is pretty common in most areas. Just watch out for the OPP.

Topic: RE: Looking At The Sites In Washington DC
Username: Logan22L
Posted 2004-09-27 17:46:16 and read 1485 times.

Silverfox: Don't forget about the air and space museum at the Smithsonian - an absolute must. Haven't been in nearly 30 years, but it was great then and I'm sure it's even better now.

Logan

Topic: RE: Looking At The Sites In Washington DC
Username: Spinzels
Posted 2004-09-27 18:20:39 and read 1477 times.

I haven’t been on the Mall since last March (March ’04), so my information is about six months stale. I strongly recommend that you check out the National Parks Service excellent Web Page for more details, http://www.nps.gov/nama/

Lincoln Memorial: is still as accessible as ever for peds, very little security hassles. A wonderful place. Make sure to read Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address inscribed on the inside of the monument (on the North Wall—the side facing the State Department/Foggy Bottom). One of Lincoln’s best works, and a remarkable “apology” for the sin of Slavery.

Washington Monument: Is still fairly accessible. It is ringed by a heinously ugly wall of low concrete barriers, and a higher wall of concrete fencing on the street sides. But you can still walk up to it easily and take pictures. Getting into the monument itself now requires an advance (Free) ticket as well as a security screen. Tickets are only 9-5, so if you are there PM, no luck I guess. But check out the National Parks’ Service Web Page, above, for more details.

Capitol: This is real tragedy, you used to be able to walk right up the steps, now it is all fenced off. They are also in the process of building a new visitors center which adds a rather large amount of unsightly construction mess—on the East side of the Capitol. But you can still get fairly close to get detailed pictures. If you want to visit inside the Capitol you need to get a ticket at the tourist booths on the edge of the West Grounds of the Capitol, close the U.S. Botanical Garden. While you are at the Capitol take a short walk, Northeast, over to Union Station, that is also worth a look.

White House: Has never been very accessible (at least in my lifetime), but you can get closer than you would think. The only real visible side is the south side across from Lafayette Park, where you can take a pictures through the Fence.

Also, don’t forget the Vietnam Memorial (“the Wall”) and the Korean War Memorial, which are both close to the Lincoln Monument. AA777 also mentions the World War II Monument, this is half way between the Lincoln Monument and the Washington Monument (and in my opinion, a real eye sore); AA777 also mentions the Museum of the American Indian; I’ve not seen this in its completed state, but apparently it is very stunning now. It is close to the Capitol (relatively) on Independence Ave.

You didn’t ask about the Museums on the Mall (most of which are part of the Smithsonian) so I won’t go into that, but please do be aware that there are generally lengthy lines getting into these museums (for security purposes, they are all free admission) with the exception of the National Gallery which is blessed with three separate entrances, and so no long security lines. If you are interested in architecture, the best one is the Museum of Natural History (with its amazing beaux-arts foyer).

Parking in Washington is extremely limited and a hassle during the week (and I say that as someone who routinely parks on the streets of Manhattan). Is it possible you can park at one of the Metro stops and take the Metro in? Otherwise be prepared to pay $10-$20 for garage parking. The Metro is quicker too generally. Get off at M-Smithsonian and do a circle around the Mall bringing you back to M-Smithsonian. The Distance from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol is a little over two miles.

Washington, D.C. is a great town. Too bad you only have enough time for a quick trip.

Topic: RE: Looking At The Sites In Washington DC
Username: Silverfox
Posted 2004-09-27 19:55:21 and read 1461 times.

Thanks for all the info. We are due to drive to Niagara that evening, but i thought as i am so near Wash that it would be criminal not to take a look.
So the picture taking would be pull over out, the car(but standing next to it) out with the camera click click back in and on to the next one!!!!

Hopefully if i can pull a few strings we might have more time on the way back, but if not its the only chance we are going to get! I want to see Concorde again!!!!!
Thanks

Ron

Oh and how is the weather at the moment?

Topic: RE: Looking At The Sites In Washington DC
Username: Logan22L
Posted 2004-09-27 21:20:03 and read 1448 times.

Well, I'm in BOS, but I travel to DCA, and DC in early October is usually quite nice. Can be pretty warm still, although with all the tropical storms hitting the US this season, you never know what's going to happen. Up by Niagara, should be a lot cooler, but you should travel though some peak foliage along the way. Too bad you won't make it through New England...

Logan

Topic: RE: Looking At The Sites In Washington DC
Username: Slider
Posted 2004-09-27 21:29:19 and read 1447 times.

Silverfox: Don't forget about the air and space museum at the Smithsonian - an absolute must. Haven't been in nearly 30 years, but it was great then and I'm sure it's even better now.

Yes, NASM is amazing, and I would recommend also going to the expansion Dulles Center as well. It's on the opposite side of IAD airfield and is spectacular...

 Wink/being sarcastic

Topic: RE: Looking At The Sites In Washington DC
Username: NW747400
Posted 2004-09-27 22:00:34 and read 1436 times.

The Air and Space museum is a must. I was there in '03 and it was amazing. The Lincoln memorial is also very cool! The only bad thing I could find about DC was that you needed about two months to see all the sights instead of the one week I had!
NW747400

Topic: RE: Looking At The Sites In Washington DC
Username: Silverfox
Posted 2004-09-29 00:20:18 and read 1432 times.

So how do you think i feel with about three hours!!!!!!!!

Certainly looking forward to the drive 'oop north' i am even going to do a great deviation from Scranton through the Appalachians to St Marys and then head north from there.

Petrol dirt cheap and a car that does over 30 mpg, Its going to be an ecomony rental, like a small Hyundai Accent.
Mind it will make a change from my Volvo 22 per UK gall 160 oz as against 128 per US gal, or the Royce at 15mpg (and our petrol at the moment is 6.23 usd per gall,) but ii is slighthy bigger.


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