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Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:27 pm

Hey everyone,

I'm off to Washington on business in about two months, and am wondering (aside from the usualy sightseeing, smithsonian etc) what fun stuff there is to do there? I've done the tourist stuff before but want to branch out. Are there any local haunts that are worth a look? Any secret beltway bars that could help me bump into pundits and politicians? I'll be staying with friends in Georgetown - what's doing over that way?

Many thanks DC locals and enthusiasts!

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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:49 pm

Since you said you know about the touristy stuff and as you are an a.net member, I'm assuming you know about both the fligth museums out there, the Smithsonian on the mall, and the Udvar-Hazy at IAD.

Other than that, I don't know  Smile
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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Fri Nov 17, 2006 10:54 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Thread starter):
I'm off to Washington on business in about two months, and am wondering (aside from the usualy sightseeing, smithsonian etc) what fun stuff there is to do there? I've done the tourist stuff before but want to branch out. Are there any local haunts that are worth a look? Any secret beltway bars that could help me bump into pundits and politicians? I'll be staying with friends in Georgetown - what's doing over that way?

Have you really done "all" of the tourist stuff? One of the best things about DC is that with the exception of a few private museums, all of them here are free, and there are quite a few worth your while if you haven't visited them. The Smithsonian just reopened the National Portrait Gallery and Museum of American Art after being closed for renovation, and there is the new National Museum of the American Indian, and Udvar-Hazy Air and Space annex out at Dulles, and the National Gallery always has interesting visiting collections. I've never been to the International Spy museum, (fee required) but people who have say it's really good.

As far as bumping into politicos, it happens all over town. I've parked in the same garage used by Wolf Blitzer (really short, by the way), and stood behind Barney Frank waiting to order a sandwich at the Breadline.

Georgetown is full of decent restaurants, but the college crowd can get a bit overbearing at times. You want to see power brokers, you need to do lunch at their favorite restaurants around the White House, on Capitol Hill and downtown....

DC is full of neighborhoods with action, such as Adams Morgan, U street corridor, and even downtown around the Verizon Center.

Check out the Washingtonian Magazine web site. It might give you some good ideas.
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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Fri Nov 17, 2006 11:18 pm

If you are there Sunday I suggest going to Murphy's pub in old town Alexandria for a Irish breakfast, it was the highlight of my week when I lived there.
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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Fri Nov 17, 2006 11:25 pm

Quoting Venus6971 (Reply 3):
If you are there Sunday I suggest going to Murphy's pub in old town Alexandria for a Irish breakfast, it was the highlight of my week when I lived there.

Also, if you are a NFL fan, and it's still football season, try the Sunday brunch at Southside 815 in Alex Old Town. Good food, rowdy but fun crowd, and every NFL game is on a TV somewhere in the bar.
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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 11:34 am

Quoting QANTASforever (Thread starter):

I am not sure if you are a hockey fan, but the Washington Capitals have a few young players who are absolutely incredible. Your profile says you are in SYD, but if you have never seen an NHL game, especially in person, it is beautiful really. The skill those players have is incredible. I would buy a good ticket, in the $70 range as it will give you a better sense of the speed in the game. Be very wary of ticket scalpers. When I was in DC back in Jan, I was nearly issued a pair of metal bracelets for going this route.

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 2):
National Museum of the American Indian

As a Native Alaskan, this is a pretty good museum. Not so much native art on display as it is artifacts of the struggle of native people since 1492. Definatly worth the few hours it takes to stroll through.

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 2):
Udvar-Hazy Air and Space annex out at Dulles

My personal favorite spot. The Annex is awesome, but so is the original on the mall.

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 2):
International Spy museum

Well worth the money to get in. So is the Holocaust museum.

Regardless, have fun.
 
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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 11:37 am

One thing that people in the area seem to like to sit in traffic, and then drive like assholes. Maybe you could join in the fun.
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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 11:55 am

Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 5):
Well worth the money to get in. So is the Holocaust museum.

The Holocaust museum is free, but well worth the $1.25 or so convenience fee for not having to wait in line to get your ticket. Order online.
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Sat Nov 18, 2006 12:03 pm

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 6):
One thing that people in the area seem to like to sit in traffic, and then drive like assholes. Maybe you could join in the fun.

 rotfl  So true! Especially the ass*oles who get in the left lane of the interstates and drive under the speed limit. And if it snows, just a few flakes will bring out all the idiots who believe their four wheel drive makes them immune from wet and icy road conditions.
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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 12:52 pm

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 2):
Adams Morgan

Best restaurants in the District in Adams Morgan . . . you pick a cuisine, you can probably get it at Adams Morgan . . . a few nice places near Dupont Circle as well . . .

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 7):
The Holocaust museum

Must see.
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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 1:32 pm

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Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 2:46 pm

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 6):
One thing that people in the area seem to like to sit in traffic, and then drive like assholes. Maybe you could join in the fun.

 checkmark  Do a lap around the beltway. You will go one of two speeds: 70 or 0.

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 8):
So true! Especially the ass*oles who get in the left lane of the interstates and drive under the speed limit. And if it snows, just a few flakes will bring out all the idiots who believe their four wheel drive makes them immune from wet and icy road conditions.

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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 2:49 pm

I miss Washington DC.

* If you are an aviation buff like all of us, drive to DCA and watch planes take-off and land.
* Go to Kramer Books in Dupont and hang out at their bar with a book.
* Walk Embassy Row.
* Dance the night away @ Cafe Citron, Dupont
* Walk around the Capitol on Sunday and end up at the flea market (Eastern Mkt/Capitol)
 
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Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:04 pm

http://www.google.com/custom?domains...Fwww.ehow.com%3BFORID%3A1%3B&hl=en

http://www.tripadvisor.com/

These sites may have some useful information and tidbits. And, if you get the chance, travel to my alma mater University of Marlyand at College Park. This will be the heart of the mens and womens Terps basketball seasons. Also, this is a large campus with a lot interesting goings on.


http://www.feartheturtle.umd.edu/

Have a great time! And, if you visit the University, you have to have Ledo's Pizza which is right off the main campus on the west side.
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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:15 pm

Drop me an e-mail when it's closer to the date you are coming and perhaps I could show you around a bit...

Quoting Kiramakora (Reply 12):
Go to Kramer Books in Dupont and hang out at their bar with a book.

Yes!

Quoting QANTASforever (Thread starter):
Are there any local haunts that are worth a look?

I'd suggest Kramers...Is there any particular ethnic food you are looking for?

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 2):
As far as bumping into politicos, it happens all over town. I've parked in the same garage used by Wolf Blitzer (really short, by the way), and stood behind Barney Frank waiting to order a sandwich at the Breadline.

Indeed...Very common to run into DC's version of celebrities.

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 2):
Georgetown is full of decent restaurants, but the college crowd can get a bit overbearing at times. You want to see power brokers, you need to do lunch at their favorite restaurants around the White House, on Capitol Hill and downtown....

But a walk around Georgetown is still worth it. Especially some of those gorgeous sidestreets....
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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:59 pm

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 2):
The Smithsonian just reopened the National Portrait Gallery and Museum of American Art after being closed for renovation

Now that does sound absolutely fascinating. Those weren't open last time I was there.

Of course, I suppose I'll have to stick my head into the national air and space museum.

Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 5):
So is the Holocaust museum.

That place really moved me last time. That room with the shoes - I will never forget it.

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 8):
So true! Especially the ass*oles who get in the left lane of the interstates and drive under the speed limit.

Heh, probably an Australian getting confused. I remember the first time I drove in the United States I pulled out of a 7/11 in San Francisco and onto the left hand side of the road!

Quoting N229NW (Reply 10):
Get blown in the oval office by an intern?

I've heard all the action these days happens in the capitol.

Quoting RJpieces (Reply 14):
I'd suggest Kramers...Is there any particular ethnic food you are looking for?

Anything really. I know that DC is well known for its multiculturalism. I guess I'm a little wary though. I ate "Chinese" food in New York and Milwaukee last time and found it amusing that the waiter offered to explain what soy sauce was used for.

Anyway - these are great suggestions guys. Last time I was in the US I saw a baseball game, so I guess I should get to NFL. When does the season end? I may not be able to get there this trip, but I'm going back in February.

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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 4:29 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 15):
Anything really. I know that DC is well known for its multiculturalism. I guess I'm a little wary though. I ate "Chinese" food in New York and Milwaukee last time and found it amusing that the waiter offered to explain what soy sauce was used for.

Best unique ethnic food in DC is Ethiopian. Try MESKEREM in Adams Morgan.
 
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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 9:45 am

Foodwise the best restaurant in town, in fact in the world in my opinion is the Cactus Cantina just off Wisconsin Avenue near the National Cathedral. They have some of the best portions and the best atmosphere I have experienced in a restaurant.
There is also a Pizza restaurant next door which has had extremely good reviews but I havnt had a chance to visit yet.

National Cathedral is worth a visit as well if you are in to arcitechture.

There is also a little known aviation museum at College Park airport.
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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:19 pm

Quoting ConcordeMach2 (Reply 17):
There is also a Pizza restaurant next door which has had extremely good reviews but I havnt had a chance to visit yet.

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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 5:02 pm

One oft overlooked DC museum that is a lot of fun is the National Capital Trolley Museum. They have a nice collection of streetcars which includes a couple that operated in the DC area. Another thing to consider is visiting some of the Maryland museums that are located convienantly to DC. Baltimore is easy to go to with the frequent MARC and Amtrak train service. They have the Inner Harbor with three or four museum ships docked there. There's also the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum at Mt. Clare Shops-a quick walk from Camden Yards. Another nice maritime museum is located in St. Michael's.
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RE: Fun Things To Do In Washington DC?

Sun Nov 19, 2006 5:50 pm

Quoting RJpieces (Reply 18):
Two Amy's?

It is indeed 2 Amy's. And, if you end up doing CC/2A, make sure you get a drink @ the Zebra Lounge with their fireplace and smoking hot hostess.

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