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Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:21 am

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]
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RE: Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:23 am



Quoting NWAESC (Thread starter):
serious time

2 hours, 4 hours, 10 hours, a day, week, presidential term??
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RE: Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:25 am

Try tapping your foot in the Men's Room...
 
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RE: Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:26 am



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.
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RE: Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:28 am



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
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RE: Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:32 am

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.
 
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RE: Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:36 am

I thought maybe you were a serial killer from your title!
 
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RE: Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:38 am



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
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RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:40 am



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.
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RE: Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:43 am

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

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RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:43 am

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.
 
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RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:48 am

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.
 
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RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:08 am



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.
 
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RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:17 am

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

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RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:21 am



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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    Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:35 am



    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.
     
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    RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

    Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:47 am

    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.
     
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    RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

    Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:49 am

    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?
     
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    RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

    Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:21 pm

    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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    RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

    Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:53 pm

    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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    RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

    Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:41 pm



    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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    Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:49 pm



    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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    RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

    Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:01 pm

    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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    RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

    Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:38 pm

    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.
     
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    RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

    Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:52 pm

    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
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    Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:34 pm



    Quoting NWAESC (Reply 24):
    That'd be like just "popping in" to the Louvre for a few minutes!

    Actually, I did that in October - only looked at the Egyptian section.  Smile

    It's supposed to be sunny tomorrow in the high40's, low 50's. Good luck.
     
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    RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

    Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:41 pm

    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.
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    RE: Lots Of Time To Kill At DCA...Ideas?

    Sat Nov 17, 2007 6:04 pm

    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 can still pick & choose a couple of the exhibits you're interested in exploring before leaving again.
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