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Old 02-01-2016, 01:04 PM   #1
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Looking for advice for a DC trip.

So this will be a family trip with my wife and daughter.
Probably four days of sightseeing. We will be driving there from Michigan. We will be going in June. ( yes I know, hot and crowded)
The best advice I’ve seen on Trip Advisor is to find a hotel just outside of the city near a subway station and use the subway instead of driving in and out of the city.
Does this sound like a good plan?

I could stay even further out (like Tysons Corners) where the hotels would be cheaper but I don’t want to spend extra time riding the subway.

Also looking for advice for dinner/dinners near the main drag (Smithsonian and memorials)
I would like to see some of the old colonial style pubs maybe any famous ones.
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Old 02-01-2016, 01:32 PM   #2
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Re: Looking for advice for a DC trip.

Alvin, I would not stay way out in the Fairfax county. it has really nothing to offer except endless suburbia. Staying near a subway station is smart. My advice would be staying on the Virginia side in Rossyln or down a little in Pentagon City so you can hop over on major bridges (Uber or Cab) or take the Subway. I like the Rosyln area cause its near Georgetown. Those areas are close to all the Kids attractions/monuments as well.

If your looking for old colonial style stuff...look in Old Town Alexandria which is little farther south of Rossyln/Pentagon City area.
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Old 02-01-2016, 05:38 PM   #3
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Re: Looking for advice for a DC trip.

I definitely agree on not driving in and out of the city. Even though Metro is always having issues I always prefer it to driving in the city. If you want to stay close Rosslyn/Pentagon City/Arlington are good places, Alexandria as well although you will spend some time on Metro going in. Easiest way to get into DC is to take yellow line across the river instead of riding the blue line around. It will save you a lot of time but if you get on at blue line you will have to transfer. Also something to think about, Metro doesn't do day passes or week passes like NYC does, and if you are riding during non-rush hour there is a good chance you will experience delays.
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Old 02-01-2016, 05:57 PM   #4
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Re: Looking for advice for a DC trip.

I might be the only one but I think you should stay in the city.Parking is getting pretty bad in the city and this way you get to the hotel and park it,take a cab,uber,or metro to where ever it is if not just hoof it.Finding spots for dinner would be easier too but again that is just me.
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Old 02-01-2016, 08:33 PM   #5
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I might be the only one but I think you should stay in the city.Parking is getting pretty bad in the city and this way you get to the hotel and park it,take a cab,uber,or metro to where ever it is if not just hoof it.Finding spots for dinner would be easier too but again that is just me.
Not at $300.00 a night...no freakin way....
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:40 AM   #6
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Re: Looking for advice for a DC trip.

dc traffic is really bad and outside of paid parking garages, there aren't any spaces in DC, so metro is definitely the way to go.

metro does do day and week passes, not sure where mooby's coming from with that:
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not cheap though. i remember when day passes were under $5. getting old.

hit air and space, natural history, anything else is up to you. lots of people like the holocaust museum, but if you've watched a ton of the history channel (when it was 24/7 ww2 docus) there may not be much new there.

as for food, i can't really help there. don't eat at the museums though, unless $12 happy meals sounds like a good deal.

outside of DC there are a lot of great parks/hiking/boat stuff/etc depending on what you want to do.
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Old 02-04-2016, 12:22 PM   #7
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Re: Looking for advice for a DC trip.

1. walk M Street of georgetown. if the weather allows.

2. i have not been yet, but i heard the burgers at the Diplomat are really awesome. its in dupont circle, a good neighborhood to walk around. is the brickskeller still around, i used to go as a youngin, one of the places that focused on craft beer back in the 90s.

3. bens chili bowl is alright ...

4. ohhs and ahhs - down the street from ben's is awesome soul food. the best soul food i have had, hands down and ive had soul food from all over .. willie maes etc.



its a thin hole in the wall place and you might feel out of place but its awesome.

5. five guys burgers - i dont think they are up in michigan but this place has awesome burgers.

6. the capital grill or prime rib - really expensive so i highly recommend you do lunch, dont have to wear a formal jacket etc .... $20-30 for lunch entree like lobster, steak etc

7. nats game - if they are at home. you can get bens chili bowl there so 2 birds 1 stone.
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Re: Looking for advice for a DC trip.

I second that and if you want to do something a little expensive and VERY different, check this out:



The Russia House was so freaking awesome. We went with a group of 8 and said, "Hey, let's each do a vodka tasting!" What you don't realize is the tasting is literally a full SHOT of vodka. They lined up 5 (MAYBE 7?) shots of different Russian vodka in front of us and it was hilarious and delicious.

It feels like you're smack in the middle of Moscow. russiahouseloungedc
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Old 02-04-2016, 03:43 PM   #9
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Re: Looking for advice for a DC trip.

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dc traffic is really bad and outside of paid parking garages, there aren't any spaces in DC, so metro is definitely the way to go.

metro does do day and week passes, not sure where mooby's coming from with that:
Metro - Fares - Purchase - SmarTrip Card & Pass Options

not cheap though. i remember when day passes were under $5. getting old.

hit air and space, natural history, anything else is up to you. lots of people like the holocaust museum, but if you've watched a ton of the history channel (when it was 24/7 ww2 docus) there may not be much new there.

as for food, i can't really help there. don't eat at the museums though, unless $12 happy meals sounds like a good deal.

outside of DC there are a lot of great parks/hiking/boat stuff/etc depending on what you want to do.
Whoops, it appears I'm wrong on that. I had no idea they were doing that, last time I looked (admittedly it was years ago) I couldn't find anything and I never heard an announcement about it so I assumed wrong.
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Old 03-10-2016, 10:27 AM   #10
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Re: Looking for advice for a DC trip.

Apparently this trip is turning into a elaborate reason to get some Georgetown Cupcakes.
Are they that big of a deal out there?
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Re: Looking for advice for a DC trip.

Is that like code for....cheerleader?
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Re: Looking for advice for a DC trip.

Georgetown Cupcakes is overrated. Sprinkles down the street is better. This coming from a fat kid.
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Re: Looking for advice for a DC trip.

Personally I highly recommend both the International Spy Museum and the National Portrait Gallery
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Re: Looking for advice for a DC trip.

Heading down to the motherland for an overnight tomorrow. Staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Georgetown. If I see Bruce Allen im going to egg him. ✌️
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Heading down to the motherland for an overnight tomorrow. Staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Georgetown. If I see Bruce Allen im going to egg him. ✌️
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