D.C.

We are so enamored with what is going on in Washington D.C. these days that we are going to take a trip there in May.  We plan on visiting the monuments and at least the Smithsonian Air and Space museum.  We may also visit the White House to say hey to the Donald.  We will be there for 3-4 days, what other things should we do while there?

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  • The various Smithsonian museums situated around the National Mall, especially Air & Space, American History and American Art, and if you're so inclined, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park (not downtown but free and fantastic)
  • National Gallery of Art & Sculpture Garden
  • Hirshhorn Museum
  • Holocaust Museum
  • National Postal Museum
  • Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial

If you're into art, the Phillips Collection is also very much worth a visit. A great collection of impressionist, modern and contemporary art.

Just echoing everyone else. 

-Major Monuments (Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam Memorial)

-Smithsonian: Air&Space Museum is an absolute must; National Archives is a good quick stop; Natural History Museum is high quality if you like that sort of thing. (And I suppose American History and Art, though I was never all that impressed with that one.)

-Holocaust Museum

-National Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden is great if you like art. And well located across from the Capital. Hirschorn is also great and right there. (I also love the Phillips Collection if you have time and desire.)

-National Zoo is also one of the better ones in the country. Free and nestled in an upper-middle class residential part of the city with two nice little strips about 3-4 blocks in each direction. Quick Metro ride. 

-Probably good to walk through Georgetown (M Street) for some food/shopping/neighborhooding.  It’s nice.

-Personally, I always enjoyed the National Geographic Museum. But it is small and not free. And obviously not at the same level as the Smithsonian. 

-Assume you are going to Metro/walk virtually everywhere except maybe going out to dinner. 

Thanks, sounds like its easy to get around.  Definitely would like to walk around where good food is after each day.  I assume the Holocaust Museum is very impressive given the multiple recommendations.  It really is hard to imagine what happened with Nazi Germany, not being of age.  Needs to be remembered by all.

thistlintom posted:

Thanks, sounds like its easy to get around.  Definitely would like to walk around where good food is after each day.  I assume the Holocaust Museum is very impressive given the multiple recommendations.  It really is hard to imagine what happened with Nazi Germany, not being of age.  Needs to be remembered by all.

The Holocaust museum is extraordinary. The event is unfathomable. 

Regarding getting around and walking around at dinner time... yes, between the Metro and the feet you’re mostly all good. Georgetown has no Metro stop so you have to walk from the Foggy Bottom Metro stop or else take a cab (/uber/Lyft/etc). For walking around after or before dinner, nowhere is as nice as Georgetown but #2 is Dupont Circle. From Dupont to Farragut Square on Connecticut, and 17th to the Mall from Farragut Square, and points west, NW DC was always perfectly lovely to walk around any time of night for me. (The Mall and monuments areas are also fully safe at all hours of night and in many ways the monuments seem more majestic at night to me.)

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