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Old 08-24-2019, 01:56 PM   #1
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Staying at Andrews AFB to visit DC, suggestions?

DW and I will be staying at Andrews AFB FamCamp., to visit Washington DC for about 2 weeks in Sept. It's our first trip to DC and would like some pointers or suggestions about how to get around to see the sites. We have a toad but I really don't want to drive in such a heavily populated area. So if you have experienced a good trip to DC please share some do's & don'ts with us.
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If you are up to it I would strongly suggest renting bikes (bike share hubs). The walking distance between monuments is long. You will feel more willing to explore and can get out to the MLK Memorial, Roosevelt Memorial and Jefferson Memorial, etc.

The Holocaust museum is deeply moving.

I'm told you need to reserve tickets early for the African American Museum but I haven't been there yet to confirm.

Check out the city at night. It is beautiful.

Tour the Supreme Court and the Capitol. You might be able to tour the White House but check on line.

The AF Memorial is next to Arlington Cemetery and worth seeing.

Union Station is a good place to grab lunch if you are in that area at that time.

Consider using the Metro.

If you or your wife have walking limitations consider renting electric sit down scooters if you dont already have them. The DC sites are near each other as in the center of the city but they are STRETCHED out.

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Old 08-24-2019, 04:35 PM   #3
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Check out the spy museum, its a few blocks from the Navy memorial there is a metro stop there.
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I highly recommend using the Metro system. Drive your Toad to the nearest Metro station and park.
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Originally Posted by T00lman View Post
I highly recommend using the Metro system. Drive your Toad to the nearest Metro station and park.
Exactly what I was going to recommend.
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Old 08-24-2019, 07:42 PM   #6
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We took this two day tour at the beginning of our week in Washington DC. Then the following days we went back to the sites that caught our interest.

Parking in downtown DC is, let's say, difficult.

We stayed at Cherry Hill RV park where the city buses come to the campground. Made it very convenient.
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First time! Lots to see. First stop Arlington.Next Try one of those on and off Bus tours and you can take your time at each stop, also make the trip out to the Air & Space museum at Dulles it’s worth the trip and not as crowded as the one on the mall. We’ll be at Arlington on the 6th for a funeral, staying out at Bull Run. Bring your best walking shoes and refillable water bottle and sun screen and hats and sun glasses, pick what you really wants see because never see it all Just take time and enjoy what you can!

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X2 on using the Metro, the on and off tourist buses, and your own toad to go the Air & Space annex out near Dulles airport. Way bigger than the one downtown.

Andrews is close to a couple of Metro stations, so just consult some maps and strike out on your adventure. Every single one of the above posters are right because there is a lot to see and every museum, memorial, display, or government building is worth seeing. Prioritize your list and go for it!

Washington is becoming a true foodie destination, too.

My own biased suggestion would be to go see the WWII memorial at dusk to get the full effect of the lights and water. The Vietnam Memorial is truly moving when seen after dark as is the Korean War Memorial. The Holocaust Museum will touch your soul.

If time permits, the Pentagon tour is first rate, but you will spend a fair chunk of your time traveling and going through security. Another visit that is difficult to arrange and will chew up a bunch of your time is the White House tour.

Because I live here, I've played tour guide for family and friends many times over the years and I still have not seen it all. Hope you enjoy your stay.
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Old 09-25-2019, 02:04 PM   #9
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If you're still in or going to be in DC, I have a couple of suggestions.

First, contact your senator's office. They have LOTS of goodies they hand out to constituents like special tours, passes to hearings, etc.

Secondly, if you'd like to dress up for lunch just a bit, there is a staff dining room in the Castle Building. It's open to the public on a limited basis for lunch. WOW what a place to rub elbows.

Speaking of rubbing elbows, check out the Old Ebbitt Grill at happy hour. You'll need a playbook of who's who in DC politics.

Last, I have to recommend the National Museum of American History.

I would freely use taxies, Uber or Lyft to get around the mall area. You'll want to save your energy for the museums. They are a LOT farther apart than they appear.

Have fun! I'm jealous!
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If, per chance you do drive into D.C. while you are there, BEWARE of the signs on parking restrictions and times those restrictions are in effect. While visiting The Wall several years ago, I parked on the street very near The Wall. Signs warned of towing your vehicle if it was there after a certain time. I missed getting back to the car to move it by less than two minutes. The car had already been drug onto the grass next to where it had been parked and a hefty parking fine ticket was left on the windshield. Did not Make My Day!
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Re parking at the Metro lot(s). Do they fill up or are there usually spaces?
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USE THE SUBWAY once parked outside of the CITY. Check out the Capital and Lincoln memorial.

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