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What to see

For information on exhibitions and events one can visit the washington post web-site; http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artsandliving/cityguide/ and subscribe for weekly updates by email. Also check out the calender of events on http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/calendar2532/calendar.htm

  • National Mall
    The Washington Monument
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    The Washington Monument

http://www.nps.gov/nacc/ Below is a list of the sights you will find on or near to the National Mall in DC


Washington Monument

http://www.nps.gov/wamo/home.htm
Location: 15th Street, SW (202.426.6841)
Metro: Smithsonian
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Korean War Veterans Memorial

http://www.koreanwar.org/html/korean_war_memorials.html
Hours: Open Daily 8 a.m. to midnight Closed: Dec. 25
Location: French Drive, SW
Metro: Foggy Bottom


Lincoln Memorial

http://www.nps.gov/linc/
The Lincoln Memorial is a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln and the nation he fought to preserve during the Civil War (1861-1865).
Metro: Foggy Bottom


National World War II Memorial
the National World War II Memorial
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the National World War II Memorial

http://www.wwiimemorial.com/
Location 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues
Metro: Smithsonian Metro Station on the Blue and Orange lines


Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is opened daily from 8:00 AM until 11:45 PM, daily except Christmas Day
Metro: The nearest to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the Foggy Bottom station, located due north of the memorial on the corner of 23rd and I streets.

Vietnam veterans memorial
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Vietnam veterans memorial


  • Smithsonian Institution

http://www.si.edu/

Smithsonian Institution building and castle

African Art Museum http://www.nmafa.si.edu/index2.html

Air and space Museum http://www.nasm.si.edu/

There is also a bigger part to the musuem located out near Dulles Airport. It can be reached by car or by a free shuttle which connects it to the main museum on the Mall.

American Art museum http://americanart.si.edu/index3.cfm

American Indian Museum http://www.nmai.si.edu/

Anacostia museum http://anacostia.si.edu/

Arts and industries museum

Freer and Sackler Galleries http://www.asia.si.edu/visitor/default.htm

These two galleries have some excellent exhibitions as well as some good live dance performances and concerts

Hirshhorn museum and sculpture garden http://hirshhorn.si.edu/

The museum and gradens have some superb and wacky sculptures and some excellent works of modern art.

National zoo http://nationalzoo.si.edu/default.cfm

Go see the new baby panda! the zoo is free and you will find a number of volunteers who know a great deal about the animals which you can visit

Natural history museum http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

A must see for any visitor to the national mall.

Portrait Gallery http://www.npg.si.edu/

Postal museum http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/


  • Museums

Corcoran Gallery of Art

The Corcoran

500 17th Street, NW Washington DC 20006 http://www.corcoran.org/

Open Wednesday to Sunday; 10am to 5pm Open Thursday: 10 am to 9pm Closed all Mondays except holidays Closed all Tuesdays

$8 - Individual $4 - Students $6 - Seniors

This is a nice museum but also hosts some excellent lectures and concerts. There is also a Gospel Brunch almost every Sunday.

International Spy Museum 800 F Street NW Washington DC, 20004 http://www.spymuseum.org/index_location.asp

All admission tickets for the International Spy Museum are date and time specific and are subject to availability. It is adviseable to book tickets in advance on-line.

Museum visiting hours vary throughout the year - check web-site for details

National Geographic museum http://www.ngtraveler.com/museum/ For really good exhibitions, concerts and films as well as the museum artifacts themselves.

The White House near the Mall
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The White House near the Mall


  • White House

http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/life/

Free public tours of the White House are available but requests have to be submitted through one's Member of Congress. Requests are accepted up to six months in advance. The tours are self-guided tours and are available from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays), and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis approximately one month in advance of the requested date. For more information see http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/tours/

Capital building
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Capital building
  • Capital Hill

The Capitol is open to the public for guided tours only. Tours will be conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Capitol will be open on all federal holidays except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information: http://www.aoc.gov/cc/visit/index.cfm

Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin
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Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin
Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin
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Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin

http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc73.htm

The tidal Basin is especially beautiful during flowering of the Cherry Blossoms in Spring time


  • C & O Canal

http://www.nps.gov/choh/

The C&O Canal follows the route of the Potomac River for 184.5 miles from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, MD. Excellent for walks, jogging, biking etc.....


  • Eastern Market

7th St. & North Carolina Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. http://www.easternmarket.net/

To buy everything and anything !! - different areas and aspects of the market are open different days and times (see web-site)

Open air Farmers line - http://www.easternmarket.net/index.php?id=farmersline Saturday & Sunday 8am to 6pm

Flee Market - http://www.easternmarket.net/index.php?id=exhibinfo Open every Sunday 10am to 5pm


  • Georgetown

http://www.georgetowndc.com/

Good shopping, food and night life, Georgetown is also home to many historical buildings, Georgetown University and the C&O canal.


  • Adams Morgan

18th street and Columbia http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/information2550/information.htm?area=2517

Home to some of DC's liveliest nightlife and some excellent resturants, bars, clubs, coffee shops, funky shops and live music. One can find resturants serving cuisine from all over the world - Ethiopian, Caribbean, Latin American, Vietnamese etc. Dont forget to take your ID with you as they are very strict on access into bars and clubs. For a good introduction to the area try following the Roads to Diversity: Adams Morgan Heritage Trail which is a self-guided walk around the area.


  • Arlington National Cemetery

Website

Hours
8am to 5pm (October through March)
8am to 7pm (April through September)

Getting around
Signs direct visitors arriving by car to parking (fee) at the visitors center. From Metro Blue Line, the visitors center is a 5-minute walk along Memorial Drive. A tourmobile (fee) provides guided tours.

Information

  • Gravesite location and general information may be obtained at the visitors center seven days a week.
  • Fresh cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time. Flags decorate each gravesite on Memorial Day weekend but are not permitted on graves at any other time.
  • A bookshop is in the visitors center.

Visitors to Arlington should know that the cemetery is a shrine, not a place for recreation, picnics, or child's play. Thank you for respecting the feelings of those attending a burial.

Places to Eat

See also the category Restaurants

Bars / Venues

  • Nightclub 9:30

Hosts a lot of excellent bands http://www.930.com/fs.php?x=1280&ba=IE&bv=6.0&bp=Win

  • Merriweather Stadium

Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

See also finding a place to go out link on the main page

Entertainment

The Kennedy Center
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The Kennedy Center
  • Kennedy Center

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566 Tickets and Information: 800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600 Administrative Offices: 202-416-8000 http://www.kennedy-center.org/

Hosts come excellent Ballets, Operas and Concerts. Some performances can be free - especially on Sundays.

  • The Music Centre at Strathmore

The Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385 http://www.strathmore.org/

Recreation

  • Biking

This site provides details about all the great recreational bicycle facilities around the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. Listed here are many area recreation trails and bicycle routes. These routes attempt to avoid heavy traffic areas by making use of various recreational paths, rail-trails, and back streets. http://www.bikewashington.org

  • Bowling
  • Ice Skating
  • The Joy of Motion Dance Center

http://www.joyofmotion.org/ Found in various locations in DC. The centres hold a range of dance classess as well as a number of excellent performances

  • Yoga

Tranquil Space 2024 p street, nw washington, dc 20036 phone: (202) 223.yoga (9642) info@tranquilspace.com This is a good place to go for all those of you who are seeking good yoga classes at a range of levels.http://www.tranquilspace.com/contact_comment_survey.php

  • AIKIDO

2639 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 104, DC 20008 202-338-8690 For all those who want to keep practice or just to try something different

Day Trips from DC

  • Shenandoah Nat. Park (appalachian mountains, great skyline road, driving time 1h30)More information and images here.
  • Alexandria and Mt Vernon (house of George Washington)(1h drive)

Torpedo Factory Arts Centre

  • Great Falls (20 minutes drive))More information and images here.
  • Baltimore (Nat. aquarium, Fell's point, Inner Harbor, Art Museum..., 1h)
  • Annapolis (Maryland capitole, US Naval Academy, 1h)More information and images here.
  • Rehoboth beach (3h, in delaware, one of the closest beach from DC)
  • Williamburg, Jamestown and Yorktown (colonial cities in Virginia, 3h)
  • Gettysburg (famous civil war battlefield, 1h30)
  • Philadelphia (Liberty Bell, Art Museum, Benjamin Franklin Science Museum, Town down..., 3h)
  • The Dutch county (around Lancaster Penn., 3h)

See: Find a place to go out

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