Washington DC help

OK so we have been authorized to go to Washington DC.The teen is taking AP Government next year.I want to see the Renwick.We leave this week for 5 days need any hints and tips you guys can give.
Will probably write Snippets article on this car free road-trip !

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8 replies since 10th July 2011 • Last reply 10th July 2011

ahhhhhh! how exciting, I used to live in D.C
^^ Your going to want to pack lunches (Sandwiches, yuck) and ride the metro, just about whatever you doHappy

Lets see, *thinks*
Your going to want to go to theese major places
1.The lincon place(gawsh, i forgot the name)
2.George Washington Mounument
5.The Mall

And here's tips on those five
1. Dont go on the weekend. I'd say not go at all during tourist season, but you have no luck with that. There's something surpris-y there. an elevator that goes down to a museum thats really cool (temperature)in the summer. If your looking out ,lincon to your back, at the reflecting pool, it will be on your left. lots of fun! (the bathroom is down there too)

2. Buy tickets. Thats my tips. find out (I forgot how..) and reserve a spot. I tink you can go the day before or something. IF you want to go up, i do want to say something that made me not want to go. There's no mortar. rocks on top of rocks. scary :S One fun thing, is if you look at the monument, the top and bottom have different looking stones. OMG why??! because, when they started building the monument they used expensive stones at the start and about halfway "OMG we broke our buget" ergo= cheaper stones.Happy silly, rightHappy

3.TICKETS! this, sadly, should be planned months ahead to actually go inside(worth it!) if you want to see the outside, you can go pretty much at anytime but be prepared for crowds. If you get lucky -and I have- you can see the president! sorta. Just his tinted, bullet proof, armored, sleek black car as it goes by at like... a bajjilion miles an hourHappy

4.As for the capital; plan, plan, plan! sorta, if you get lucky, (I just happen to) you can go, im pretty sure its a tent, ask if there is any leftover tickets, and you can shimmy your tourist self to the end of the line, and be in a group of complete strangers-opps there- Beware; you may get a sucky tour guide and just want to kinda drift away. I've been in the capital till closin' time just marvalingHappy

5.The MALL! omg, shopping! wait, not,haha,kidding, it just a big expanse of water (polluted reflecting pool) and grass. Rent or bring bikes or else you wont wanna do anything else. Plenty of icecream stands, thoughHappy

_Those are the major things I want anyone to knowHappy_

Another thing, is be prepared, at lease 20$ on hand, good walking shoes, food(if possible) planning, light clothing, good nights rest from the night before, and a positive attitude.Happy

And of course Every city has some secrets, I hope you see all the ones I have mentioned, but here is more!

~ I forgot the name, but you should look it up *sorry i forgot* and there's this gorg. parkHappy
~wilkes booth theatre- Planning, sorry! *I myself didnt get to go....*
~As for shopping, for-get it. not worth it, unless its overpriced little souviners.
~Metro, Metro, Metro! saves your gas, money, and feetHappy Just know where they are in accordiance to you
~another thing i forgot, and when I remember I'll edit in!(( I REMEMBER NOW!))
The ghetto part of D.C. Sorry, but every city has its dark side. I know D.C should be, wonder, marvel, expensive, glam! But no, high crime, ect. I would avoid at night and try to stay with the major flow of tourist
~one more thing, beware of traffic. I cant explain it any more than bewareHappy

Can't wait to hear what you are doing!
-excuse my typos...-

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Somewhere close to D.C. is the National Air & Space Museum... if you want to get up-close and personal with space probes, a space shuttle, and tons of military aircraft, commercial jets, and recreational planes, GO THERE! It's a ton of fun and they even have several simulators which are awesome as well.

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Monika-NA&S is two blocks from where we're staying so that's on the list Happy
Does anyone know any crafty stores in DC ? Or which areas to explore ?

Lol- Brook I thought the Mall was shops .Hubby is going to entertain the office with that one this am.Actually it's like the Pall Mall in England.

Reading books every minute I get!

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We saw the Presidents Helicopter yesterday !

Brooks right - lots of foot work.

Teens up pics later

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Yes, deb, lots of foot work ^^ hope you are enjoying yourself

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Just watched the soccer in Loopy yarn store Dupoint Circle (definitely recommend) after visiting Textile museum.
Did a little knitting and stepped into Maddy's for the penalty shoot out

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