(Closed) DC area bees (and fellow traveler bees too) – where should i go?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

The library of congress is one of my favorite places.  And I LOVE the zoo! 

Post # 4
366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@bostongirl27:  Definitely the zoo! Fiance and I also really loved Poets and Busboys for a nice mid morning hangout/lunch.

Post # 5
691 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Checkout the monuments at night time

If you like tapas Jaleo is good


Post # 7
4321 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@juliette.eliza:  I second the LOC – a lot of visitors don’t go to it, but it’s an amazingly beautiful building.

Post # 8
879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The Air and Space Museum is one of my favorites. Hirshhorn if you like modern art. If you’ve never been, take the metro to Arlington and visit the National Cementary. Go to the top of the Monument, it’s free but on a first come first serve basis. Get your ticket when it first opens, go check out the Mall and then come back at your scheduled time. It’s small and enclosed, but the 360 aerial view is pretty neat, plus it’s free! The National Cathedral is very close to the zoo.

Dupont Circle was one of my favorite places to relax in the afternoon. U Street/Adams Morgan for bars and clubs. Bring good walking shoes! Like NYC, DC is best experienced on foot and I always just like to walk and walk through the neighborhoods. Embassy Row is neat if you want to check out the different embassies, some which are open to the public. 

To eat: Ben’s Chili Bowl, Teaism, Zaytinya, Komi, Lost Dog Cafe, Inn at Little Washington, second Jaleo for tapas. If anything, you must must try Ethiopian food in DC before you leave!

Post # 9
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Depends on which way you want to go:

– the duck tours have great views of the monuments and I think they do night tours. 

– DC’s Union Station is a must see and right on top of a metro station. It’s gorgeous. 

– Old Ebbitt Grill is a nice 1920’s decor place where you could run into congressmen & women. 

– Sculpture Garden off the north side of mall (by 9th street & constitution) is a great place to cool off. 

– FYI – The Washington Monument is closed until further notice because it was damaged in the earthquake last fall.

– Go see the Constitution at the National Archives, and Navy Memorial while you are over there. Red Velvet cupcakery is just around the corner. 

– If you are there on a Friday the USDA has a nice farmer’s market and is next to one of the first lady’s community gardens.

– If you are there on a weekend hit Eastern Market (metro stop) & the cute little boutiques on Barracks row. (8th & I Sts, SW)

– Ooh! And on Tuesdays they do twilight tattoo at Ft. Myer (close to the Iwo Jima Memorial which is also a good sight plus it has an AMAZING view of DC.

– I Second, Arlington Cemetery and the Cathedral. 

– ETA – MLK memorial just opened up and one of my favorites is the WWII memorial (don’t be like other tourists and put your feet in the water, it’s just bad form).

OH! FOOD! Good call @arabesque – Founding Farmers, Blue Duck Tavern, Proof, um, Vermillion in Old Town Alexandria if you get out that far.

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