Post # 1
I am here all week for a conference in my field — I actually just arrived and am sitting in Reagan airport as I type 🙂
I’ve never been and am curious what is there to do here? What’s somethings I MUST do and/or are really fun things to do? I’ll be here until Saturday and will have all nights, the rest of today, and most of the day Saturday to sight see. I’m staying with a group of girls I went to school with (4 of us total) at a local apartment we rented for the week. We are finishing up school so would prefer things on the cheaper side (BONUS if it’s free :-)).
Thanks in advance, DC bees 🙂
Post # 3
Well you’re in luck, because most things in DC are free. At least museums and monuments.
White House (duh)
National Museum of American History (it will blow you away with how much awesome stuff is in there)
The reflecting pool
If you have time:
Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian of Natural History
Holocaust Museum (I wanted to put this on the must see, but it really depends on what you’re up for emotionally)
Ben’s Chilli Bowl
Old Ebbit Grille (lots of history and a DC staple restaraunt)
And if you make it into Adams Morgan get yourself a late night Jumbo Slice
Post # 4
@Skittles131: First thing, go to CVS and buy a smart card for the metro (the cashier will have them). It’ll save you a lot of money. Watch your step, the sidewalks are full of black ice.
One night that you are free at 6 you need to go to the Kennedy Center. They have free peformances at 6pm every night. The building is gorgous and wonderful.
I would definately go to museums and the zoo– all free. My favorite is the natural history and air and space. I would also go to the Capitol Visitors center. If you have a free night, I would go to a grocery store and get wine and to-go coffee cups. Fill up the coffee cups with wine (don’t drink it on the metro) and take the blue line to Arlington Cemetery and then walk across the bridge to the Lincoln memorial. Walk along the mall looking at Memorials until you get to Archives, which will take you home.
If you want to go ice skating, there is a great rink in Georgetown (outside), then you can walk up the hill and get a cupcake at Georgetown cupcake. They are really good.
If you are looking for fun night life, there are a few fun areas close to you. Clarendon (blue line to Rosslyn, then take the orange) has tons of happy hours and restaurants. Tons of fun. I especially like the Bracket Room.
You are also really close to Chinatown (yellow line to Gallery Place) that has a lot of fun bars and restuarants. If you are looking for more quaint and window shopping, you can take the Blue or Yellow the other way to King Street and walk through Old Town Alexandria. It is beautiful!
Finally, you can take the metro to Pentagon city and the a 16 bus to Columbia Pike to get to the Arlington Drafthouse for a $2 movie today or tomorrow or live comedy later in the week. There is plenty of food and drink (at really reasonable prices) there, but I would come early and get pizza at Lost Dog across the street. If you come at 9:50 tomorrow, you can watch Gravity with me!
Post # 5
wow you both are SO helpful! Thanks for the detailed and helpful information. I will share with the group and we will be sure to do some (many!) of these things. We all wanted to get lots of sightseeing in which is why we are staying an extra day and getting in a bit early before conference 🙂 I’m excited!
Polly, I heard about the smart card, but wasn’t sure where to get them. Thanks!
Also, KateByDesign, I would LOVE to check out the Holocaust museum. I know it’s depressing, but I took a class on it and have visited other Holocaust museums as it is of interest to me. It’s good to know it’s good and almost must-see status 🙂
Post # 6
I love the National Gallery and the Portrait Gallery. Both are my favorites in DC.
Post # 7
@Skittles131: Oh, it’s incredible. And the last time I went, the person handing out the tickets was a Holocaust survivor. Pretty incredible.
Also, just to add to the PP…you can get the Smart Trip cards at the actual metro stop as well.
And I was going to suggest the Kennedy Center as the PP did, but I assumed it would be $. Had no idea they had free performances every night. It is definitely one of my favorite places in DC.
Post # 8
If you take the metro red line to Adams Morgan/Woodley Park stop, right across the street is Hot n Juicy Crawfish, definitely go try it. Man vs Food filmed there once. And then if you walk 15 minutes down the street, the National Zoo is right there.