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Trip List by GAJAWTRAVELER

Washington Whirlwind

Mar 25, 2007  On a Budget
3.5 of 5 stars based on 3 votes

Washington DC Freelist

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Chantilly, Reston, Washington DC, Arlington
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing
  • Appeals to: Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
    Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Fairfax County

    This is a great museum to see vintage planes, spacecraft, shuttle, and all kinds of memorabilia. While there we were told that If you are at Dulles Airport you can get on a free shuttle to the museum; since it is very close to the airport. There is not a charge to enter the museum but if you drive there was a parking charge of $12. You can walk around at leisure or take a tour with knowledgeble guides. Also have IMAX movies and simulators that you can ride in for a charge. Before you leave be sure to go up to the air traffic tower replica to watch the planes coming and going at National. There was a McDonalds and a coffee shop type eatery in a designated eating area.

  • 2. Reston
    Reston, Fairfax County

    Great little City Centre to walk around. Has an ice skating rink that is fun to either participate in or be a sightseer at. You can watch skaters from Clydes for a wonderful meal and reasonable prices. McCormick and Schmick for seafood was not up to my expectations. The food was just okay, very overpriced. Hyatt Regency Reston was a great value for the money. Close to DC for daytrips to the museums, Arlington National Cemetary and a ride taking you along the Potomac for sightseeing.

  • 3. Smithsonian Institution
    Smithsonian Institution Building, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Visit the Smithsonians, Natural History, is great for kids. Then walk to the National Monument and on up to the Lincoln Memorial for a very pretty stroll. If you have children they will love playing on the grass and running off some energy. On your way back from the Lincoln Memorial go left to the Vietnam Memorial and pay your respects.

  • 4. Arlington National Cemetery
    Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

    First time I have visited, have always not made it there before, but it was wonderful. We were there in February there was snow on the ground and it was just beautiful and so serene with the huge trees and blue shadows. Walked the path to the Unknown Soldiers Tomb and watched the changing of the guard. Check the main building for the schedule. It was really something to see. There are alot of special things to see at Arlington, you can walk or take a tour. While we were there went to the Military Woman's Building and they had an art display of the Soldiers who gave their lives for us in Afghanistan and Iraq (I believe through 2004). Artists had painted them from photos for the families. I'm not sure how long they will be on display. Don't miss it.