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6 full days in dc

two of us will be in dc 6 days 5/30-6/6...will it be overly crowded being the day after Memorial Day through the week? Also, what itinerary for 6 days? THANKS!

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1. Re: 6 full days in dc

Memorial Day weekend is always a busy travel time. Lots of the locals head out to Ocean City and the Delaware Beaches on that weekend. With 6 days to visit, you certainly will have lots of time to see the sights! For starters, look at the Smithsonian's webpage--www.si.edu--it will help you decide which museums interest you most. If the following attractions interest you, make sure you get advance tickets for them: Holocaust Museum--www.ushmm.org--Spy …spymuseum.org/plan/plan_ticketing.asp--Wash… Monument tickets--http://reservations.nps.gov--Tickets to see the panda cub--http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/cubtickets

You will have time to walk along the Mall and see the monuments and memorials. Plus, there will be time to explore some neighborhoods, such as Georgetown. Georgetown has lots of restaurants and shopping. For information on the Georgetown Park Mall--www.shopsatgeorgetownpark.com

Consider visitng Mount Vernon. For more info: mountvernon.org/visit/plan/index.cfm/pid/29

You can use either the Tourmobile (www.tourmobile.com/) or the Old Town Trolley (http://www.historictours.com/washington/). The Old Town Trolley webpage also has info on the "monuments by moonlight" tour and the "DC Ducks-city and river" tour.

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2. Re: 6 full days in dc

Hi, hiker -- To get yourselves started, hit the Overview tab at the top of the page here & scroll down towards the bottom to the Articles/Guidebooks box where you'll find a suggested itinerary posted by the TA folks, a link to Frommer's guide, etc.

Do spend some time ahead of time at the Smithsonian Institute's giant web site to get a better idea of what all will be happening at their many museums while you're here. And browse through all the possibilities with an open mind... e.g., the National Postal Museum is much more interesting/engaging than a non-stamp collector might predict.


The Holocaust Museum and the National Building Museum are must-sees in my book regardless of your cultural/religious heritage or interest in architecture.

Since you'll be in town for a longer period of time than many visitors, I suggest that you consider doing at least 1 more "in depth" activity. Take a look here to see what might interest you -- be sure to click on the "Historic Neighborhoods" and "Tours & Trails" tabs at the top of the home page:


For something fun and little more off-beat than the usual, how about the DC Ducks tour or on a Segway:





Note that City Segways offers an evening tour of the monuments.

You could also do a day trip to downtown Baltimore (a great town for sightseeing imo, easy to get to from DC via train) and/or Mount Vernon -- another place which doesn't require a car to get there.