National Air and Space Museum's
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington's Dulles International Airport is the companion facility to the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington DC. It is enormous and provides enough space for the Smithsonian to display the thousands of aviation and space artifacts that cannot be exhibited on the National Mall. I have been to both and believe that if you have any interest in the history and evolution of manned flight, military or civilian aircraft then this is a must visit. The Museum houses just about everything you ever wanted to know about aviation. The collection of exhibits is astounding and ranges from singular first flight to Apollo Space flights. The collection of military and civilian aircraft is impressive. This facility houses such huge aircraft as The Concorde, WW II bombers to personal Lear Jets, Military defense aircraft from low altitude to high altitude Bombers and Jet fighters and everything in between. The history of helicopters as well is an impressive display. The collection on space flight is extremely detailed and ranges from initial probes and one man space cones to the latest in Apollo aircraft. There is no admission charge but they do charge you a flat rate to park your car. It’s reasonable, so the more people you have in your car the less the per person cost. It’s in Chantilly VA., near Dulles Airport about 35-40 minutes outside of Washington. Unless you are going by car you would have to use a combination of Metro Rail and Bus for the trip. To date the Metro Rail alone does not provide service this far out. For those aviation and space enthusiasts it’s well worth the effort.
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