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First Time To area

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First Time To area

I'll be staying at the Embassy Suites Old Town in June. Right next to the hotel is the metro station. Question: Can I take this line, without any transfers, to the Smithsonian,National mall areas? And are there any good restaurants nearby that my 11 yo daughter might enjoy as well? Thanks, Dave

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The yellow and blue lines serve the King Street station. Both lines will take you to the Smithsonian area. The L'enfant station (yellow line) is good for Air and Space while Smithsonian or Archives / Navy Memorial (blue line) are good stations for American History and Natural History. It is just a short walk from these stations to any of the Smithsonians on the mall. Look at www.wmata.com for more information.

There are many restaurants along King St. in Old Town. Thai Peppers is at the metro, about 4 blocks down King is Hardtimes (chili and sandwiches), Five Guys (Fayette at King) has excellent burgers, South Austin Grill (Tex Mex) and Bertuccis are at King and Columbus. Your daughter might like any of these. At the Braddock Road metro (the stop before King St) is La Piazza, excellent family-friendly Italian. Look to your right as you exit the metro, it is directly across Braddock Rd.

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Dave -

Sprin2 has given you very good, accurate information. Thinking about your daughter - it depends on what she likes and how adventurous she is. In addition to the places sprin2 mentioned you may also consider:

1) Gadsby's tavern (if she's interested in history). The employees are in colonial dress and (at least they used to) have a volinist wandering about - do they still? does anybody know? The menu is a bit pricy, but they have a children's menu. It's at the corner of Cameron and N. Royal. From the doorway of this restaurant is where George Washington last reviewed his troops. There's a small museum attached.

2) Bilbo Baggins (if she likes the LOTR and isn't a picky eater). This cozy, yellow-house restaurant has very good food, but not your usual American hamburger fare - and it's reasonably priced. It's two blocks north of King St. on Queen at Pitt, I believe.

3) Go to the foot of King St and tour the Torpedo Factory. It's an arts/crafts place that used to be an actual torpedo factory. Artisans can only sell things that are actually made in the torpedo factory - and you can watch many of them at work. There were once plans to demolish it as part of the Alexandria Waterfront re-development, but since it was built to withstand explosions from within - noone could figure out how to demolish it cost-effectively - so they kept the building and turned it into what it is today. You can still see a torpedo or two. Behind this is sort of a City Dock area with a food court and a Chart House restaurant. You can take your daughter on a water tour of the Alexandria waterfront on the Capt Tilp, which ties up at the dock - and then eat in the food court or outside on the deck of the Chart House - watch the boats come and go and perhaps the airplanes taking off and landing at National (if the wind is southerly).

4) Also a bit south on the Alexandria waterfront is the Dandy - a restaurant/boat that goes up and down the Potomac from Alexandria to D.C. She may like eating on the boat and seeing D.C. from the water.

Finally - 5) if it's a nice day take the Metro Blue Line to Metro Center - switch to the Red line (it's not difficult at all) - go to the zoo and eat hot dogs outside while looking at the animals.

Note: Alexandria is split N/S by King St (the main drag which, of course, runs East-West) and E/W by Washington St. Streets close to, and parallel with King St. are arranged approximately according to the order of peerage. South of King are the 'men' streets (e.g., Prince and Duke - I believe Embassy Suites is on line with Prince St., so you'll have King St. one block north, and Duke St. one block south); north of King are the 'ladies' streets (e.g., Queen and Princess). There must have been some royal intrigue since someone named Cameron (St.)came between the King and Queen. The places sprin2 talked about are along King St, west of Washington. The places I talk about above are east of Washington. King St. is about 17 blocks long. However, there is a free DASH 'shuttle bus' that runs up and down King that you can take to ease the walk. You can get a nice map of the area off the Internet. Go to: http://www.alexchamber.com/visit/map.htm and click on the link for a detailed map of Old Town Alexandria.

Have a nice stay.