Washington DC Tourist Info?

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Got great suggestions here for dining in Vegas -- Picasso was booked the nights I was free but had a great meal at Aureole at the Mandalay Bay (couldn't resist watching the Wine Angels work) -- so now looking for guidance in Washington.

A short weekend trip coming up & hope some of you have suggestions for making the most of it. Will probably see the major sites via a Trolley Tour but interested in good dining, maybe some late-nite jazz, any current must-see museum or gallery exhibits, and a great Sunday brunch. Want to pack our 2 days full!

Any experienced suggestions??
 
Leary, there is a great restaurant in Union Station. It's on a sort of a mezzanine level so you get a fantastic view.

I'd suggest a nighttime tour of the city. The marble buildings simply glow at night, and the Iwo Jima memorial in particular is beautiful.

If you had more time, I'd suggest the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy center near Dulles. It's an expansion of the Air&Space Museum.
 
Dave reminded me of the movie at the Air and Space Museum "To Fly". The lines are always awful but it is well worth it. We've probably seen it a dozen times. The rest of the Smithsonian is great especially Natural History and of course there's the National Art Gallery.

Speaking of, where's Hugh? He's a native and should have some ideas.
 
How does this sound?:

Sautéed shrimp on a mound of creamed grits and caramelized onions in a thyme-and-shrimp cream sauce - served with corn bread and biscuits with apple butter.

If that sounds tasty, then try "Vidalia", a really neat restaurant with a really cool wine bar. It's downtown.


-MAX
 
Originally posted by Maryann:
Dave reminded me of the movie at the Air and Space Museum "To Fly". The lines are always awful but it is well worth it. We've probably seen it a dozen times. The rest of the Smithsonian is great especially Natural History and of course there's the National Art Gallery.

Oh, Maryann, the last time I saw that movie was over 20 years ago and I still talk about it to my IMAX friends!! (If you make it through the beginning hot air balloon ride down the Niagara that is just the thrilling beginning to a wonderful movie!) The Air and Space museum has the best seamless IMAX screens I have seen. When I lived in PA I made so many visits to the District and I'm sure that you will confirm the fact that a person could spend a week in the various Smithsonian buildings and not see everything there is to see.

Leary will surely get more recommendations than he would ever be able to see in one weekend in Washington!

Framerguy
 
These are great suggestions -- Vidalia's entire menu sounds tasty, Max!

Anyone know which is a better jazz venue, Blues Alley, Twinz or Bohemian Caverns? Anyone familiar with brunch at Ellingtons on Eighth?
 
When are you going to be here? We would be glad to take some time and take you on a tour! My husband LOVES to show people around town.

Food depends on what you like, we have everything around here.

Must see sights? Hmmmmmmmmm.... Anything in the Smithsonian, The National Gallery, Hershorn, Monuments, take your pick. Though you need more than one weekend too see it all. Plan on coming back!
 
I haven't been yet but I've heard so many good things about the International Spy Museum. You should check it out if you can fit it in. There's a couple of good brew pubs right near by it as well...Gordon Biersch and District Chophouse.
 
Leary the Bohemian Caverns are supposed to be pretty neat, i am told you do have the real cave type of experience. If you go to Capitol Hill area there is a neat place called the Banana Cafe, it can get kwite busy so get there around 5-6. There is also a new martini/tappas bar called Tappini, I have not been, but looks real trendy and snazzy. They are both on 8th Street in SE...not the scarey SE. And if you do go I got some art in a neat little frame shop around the corner.
Take care, have fun, remember DC-the hardest place to park on the weekends. I know a gent at the Spy Museum, it costs something like $9 a person...a little pricey compared to the other places in town.
Patrick Leeland
 
I second the motion on the Internation Spy Museum. It is great although you have to pay to see this one. I read on the Smithsonian Website that the National Art Gallery is closed for renovation. Actually I think it is only a portion of it, maybe the Portrait Museum? The Freer Gallery is open. Also the Corcoran has some great events. Not sure what they have right now.
 
I second the motion on the Internation Spy Museum. It is great although you have to pay to see this one. I read on the Smithsonian Website that the National Art Gallery is closed for renovation. Actually I think it is only a portion of it, maybe the Portrait Museum? The Freer Gallery is open. Also the Corcoran has some great events. Not sure what they have right now.
 
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