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Old 04-27-05, 05:25 PM
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Quick trip to Washington DC next week. Any tips/ideas/suggestions?

I have been summoned to DC next week for an important mission.

I arrive Tuesday and have the lunch/afternoon/evening to kill before my task at hand is undertaken Wednesday AM. I then fly out in the afternoon. Someone will take me to and from the airport as well as lunch Wednesday.

I'll be staying in Rosslyn near the Key Bridge, across from Georgetown. The Key Bridge Marriott for those inclined to stalk.

http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/WASKB

Overlooking the Nation's Capital and historic and vibrant Georgetown from the Virginia side of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, this lovely and inviting hotel is only minutes from Reagan Washington National Airport and just two blocks from Washington's Metro rail system. Beautifully renovated guest rooms, a full compliment of amenities, and hallmark Marriott service make this a favorite for both business and leisure travelers alike.


What are some good ideas for lunch, dinner and afternoon/evening activities? Either something touristy or not. Good DVD/CD stores in the area? I won't have a car unless I meet up with someone. I know about six people that live in DC but none are close friends so I may or may not meet them.
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When I need time to kill in D.C. I go to the Smithsonian (or I pick one of them). You can't beat free admission and see something pretty cool.
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The Library of Congress is worth visiting, specifically the Jefferson building which is right behind the Capitol and next door to the Supreme Court building. IMHO it is the most impressive building in the city.

You also can't go wrong with any of the Smithsonian Museums on the mall
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Old 04-27-05, 06:12 PM
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hop on the Blue Bus over in Rossyln, or walk across Key Bridge and enjoy Georgetown, lots of place to eat. Pizza Paradiso is fun. Old Glory has some good BBQ. The most impressive building IMO is the National Building Museum at Judicuary Metro Stop. National Gallery is also free. If it's a nice day, lunch at the NGA Sculpture garden is a scenic spot.
Sequoia restaurant along the Potomac is also recommended. Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage is free and offers live entertainment in the late afternoon.
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I tried to find das's thread w/ his travelogue to no avail.
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Originally Posted by Buford T Pusser
I'll be staying in Rosslyn near the Key Bridge, across from Georgetown. The Key Bridge Marriott for those inclined to stalk.
Damn, I won't be there until Thursday. No stalking for me.
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One of the friends I emailed is gone those days. Oh well.

What is the Camelot Club? Restaurant? Club?


One person I know said I should ask one of the politicians I know to get me in on a VIP tour of the White House. I think I'll pass since it would probably eat up the whole afternoon.
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Whatever you do, do not stand in one spot looking at the Capitol Building while holding a suitcase. You WILL be attacked by a SWAT team and your belongings will be exploded.
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Make sure you ride the Metro during rush hour and stand on the left side of the escalators. The locals love that. Wear an FBI shirt or hat while doing so to enhance the experience.

On the serious side, I always enjoyed the National Gallery and just walking the mall/touristy areas to enjoy the sights and people watching.
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Originally Posted by Buford T Pusser
One of the friends I emailed is gone those days. Oh well.

What is the Camelot Club? Restaurant? Club?


One person I know said I should ask one of the politicians I know to get me in on a VIP tour of the White House. I think I'll pass since it would probably eat up the whole afternoon.
Camelot's a strip club.

I'd do one of the Smithsonians. Free and at your own pace.
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I live right up the street from the Key Bridge Marriott. Woot!

Ummm - Rosslyn blows. There's Continental: a snazzy pool bar.

I agree about walking over to Georgetown if it's nice - do some shopping. There's also Iwo Jima memorial in Rosslyn - not a bad walk from your hotel. They re-opened the Washington Monument. The Spy Museum in DC is fun - try to get tix in advance though because it gets busy in tourist season.

And I definitely agree - buy an FBI hat (preferably pink). Very cool...
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Originally Posted by Giles
walk across Key Bridge and enjoy Georgetown, lots of place to eat.
Is the Lucky Key restaurant still there? Great chinese takeaway, and cheap. How about the Georgetown Cafe? Falafel, 24/7.
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Don't waste your time at strip clubs in DC. So lame.

That location is perfect if you want to check out Georgetown which as stated above, is just across the bridge. You can walk to the Iwo Jima memorial too - that is in Rosslyn.
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Ummm - Rosslyn blows. There's Continental: a snazzy pool bar.
Snazzy? It sucks. Food's okay, though.

I have to agree with Red Dog on the strip clubs in DC - not worth the time.
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Here's the thread for my trip this month:

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...ght=washington
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I'm sure if you offer to buy a round for the DC otters you'll have plenty of company
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Also, don't drive. I drive right through Rosslyn everyday and I don't need another car getting in my way.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
Is the Lucky Key restaurant still there? Great chinese takeaway, and cheap. How about the Georgetown Cafe? Falafel, 24/7.
if you're talking about the restaurant that looks like it's out of someone's house, I used to eat their all the time when I worked at Olsson's Books and Records in Georgetown (now sadly closed), some the dishes were kind of gnarly, but cheap... but to answer your question, I'm not sure.
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I'm sure if you offer to buy a round for the DC otters you'll have plenty of company
yeah! I suggest all us DC Otters have a drink over at the Brickskeller (near 22nd and P)....
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Here's the thread for my trip this month:

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...ght=washington
My thread like totally 0wns your thread!

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Originally Posted by Giles
if you're talking about the restaurant that looks like it's out of someone's house, I used to eat their all the time when I worked at Olsson's Books and Records in Georgetown (now sadly closed), some the dishes were kind of gnarly, but cheap... but to answer your question, I'm not sure.
The Lucky Key was in a basement somewhere off of Wisconsin. I remember the first time I went there they had autographed photos of Ron and Nancy Reagan on the wall, testifying to the quality of the food. When the Bush's took office they took the photos down. I think Big George and Barb preferred a place in Alexandria...

I used to shop at Olsson's. Great bookstore. Wouldn't it be odd if you had waited on me at one time or another?
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I'm sure if you offer to buy a round for the DC otters you'll have plenty of company

haha. yeah, I'd be there! like others, metro in to DC near the mall, too much to do there. At night, maybe hitup Gtown. I'm sure if the weather is nice, any outdoor bar will be packed. If not, there's probably some group of rich gtown kids hanging around somewhere...
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