Chili Bowl and fabulous views -- When
visiting Washington don't miss the experience of eating
Chili Bowl' -- the chilli dogs are to die for.
The atmosphere is fastinating; you'll swivel your
head off. Address: 1213 U Street. We just loved Washington
-- so much to do and see. Standing on the steps of
Memorial and looking down the Mall offered a wonderful
view and it was so moving. This town has everything.
The walk around the lake with the monuments to past
Presidents was brilliant and of course the Vietnam
Wall was very emotional but very worth visiting. I
could write for hours about the sights of Washington.
(Gail, Port Stephens, Australia)
Daughters of the
American Revolution Museum -- Just
as I was moving away from DC, I learned about and
visited the Daughters
of the American Revolution Museum. It was very
informative and enjoyable. I'm very glad that I got
the chance to tour this museum.
how the museum describes itself: 'With each room sponsored
by a different state organization of NSDAR, the [rooms]
reflect a wide range of time and place. The New Jersey
Room, a "seventeenth-century council chamber,"
was the first period room to be installed and looks
much as it did when it first opened in 1910. Other
rooms, originally the administrative offices of the
National Society, are funded by different states and
range in date from a one-room Pilgrim century dwelling
(the Wisconsin Room) to a Victorian parlor (the Missouri
Room), a tavern (Georgia), a study (Delaware), and
an attic filled with toys and dolls (New Hampshire).
The museum is free. The 45 min tours are either with
docents or self-guided depending on availability of
docents. (Ginger, Littleton, Colorado, USA)
The United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum -- This
is America’s national institution for the documentation,
study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and
serves as this country’s memorial to the millions
of people murdered during the Holocaust. Address:
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW. Reader's write: The
Holocaust Museum is not to be missed. Bring tissues.
(Ivy, Tucson, Arizona, USA)
Plan to attend
Holocaust Museum in the morning,
and pack a picnic to help you decompress afterwards.
You can pick up a 'Lunch on the Go Bag' from the Museum
Cafe. You'll want a peaceful interlude between
it and the Smithsonian. (Heidi, Lincoln, NE, USA)
We saved by staying
in Arlington, Virginia -- I had one
day to spend in DC with my family. It was the first
trip for my kids. For economy and convenience, we
stayed at the Holiday
Inn in Virginia, easy to drive to, right on the
river (you can walk over the Key Bridge into Georgetown),
near the metro. In Washington the monuments are quite
spread out and not always near a metro. We took the
by Moonlight Tour offered by Trusted Tours. Pricey,
but we saw and learned a lot. And after a day in the
museums, it was great to just ride around. P.S.
You can order and print your tickets online. (Helen,
Acton, Massachusetts, USA)
Condos and Hop on
Hop off buses -- I have two practical
bits of advice for JourneyWomen. Be sure to get tickets
to to the hop on hop off tour buses.
The walk can be long, hot and dusty! Save your feet
for exploring the memorials and museums. Rather than
get an expensive hotel room, rent a townhouse or condo
in the heart of DC, it is much less expensive and
you'll have a quiet place to relax after a long day
at the memorials and parks. (Jamie, Orlando, Florida,
for the children -- My children especially
Tussaud's Wax Museum. Address: 1001 F Street NW
(corner of 10th and F street). We saw Michelle and
President Obama, Madonna, George Washington and Angelina
Jolie with Brad Pitt. Discounts for students, AAA
and American military, police and fire ID. P.S.
If you think you will be going, book online. There
is a 10% discount. P.S.
There is a Kite
Flying Festival held in Washington each Spring.
We were sorry we weren't there then. It must be so
wonderful to see all that color up in the sky. (Becky,
To market, to market
to buy -- A hidden gem in DC is P&C
Market in Capitol Hill. This intimate and
cozy market is home to some of the best imported cheeses
and pate this side of the Atlantic. P&C also has
a great wine selection from Italy, France, and California
but it's the warmth you feel when shopping there that
makes this a great place to check out. They are also
one of the few carriers of Polyface Farms sustainable
and grass fed meats. On weekends they have fresh imported
coffee and home made pastries. I suggest people start
at P&C and then make the trek through Eastern
Market on the weekend for food, fun, and
a little bit of shopping. Address: 1023 East Capital
St. SE (Julia, USA)
Women will love this
place -- Shhh.... this is my favorite
Washington secret! Even if you are staying at another
hotel, go visit the O
Street Mansion on a Sunday or Monday (or any holiday).
This small private club/luxury hotel is full of art
and music and fun. The Sunday brunch is great, but
just as good is tea, or cocktails (ask about Martini
Mondays). And see if you can find all 32 secret doors.
Address: 2020 O St. NW, Washington, DC, 20036 (Laura,
Bethesda, MD, USA)
Free or almost free
in Washington, DC -- This tip is short
but sweet. Before you go to DC check out this online
list of sightseeing goodies you can sample with
little or no outlay of money. Everybody should take
a peek and take advantage of these ideas. eg. 'Enjoy
a veritable feast for the senses each Sunday at the
Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market. During
peak season, there are more than 30 farmers offering
items including fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses,
fish, baked goods and more. Market hours are 9am-1pm
April thru December; 10am-1pm January thru March'.
(Maggie, Baltimore, MD, USA)