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Playing Tourist

Hey, locals - what are the must-take tours? Expedia has a list and links to some they recommend here.

If you want a White House or Capitol Hill tour, you need to request the tickets from your Senator or Representative. If you're getting a new one with the next Congress, you should contact both the current one, and the incoming one, to see how they're transitioning this.

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ecwoodburn
Nov. 6th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
If I might also include museum visits on this list, the International Spy Museum is absolutely worth the price of admission!
bester
Nov. 6th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
The Smithsonian museums (about 3/4 of the buildings surrounding the National Mall) are some of the best in the country. Plan to spend a whole day, even if you're only visiting a few.
ciaan
Nov. 6th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
And the Smithsonian is free (aka pre-paid by your tax dollars).
bester
Nov. 6th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
Very true. Forgot about that. :)
chite
Nov. 6th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
My absolute favorite tour is the Monuments By Moonlight Tour. It leaves from Union Station at approximately dusk (you need to look it up and get advance tickets)

http://www.trolleytours.com/Washington-DC/night-tours.asp

When I first moved to the area 12 years ago, I went on this tour, and it actually helped me to learn a lot about how to get around. But it is also one of the best way to see the monuments.
misscake
Nov. 6th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
The Tourmobile Tours are great because they stop at all of the major attractions, you can hop on and hop off all day long, and the guides give wonderful information as they drive.
furrylogic
Nov. 7th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)
One thing to keep in mind (and someone please correct me if I'm wrong), but, as MLK Day will be on the Monday right before the Inauguration, and MLK Day is a federal holiday, all of the monuments and museums will probably be closed for the day. That's the reason I'm now looking at moving my travel plans to fly out on Monday, as there's pretty much nothing to do in DC of the usual touristy persuasion on that day anyways.
bookwench31
Dec. 22nd, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
I know you posted this awhile ago so someone may told you this already, but the Smithsonian museums are open every day except December 25th. I don't know about the monuments but I don't think they're closed either.
the_dala
Nov. 7th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
The Smithsonian Museums are my all-time favorites; I feel like I grew up in the Natural History (which has a bitchin' new Ocean Hall, btw). The American History has also just reopened after a two-year renovation. Admission to all of them is free, but I also have to recommend the Newseum a couple of blocks down from the National Archives/National Gallery, which opened this fall and is totally awesome (admission was somewhere around $20, I think).
virginia_bell
Nov. 8th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Touring the monuments at night is the best way to see them, I think -- someone above has linked to an actual organised moonlight tour of the monuments, but simply wandering around with a map and camera also does the trick, especially if there aren't too many people around (unlikely during the days surrounding the inauguration, however!).

For the more adventurous sort, wandering around some of DC's neighbourhoods is also quite fun -- Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, etc. The city is both relatively small and very convenient, with regards to getting around.
free_spoons
Nov. 12th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
if you have a few days and a car, I would highly recommend making a day trip up to Baltimore for the National Aquarium and Science Museum by the Inner Harbor.
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