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    M F
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    We would like to visit WA DC and Maryland in early August. White house of course and other places. What are some of must see in WA DC. I was told that if we want to take a tour of the White-house we need tickets way in advance. How do we go about getting the tickets and who do we contact. Is Pentagon open to the public and how do we get the tickets to any of the government places.

    We are a family of 4 with a 20 yr and a 16 yr old children. We do not drink, smoke or dance. What are some family oriented things to do and see around that area. It will be August so indoor and outdoor places will be good. Inexpensive places is what we are looking for. I did notice that the hotels out east are more costly than in
    illinois.

    Thank you,
    Melissa


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    sandi overstreet
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    I would def. recommend the National Zoo, the Smithsonian. Both of those are in DC. The Baltimore Harbor is nice as well, it has the Baltimore Aquarium.

    The Smithsonian has a ton of stuff to do. I believe there is even a place up there that makes money that you can go into. There is also Ocean City in Maryland that is nice. And the Asseteague (sp?) Island has wild ponies, is a must see.


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    Robyn Jarrell
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    What an awesome vacation. We have been several times. First, contact your congressman. We got VIP passes to several things. Also, something fun but you can't see it, you can purchase a flag and have it flown on the day you request. My kids loved it. For the most part, everything regarding 'tourism' was all in walking distance and what isn't you can take the metro. The metro can be intimidating at first, but very easy once you do it. If you get on the wrong one, no problem get off at the stop. It's so simple. The museums...google 'dc museums' and everything pops up.

    The Pentegon City Mall is fabulous!!! 3 stories and every girls dream of a mall. It's also a great 'cooling off' place. You have to be careful because there are also several street vendors. I never buy from the first one. I also always bargain when buying from one of them.

    A fun but not so cheap thing to do is go to Union Station and take a train ride. My kids like going to Union Station and just walk around to all the different shops. You can spend a day there. I love DC. If we were to ever relocate, we've always said it will be near there. You're right, August will be a scorcher. Have a great time. I would not suggest staying directly in DC. When we go we stay at the Crown Plaza in Alexandria. The metro stop is right outside, very kid friendly, a little pricey, but we've come to realize everything there is. If you're flying,
    one thing I would make sure of is the hotel has a FREE shuttle service to and from the airport. The Crown Plaza will also take you to Pentegon City Mall.

    Cab rides go by districts. You can be 2 miles from the next district and it could cost $40, but go 15 miles within one district and it's next to nothing. I had never heard of that one before. Arlington Cemetary was great. My husband is Active Duty so it was really special. They have a bus tour to drive you around it otherwise plan on a LOT of walking up and down hills.

    I have four kids and my littlest loved going to the treasury and getting a 'million dollars'. Of course it was shredded but she didn't care Each child went with a few disposable cameras and even our little one took her own pics. She still pulls them out every few months and talks about the trips we've made.

    Have a great time. Robyn


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    We would like to visit WA DC and Maryland in early August. White house of course and other places. What are some of must see in WA DC. I was told that if we want to take a tour of the White-house we need tickets way in advance. How do we go about getting the tickets and who do we contact. Is Pentagon open to the public and how do we get the tickets to any of the government places.

    We are a family of 4 with a 20 yr and a 16 yr old children. We do not drink, smoke or dance. What are some family oriented things to do and see around that area. It will be August so indoor and outdoor places will be good. Inexpensive places is what we are looking for. I did notice that the hotels out east are more costly than in illinois.

    Thank you,
    Melissa



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    Booklover1212
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    Hi Melissa --





    I lived in Northern Virginia for 9 years. A couple of suggestions.....





    For accommodations, I highly recommend looking outside of the city. The metro system in DC is pretty good and you can find a decent-priced hotel on the metro line for a fraction of the cost.





    Check out the National Museums. They are fantastic and air conditioned! I highly recommend the Air & Space Museum and the Museum of Science & Nature. They are all within a few blocks of each other.





    I'm not sure about tickets to the White House, but I do recall seeing lines around the ticket office very early in the morning on my way to work. Same thing with the Pentagon. I don't think they allow public tours, but I'll check with hubby to be sure. Another great place to check out is the Mint, Arlington Cemetary for the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Holocaust Museum, the Spy Museum.





    Just taking a walk along Constitution Avenue is a site worth seeing. There are a number of places you can stop along the way (the Red Cross, etc.) as well as grab a sandwich and sit along the grass by the Washington Monument for a nice lunch. Even an evening walk along Constitution is beautiful. To see the monuments all lit up is truly a site to see. Check also for tours of the Capitol. You could check with your local representative to see about getting passes as well.





    You don't mention if you're driving or flying. I do not recommend driving anywhere in the city -- especially in the summer. Every weekend there is some sort of rally or protest and the streets can get awfully clogged and you can sit in traffic forever.





    If you go into Maryland -- Annapolis is a wonderful little place to visit. Quaint shops and historic areas. Baltimore is great too. We spent many a weekend at the waterfront there.





    Like I said, we lived there for 9 years and there were STILL things that I never got to see. Hope this helps a little!! Enjoy your visit!





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    We would like to visit WA DC and Maryland in early August. White house of course and other places. What are some of must see in WA DC. I was told that if we want to take a tour of the White-house we need tickets way in advance. How do we go about getting the tickets and who do we contact. Is Pentagon open to the public and how do we get the tickets to any of the government places.

    We are a family of 4 with a 20 yr and a 16 yr old children. We do not drink, smoke or dance. What are some family oriented things to do and see around that area. It will be August so indoor and outdoor places will be good. Inexpensive places is what we are looking for. I did notice that the hotels out east are more costly than in illinois.

    Thank you,
    Melissa



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    Kymberlie ReidReynoso
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    We stayed across the river in Rossalyn, Virginia when we went a couple of years ago. Find a hotel just a couple of blocks from the Rossalyn subway station. It saves all of the parking fees. We stayed in a mediocre hotel, certainly nothing special, but the about the cheapest we could find. It had parking, we rented cars at the airport, and pay laundry, pool, fridges, and microwaves. We ate breakfast, usu cereal, in our rooms. Lunches we packed, and ate while site-seeing. Weusu ate dinner at restaurants. These were very important to us with so many people, and for 2 weeks. Figure out what your needs are, then look for a hotel with those things. The bus tour of the monuments was awesome- the kids loved it. Then, when we were more familiar with things, we went back to the monuments that we wanted a closer look at. We spent a whole day walking around Capital mall and exploring the monuments
    there. We really liked the WWII monument, spent quite a bit of time there. Also, my BIL's friend died in Vietnam, so we spent alot of time at that monument finding his name. Plan a few days at the Smithsonian- we went with our whole, extended family- 26 of us. We took votes on everyones first choice of Smithsonian buildings, and went to 3, I think. You could spend a week in each building, so we had to make chioces. The ones I remember best are aerospace, and natural history- both were FANTASTIC. We also did the Halocaust museum. The Library of Congress tour was very good. You have to contact your Senator, or House Rep, to get tickets to the White House. They have to escort you. The Capital is the same. That was not my job to arrange, so I don't remember which it is. Getting tickets to both is VERY difficult. And, I would start making calls NOW, and you have to have your exact dates, to get
    tickets, because it takes a LONG time to work out. We only got a limited number of tickets to the Capital, so not all of us went. Getting inside tours of both is very difficult, also. Plane fare into DC is very expensive, so we flew into Maryland and drove about an hour to our hotel. Kennedy airport is right there, so would be MUCH more convenient. We just had so many people, and tickets were alomost $200. less, per ticket to fly into Maryland.. Sorry, I can't remember the name of the airport. Oh, yeah, we also took a tour of the Kennedy Center. The adults loved it, the kids were bored stiff. Our kids ranged from 4 years old to 14 years old ( 13 kids). We did not do evening stuff, besides play cards and stuff at the hotel after kids were in bed, so can't help you there. We had a WONDERFUL time. Everyone still talks about it as
    a great trip. Kym

    M F <milicaf35@yahoo.com> wrote: <DIV style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt;FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif;"> We would like to visit WA DC and Maryland in early August. White house of course and other places. What are some of must see in WA DC. I was told that if we want to take a tour of the White-house we need tickets way in advance. How do we go about getting the tickets and who do we contact. Is Pentagon open to the public and how do
    we get the tickets to any of the government places.

    We are a family of 4 with a 20 yr and a 16 yr old children. We do not drink, smoke or dance. What are some family oriented things to do and see around that area. It will be August so indoor and outdoor places will be good. Inexpensive places is what we are looking for. I did notice that the hotels out east are more costly than in illinois.

    Thank you,
    Melissa

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    Tracie Traub
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    I lived in the DC/MD area for a e few years left last year - You cannot tourthe white house or capital anymore - you can take pix outside only - if you go to mall - all the smithsonian/museaums are - Annapolis, Watergate hotel, Kennedy Center, etc - go into VA to see Washingtons house - it's all 15 to 20 minutes away from each other - you have So MD with the crabs (and it's good that time of year) you have boats up the Potomac - lots of stuff - BE prepared for the heat/humidity - August is a killer - Ocean City is about 2-3 hours away from DC, it's a zoo - I don't recommend it - if you want water, go to the Potomac by Washingtons house, there are beautiful big trees, a beautiful walk along the river, sailboats -
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    I would def. recommend the National Zoo, the Smithsonian. Both of those are in DC. The Baltimore Harbor is nice as well, it has the Baltimore Aquarium.

    The Smithsonian has a ton of stuff to do. I believe there is even a place up there that makes money that you can go into. There is also Ocean City in Maryland that is nice. And the Asseteague (sp?) Island has wild ponies, is a must see.


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    Trekgloria@aol.com
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    Melissa,

    Hi, I'm from the Eastern Shore of MD, about a 3 hour drive to DC. But, I have visited a number of times. My DC recommendations are: The Library of Congress, just to go inside and see the way it was designed, based on the Baths of Caracella (ancient Roman building), amazing!!! Mt. Vernon, not far across the Potomac, and the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, any of the museums on the Mall, but my personal favorites are The Native American, newest and so amazing, The Natural History Museum, and the Air And Space, as well as The National Gallery of Art, but certainly depending on the individual interests of each member, something for everyone. Also, the Washington Monument, but be advised the line gets LONG, LONG, LONG for that and many other monuments to go inside!!! Again, you can probably do a google of DC tourist attractions and find far more than I can suggest should pop up, and I've gone quite a few times. Try
    http://www.washington.org/index.cfm?...dCurrentPage=7
    and
    http://dcpages.com/Tourism/
    and
    http://www.washingtondc.worldweb.com/
    For the White House, either a tour company or probably direct from the White House. There is a Trolley that does the major places, I've never used as I'm very familiar with the area. There are also river luncheon and dinner cruises on the Potomac. Be sure to try some local delicacies--Steamed Hard Crabs, fried soft crabs, crab cakes, Rock fish, fresh corn on the cob, Chingoteague Oysters, come to mind. Also the Washington Cathedral is beautiful, and in my opinion, close to what the European Cathedrals are like, but FAR NEWER. Not sure how far afield you are willing or can go, will you have a car? If so, I'd recommend visiting The Chesapeake Bay, might not look like much standing on the beach at say Sandy Point State Park, but I live on an island in the bay, and it is such an amazing body of water, my family's livelihood has come from the Bay for generations and still does. It's maybe 40ish miles from downtown DC.
    Also, if you have a car, you might like some other day trips, and one of my favorite is the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Just outside of Annapolis, a former capital of the Federal Period 1788, maybe 30 miles from DC, I will warn you, smoking, drinking, and dancing is allowed, but I do neither and have gone for well over 20+ years, usually multiple times annuallyand it is the biggest tourist event in MD. However, it only runs weekends, from late Aug to late Oct. So, if you're here in early August, it won't be on. But it is wonderful, full of shows, pay one price, and all the shows--concerts, plays, jousting, MD's state sport, etc., covered. Food and any thing purchased--jewelry, clothing, and more items than you can imagine are extra. But the level of artistry by the vendorsis amazing, even if you are just window shopping. The first weekend is generally family and children weekend. But, people of all ages, many dressed in lavish costumes will be there.
    Do know that in DC and most of MD it will be HOT AND HUMID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't reinforce that enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!! Take water, travel early if doing outside things, water, water, water, etc. Heat/humidity and I have a HATE relationship, FYI.
    If you can do more day trips, the National Aquarium is only about 40ish miles north, in Baltimore, also, there you will find the Baltimore Orioles and again how late in Aug, the Baltimore Ravens, if anyone likes baseball or football. As I drive 30 miles one way to work every day, I don't find the travel distance of 30, 40, or 50 miles excessive. Down on the Eastern Shore of MD, is Ocean City, very young person friendly--long boardwalk, long, long, long, long beach area and just north on the same strip of beach are several other beach communities notably Rehobeth, DE.less boardwalk, and more adult in some ways, plenty of activities, shopping and dining at both places. Also adjacent to Ocean City is the Maryland stretch of Assateague Island if you like nature of a barrier island.
    And this isn't even going to some other, day trips in MD or VA if you have a car. And hotels in DC will cost far more. If possible, try to stay a few miles or more out. There is a really good subway system in DC, soeven if you stay outside the middle of DC, you can always drive tothe outer stations, park and then take the subway in, generally how I travel.
    Enjoy
    Gloria


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    Gail Moncivais
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    Hi I do not live in Washington DC or anywhere near there but have been there a few times the last time was to the grand opening of the Women in Military service to America which is located at the enterance to Arlington Cemetary. That is worth a visit. It incorporates women from all branches of service, and all eras from WWI to Destert Storm. The museum is set up so It can be updated on a regular basis. There is an elevator to the roof which has several plexiglass plates with quotes from some famous women. It is well worth the look see.
    Gail M. Chaplin DAV Chapter 11 Dickson City.




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