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Monday, March 16, 2009

Research: Washington DC - The List

As it turns out I'm going to go to DC a few days before the convention starts and will have one single day to see stuff. There are a couple of people in my life who have been to DC recently who have my head spinning with where I should go and what I should see.

It occurred to me that I'd like to get some other people's opinions about what they would see in DC. If YOU had only one day to see the sights in DC what would you absolutely have to see before going home? Tell me in the comments and help me make a list.

If you happen to live in the DC area (or thereabouts) what's a cool place to eat, have a drink, see something that most tourists don't get to see? Tell me, tell me, tell me...

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Blogger CindyS said...

I'm afraid I would do all the touristy stuff. Capitol building, that huge tower thingie, put my feet in that water thingie (probably get arrested), Lincoln thingie - catching a theme? ;)

Do you visit JMC? She's from there and might have some great ideas.


2:19 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 thing to see: Obama

Actually, if you're still allowed to do it, going to see Congress in session is really interesting. Although not necessarily to the senators--several were napping the time I went :-)

P.S. Hope the new section is working out well!

3:50 AM PDT  
Blogger Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

My sister went to school in DC and I used to go there twice a year and I recommend you take a day and visit the museums. The Holocaust Museums is one you must visit. Such a moving experience.
Also be aware that DC is so hot in July! So if you want to visit the out door monuments, you may want to bring lots of water with you.
I probably won't arrive till Tuesday or Weds, depending if I can have a room on Tuesday.

5:35 AM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

Cindy, I know! Seeing those buildings I've only seen in TV, movies or books... I'm thinking some sort of bus tour to get the lay of the land.

Gabrielle, sure Prez Obama. I have no doubt he'd clear his schedule for me. ;)

Kate, both Wendy and I want to see the Library of Congress. I just have to. If you've been there several times where a good place to eat? How about a fun bar?

5:59 AM PDT  
Blogger Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

For bars, Adams Morgan in Georgetown. The mecca of great bars and restaurants!

6:06 AM PDT  
Blogger Wendy said...

You could also squeeze in some sight-seeing on Wednesday before the Literacy Signing. RWA has the program up for their Wednesday Librarian Wingding - and I'm thinking I'll probably be at that....doing my librarian thang.

Library Of Congress shouldn't take long. I mean, it's closed stacks - so it's not like we can wander around and pet Thomas Jefferson's personal library (wait a minute...that sounds dirty). But I would like to see the atrium and reading room. Maybe hit the gift shop for some goodies for my coworkers.

Weeee - and we have our plane tickets babee!

9:06 AM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

Kate, I have my first bar on my list!

Wendy, no white gloves? No touching the archives? Gift shop? Library of Congress has a gift shop.

9:47 PM PDT  
Blogger WarriorM said...

The Smithsonian, Sistah! They have a new exhibit about the Miracle on the Hudson and an exhibit about orchids through Darwin's eyes. Where on earth could you go to get two such cool things in one place? (She asks incredulously) Seriously, they have some cool shit there.

I'd walk the mall. I've been once and was surprised at how all of those landmarks that we see so often on t.v. really have a serious impact when you're there in person! Worth it!

I'm excited for you!

12:02 AM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

WarriorM, first things first, how's the ankle? As for DC, in any ordinary visit the Smithsonian would be at the top of the list, but I'm worried about time and be sucked into the glory of the place and you know the convention not being able to compete. Maybe if I go with someone who can pull me back from the edge.

I'd thing walking the Mall is doable. So much history is associated with it now and images from our 20th century history, Dr. King and President Obama and who can forget Forrest Gump?

12:10 AM PDT  
Blogger Amy said...

I love love love D.C.! The Smithsonian is a must - definitely the American History Museum, now that it's reopened. The dinosaur exhibit in the Natural History Museum. National Archives; Ford's Theater, if it's still opened; Folger's Library; The International Spy Museum is a must! I adored that place last summer. And this year I want to see a new museum that's for lovers of anything-CSI... But I forget the name of it. I'll have to ask my friends we're staying with when we go up for the signing.

5:07 AM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

Amy, well, I guess the Smithsonian goes on the list. What about places to eat? Is there some nifty place we should have lunch by the Smithsonian?

6:38 AM PDT  

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