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    going on business In August leaving Aug 2 going to spend the weekend I should be done by early Friday afternoon with what I have to do.

    I'll have most of the afternoon Friday, all day Saturday, all day sunday flying back sunday night.

    Never been to D.C There a lot to see what should I go see first what places should i prioritize? I know I want to see Smithsonian, and National Air and Space museum. Also places to eat.

    Thanks in advance
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    If you go wandering around/exploring, avoid South East. Also, drink some DC Brau, if you're a beer drinker.

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    You gonna have a rental car? The Udvar Hazy center is awesome but it's a bit out of the general DC area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Szeth View Post
    You gonna have a rental car? The Udvar Hazy center is awesome but it's a bit out of the general DC area.
    A bit?

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    Are you gay? If so, go to JRs. I'd recommend wondering around Dupont Circle and the neighborhoods around there. Might as well make it as exciting as possible. =-po

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    if you sit in dupont circle on a bench with a pizza box with a hole cut in the bottom, you can get a handjob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paranoia View Post
    going on business In August leaving Aug 2 going to spend the weekend I should be done by early Friday afternoon with what I have to do.

    I'll have most of the afternoon Friday, all day Saturday, all day sunday flying back sunday night.

    Never been to D.C There a lot to see what should I go see first what places should i prioritize? I know I want to see Smithsonian, and National Air and Space museum. Also places to eat.

    Thanks in advance
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuriin View Post
    Are you gay? If so, go to JRs. I'd recommend wondering around Dupont Circle and the neighborhoods around there. Might as well make it as exciting as possible. =-po
    I've been to DC for a conference very near Dupont Circle twice and never noticed anything especially swishy. Then again, I work in midtown Atlanta. I might just be desensitized.

    I will say that I love the Adams Morgan area nearby. I'm straight, and found lots of interesting bars and nightlife. I hear crime is a problem though.
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    Dupont is the gayer area, but, it's very mixed. I haven't lived in Maryland in several years, but, that was one of the more exciting areas to go to in DC. When I say exciting, I just mean there's a very eclectic crowd.

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    Yeah just never go to the Fireplace. Most ghetto gay club ever.

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    Ben's Chili Bowl, Georgetown on M street for shopping/food/walking around, U street at night for a more laid back night life than Dupont/Adams Morgan, monuments for....whatever it is people seem to get out of them (I've never understood the draw, the Washington monument looks ugly as hell right now too).

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    I walked like two miles to Ben's Chili Bowl last time I was in town. Totally not worth it, imo. I think nostalgia must be a big factor in their popularity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heylel View Post
    I walked like two miles to Ben's Chili Bowl last time I was in town. Totally not worth it, imo. I think nostalgia must be a big factor in their popularity.
    Probably... I think it's worth it to check out. Never had a half smoke before, and it was very interesting.. but you can also just get those from street vendors. The chili is pretty good though.

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    Be careful on Saturday with the Metro system if you end up on some kind of schedule to see the stuff you're interested in. There's widespread track work every weekend and it shits up the whole system without fail - basically be prepared to lose an half an hour to an hour each time if they're working near the stations/lines you need. The trains have to single track and it's laughably bad, sometimes they close entire stations and you have to route around them with shuttles and shit. Should be ok if you're just doing the museums on the national mall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heylel View Post
    I walked like two miles to Ben's Chili Bowl last time I was in town. Totally not worth it, imo. I think nostalgia must be a big factor in their popularity.
    I see Ben's as more historically representative of DC's culture than the monuments, the food itself is nice but probably not worth the trip alone. Maybe my recommendation should be to read the Wikipedia page for Ben's and then decide if it's interesting enough to visit

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    I would recommend instead never coming to DC ... ever.

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    Yeah prolly safer to visit Dumar in Norrath.

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    People who have spent time in/around DC or grown up/lived in the mid-Atlantic and did countless school field trips and other visits have an easy time saying "the monuments are meh!" But really if you've never been to DC you should see at least Lincoln Memorial and Wash. Monument (yeah its covered in scaffolding now I'm afraid). The Korean and Vietnam war memorials are nearby and actually pretty moving. Jefferson Memorial is cool too. I actually think all this stuff is just as cool to take in after dark now when the summer and full on mid-Atlantic humid heat is upon us.

    And then the museums.

    There's a lot to take in as a tourist, its really a great tourist city unless you are super jaded about our nation and its government and history. Even so there's some great art and history to absorb without the whole nation's capital aspect.

    If you go to the White House there's a place right down the street called the Renwick Gallery which is totally free and worth doing if you enjoy art and museums at all. Old Ebbitt Grill also nearby there if you want a second "say I've done that" traditional DC restaurant choice.

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    To echo what people have said here, see the monuments. Even though the Washington is surrounded in scaffolding, it looks pretty cool when it is lit up at night.

    As for restaurants, I'd say go to Old Town Alexandria to get a lot of decent food. For bars and what not it depends where you are staying as there has been weekend track maintenance on almost all tracks every weekend for well over a year. Personally I prefer Bethesda or Old town for bars just because if I ever need a ride back from someone, either of those places aren't complete hell to get to via park/highway at night.

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    Blue Duck Tavern

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    Shake Shack and get some custard with your burger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krassus View Post
    Shake Shack and get some custard with your burger.
    Fuck shake shack. My wife and I went to one the 5th of July for their corn dogs (only have them some holiday weekends), and they were shit. The special custard also sucked for the holiday.

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    Damn that sucks, never gotten anything other than their normal menu burger and custard and its always been on point.

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    I think it's because we went to the one that just opened up on F street. Should have drove the extra time to go to the Dupont one, but it was the 5th of July and tourists everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Famm View Post
    People who have spent time in/around DC or grown up/lived in the mid-Atlantic and did countless school field trips and other visits have an easy time saying "the monuments are meh!" But really if you've never been to DC you should see at least Lincoln Memorial and Wash. Monument (yeah its covered in scaffolding now I'm afraid). The Korean and Vietnam war memorials are nearby and actually pretty moving. Jefferson Memorial is cool too. I actually think all this stuff is just as cool to take in after dark now when the summer and full on mid-Atlantic humid heat is upon us.
    So much this. I moved to the Leesburg/Ashburn, VA area 2 years ago and I swear at least once a month we were taking the train out to the mall when we first moved here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZyyzYzzy
    I think it's because we went to the one that just opened up on F street. Should have drove the extra time to go to the Dupont one, but it was the 5th of July and tourists everywhere.
    That's a pretty good assumption. I'm gonna have to side with Krassus on Shake Shack. That place is legit. And what are you doing ordering corndogs at a burger joint?! I want to slap people that order hot dogs at Five Guys.

    If the OP wants a true gut grenade experience, you can always go to a Nationals game. Despite their record, they have a Ben's Chili Bowl, Shake Shack, and Dippin Dots at the park. Bring your testing supplies!!


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    Their corn dogs are only there for a couple weekends a year. They aren't on the normal menu, that's why we got them.

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    What's rent like in an area close to the Reagan Building? I always think about doing a few years there for work but don't want to deal with a commute...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZyyzYzzy
    Their corn dogs are only there for a couple weekends a year. They aren't on the normal menu, that's why we got them.
    Huh, odd seasonal menu item. You get a pass then, kind sir. Although anything with little to no bacon should have raised your suspicion...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Convo
    What's rent like in an area close to the Reagan Building? I always think about doing a few years there for work but don't want to deal with a commute...
    NW DC, blocks away from the National Mall? Dupont Circle has 700 sq ft apartments for $3k, 1500 sq ft for $5.5k. I deal with the commute.

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    It was on the best thing I ever ate and allegedly amazing. After trying not so much. You should make cornbacon. Batter a bunch of bacon on a stick and deepfry it.

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    Any nice hotels downtown that aren't outrageously expensive? I've traveled to DC for work and stayed at the Comfort Inn Convention Center. It was nice just to be close to everything, but damn if the hotel isn't more expensive than the airfare.

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    Since I live near DC I don't have a ton of experience with hotels, but given the prices of everything else in the middle of the city, I can't imagine there are any cheap ones that you'd feel safe and comfortable in. Of course, that also depends on your definition of cheap.

    Your best bet is probably to get a hotel towards the end of some of the metro lines and take the train downtown.

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    What McCheese said. Look to stay in Virginia or Maryland near a metro. Bethesda has the Hyatt (I think) right next to a red line metro stop and there are plenty in Arlington and Alexandria close to metros.

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    Crystal City has rooms ~140 if you book early. Cheaper if you're a member of the various hotel reward programs. I'm back here again and find myself enjoying another great pizza and beer at District of Pi.

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    we use hotwire and can get a room at say the hilton or some other 3 star boutique hotel for 110 including tax and all that shit.

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    I'm still considering moving here for work.. Where is a good spot for the late 20's early 30s crowd. Ideally around the single girls! I heard Crystal city is good? Not sure I want to spend more then 1500 a month on rent

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    Quote Originally Posted by Convo View Post
    I'm still considering moving here for work.. Where is a good spot for the late 20's early 30s crowd. Ideally around the single girls! I heard Crystal city is good? Not sure I want to spend more then 1500 a month on rent
    Living anywhere cool will be expensive. Just find something where your commute doesn't suck and then drive/Metro to do things on the weekend.

    I'm not 100% sure about Crystal city for night life, but I don't think its cool for that. It's offices, hotels, and a mall, though not a bad commute into the city.
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    Adams Morgan or Dupont Circle if you want a night life. If you want Northern Virginia look at Claredon or Ballston. Nothing is cheap. 1500 is the low end of rent in these areas.

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    Silver line is going to open soon! Gonna be like 8 miles from the metro stop.
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