|Subject: Re: Washington, D.C.|
Oh yes, Washington D.C., so many things to see. Our last few trips to D.C. we have stayed near Scott Circle, five blocks due north of the White House. There are quite a few hotels in the location. Our favorite, so far, has been the Hotel Rouge, a "hip" hotel in the same style as the W chain. The decor is pure '60's batchelor pad; red deep-pile carpet and zebra-print bedspread. Kitschy but fun. The room was huge. If you prefer more staid and traditional stylings The Jefferson will fit the bill. The benefits of staying in this area include its proximity to the shops and restaurants of Connecticut Ave., 5-10 min. walk to three different Metro stations, central location for the whole of D.C. Although you will be "in the center of things" I believe you will still want to use the Metro. Walking up and down the National Mall will give you lots of exercise.
Speaking of the Mall, visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will take you to the western side of it. From this vantage you can also visit the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and continuing east along the Reflecting Pool wind up at the National WW II Memorial.
For museum exhibitions check out the Smithsonian's website at: http://www.si.edu/
One of my favorite museum pieces is the installation of Julia Child's kitchen on the lower floor of the National Museum of American History. All of her kitchen gadgets absolutely fascinate me. But remember that there are far more museums to visit in D.C. than those situated on the Mall. I've thoroughly enjoyed stopping in at the Textile Museum northwest of Dupont Circle, the National Building Museum off of Judiciary Square, the International Spy Museum near Gallery Place, and the National Zoo at Woodley Park.
The same holds true for art galleries. A visit to the National Gallery is a must. And I highly recommend any of the free docents' tours conducted throughout the day. But don't forget the other galleries around town, such as the Freer and Arthur M. Sackler Galleries adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle, the Renwick across from the Executive office Building, the Corcoran Gallery and Art Museum of the Americas west of the Ellipse, and my favorite the Phillips Collection of Modern Art near DuPont Circle. The website for the National Gallery of Art will be helpful: http://nga.gov/
I think if you did a search of TheTravelzine's archives you should be able to find a number of helpful posts for visiting Washington D.C. and northern Virginia.
Have a great trip, John in San Diego