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I'm home from vacation

August 16th, 2008 at 08:47 am

We got back from D.C. yesterday. We had a very nice trip and saw lots of interesting stuff. It seems that no matter how many times you go to Washington, there is always something new and different to be seen or done.

Stuff we did that I've never done before:

Air and Space Museum at Dulles airport
Holocaust Museum
Freer Gallery (don't think I've been there)
Spy Museum

We also went to some places that have been renovated since our last visit or I hadn't been for many years, like the National Archives, the Museum of Natural History, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and Old Town Alexandria.

We found some great places to eat, both cheap casual things like the food court in the Ronald Reagan building just off the mall, and finer dining like a wonderful Italian place in Arlington called Cafe Italia. My daughter had her first taste of fresh homemade gnocchi and was in heaven. We'll see what she says the next time we make the packaged stuff at home.

We walked many, many miles. I'm sorry I didn't think to bring a pedometer. I'm sure we got our 10,000 steps in every day.

It was an all around great trip. Other than a few miscellaneous items (tolls, etc.) I figure the total cost for the trip was about $1,600. That was for 3 of us for 7 days/6 nights including everything. We splurged a little more than usual on food (and prices are on the high side in DC) but overall, I think the trip was very reasonable.

8 Responses to “I'm home from vacation”

  1. sillyoleme Says:

    Sounds like you had fun! BF & I are planning a day trip to DC sometime, since we're pretty close. Neither of us have ever had to take a train, subway, or anything else like that (other than a bus around college campus)... so it should be interesting to say the least. The Holocaust Museum sounds like a good idea, something I probably wouldn't have thought of! Thanks for the ideas. Smile

  2. LuxLiving Says:

    Sounds like a fabulous time. Rest up and be prepared to tell us more!

  3. disneysteve Says:

    sillyoleme - If you want to visit the Holocaust Museum, order tickets in advance. Go to their website and there's a link. There is a small service charge (less than $2/ticket) but it beats waiting in a huge line hoping to get in.

    LuxLiving - I'd be happy to tell more. Anything particular you'd like to hear about?

  4. Aleta Says:

    Welcome back Steve. Washington is a great place to visit and glad that you had a good time.

  5. LuxLiving Says:

    Oh, I'd enjoy hearing you & your wife's thoughts on all the places you visited, what you liked and disliked about each venue and your daughters reactions to what she saw...

    Did you take any pictures?

  6. Ima saver Says:

    Welcome home!

  7. disneysteve Says:

    Ok. I'll make a few posts with a trip report if folks are interested.

  8. sillyoleme Says:

    Thanks disneysteve. I'd be very interested in hearing your opinions on everything. We won't have time to do everything when we go, so I'm trying to narrow it down to the best things.

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