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DC area short weekend trip help

I'd like to celebrate my SOs upcoming grad school graduation by taking him on a cute surprise trip. We are in the greater DC metro area and I would really like to get out of DC, but can only do one or two nights over the weekend. My SO is not much of city person, or else I would probably do NYC. Ideally it would be no more than 3 hours by car; or alternatively I am open to a flight or train ride that is not too long. We previously did Asheville NC and really enjoyed it. Charlottesville is close to what I think I am looking for, but we go there frequently already. Any ideas? My SO really enjoys things related to Architecture and Landscape Architecture if that helps.
posted by seesom on Apr 29, 2014 - 13 answers

Would you go ahead with a trip to DC this coming week given the weather?

My family and I are set to travel by train to DC for a week of enrichment during our Mardi Gras break. The weather looks like it has the potential to close museums etc. and make us fairly uncomfortable for the significant walking from place to place. We could cancel it all and set out for something warmer tomorrow, but is my concern overblown? We're going tomorrow through Friday. The potential for closures and outages is the biggest factor, I guess.
posted by zangpo on Mar 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Half a weekday in DC

Hello D.C. Mefites. Later this month I'll have half a Monday to spend in D.C. The rest of the week I'm working until dinner time. I'm flying into Reagan around noon on a Monday. I'd like to cram as much Capital type stuff into the afternoon as I can. Any suggestions on what to do? A friend has suggested I rent a bike and cruise around the Mall, monuments, etc. Also, I run and would like to run two or three time the week I'm there. Any suggested multi-mile routes near the Pentagon or Crystal City area? I'm completely unfamiliar with the area, but would really like to avoid the hotel treadmill.
posted by tayknight on Sep 22, 2013 - 10 answers

A week between Cape Cod and NYC (via DC)

What to see during a spare week in August between leaving Hyannis on a Friday (having had a few days there and before that Boston) and need to be in NYC the following Friday for a long weekend of sightseeing? [more inside]
posted by brettski on Apr 30, 2013 - 26 answers

Best way to travel from BWI to Dupont circle? Is there parking?

What is the best way to travel form Baltimore to Dupont circle, DC during the afternoon? Is there parking available around the DC dupont area? Thanks.
posted by proficiency101 on Mar 20, 2013 - 16 answers

Doing DC/Alexandria alone

In April I'll be attending a weeklong conference in Alexandria, VA and will likely be traveling alone. I've never been to DC. What can I do (safely and cheaply) by myself? [more inside]
posted by almostmanda on Jan 30, 2013 - 23 answers

Now? Do we buy the tickets now?!

We are going to Prague/Budapest in mid-to-late March. When should we buy tickets? (Now? Is it now?) And what's your favorite secret special travel site or best airline recommendation? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Dec 4, 2012 - 7 answers

What D.C. activities on a need-to-know basis?

What off-the-beaten-path activities can I do in D.C.? I would love to do something that makes me feel a bit like a VIP. I want the city to seem like it does in a spy novel. Seeing the vintage Congressional bathrooms, getting a behind the scenes tour of the Library of Congress, and unusual sights like the Pentagon's gold AK-47 are the kind of things I'm after. [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Sep 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Need help with restaurants in Washington DC please.

Need help with two types of restaurants in Washington DC please. [more inside]
posted by kdern on Aug 15, 2012 - 33 answers

Sailing away from DC!

Do you know of any good places within a 2-hour commute of DC where it's possible to rent a sailboat and stay somewhere cheap for a weekend? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Jul 2, 2012 - 2 answers

East Coast trip from Boston to DC -- ideas?

I'm planning on visiting the East Coast this July -- the area roughly from Boston to Washington, DC. I don't really have a set plan yet, aside from visiting NYC for a couple of days (up to a week), hopefully visiting Boston for a few days, and hanging out along the Maryland/DC border for a conference. Travel tips/suggestions? [more inside]
posted by archagon on Jun 20, 2012 - 22 answers

What should I do with a free morning in Washington DC?

I will be landing in Washington DC at 8am on Saturday. I'm alone and have the morning free - what should I do? [more inside]
posted by theuninvitedguest on Jun 15, 2012 - 16 answers

Where should I spend the night after arriving into Washington, but not necessarily IN Washington?

Looking for recommendations for a nice hotel, inn or B&B near Washington DC, southwards-ish down towards the I95. [more inside]
posted by generichuman on May 28, 2012 - 19 answers

What is a Congressional tour in Washington, D.C.?

Going to Washington, D.C. - what's the deal with Congressional tours? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Mar 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Need B&B in VA for BF BDAY HALP

Help me find a place within 4-5 hours driving distance from DC that I could book a swank-esque hotel/non elderly B&B room* and sweep my boyfriend off his feet for a combined Valentines/birthday funtimesfantastic weekend. *(under $400 for 2 nights) [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing on Jan 18, 2012 - 15 answers

Where to eat, drink, and type in D.C.?

I'll be in Washington D.C. from December 26th to the 31st. I'm staying at the Omni Shoreham in Woodley Park. Please tell me about cheap vegetarian eats, good coffee shops and bars, and free wifi in my neighborhood and elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Dec 22, 2011 - 23 answers

Drive time: CT to DC?

How long would the drive from New Haven to Washington, D.C., take on Wednesday evening? I'm trying to decide how horrendous the experience will be so I can judge whether springing for Amtrack tickets would be worth it. We'll be leaving at about 6 from New Haven. Specific experiences with that drive or a similar one before Thanksgiving would be appreciated.
posted by reren on Nov 20, 2011 - 19 answers

Can you help me get to DC for $800 or so?

Itinerary whizzes and Washington DC gurus: can you help tweak my plans for a trip from the midwest to DC for four nights, all under $800-1000? [more inside]
posted by librarylis on Sep 27, 2011 - 23 answers

Emic views of DC contributing to individual felicity

I will be in D.C. over the Columbus Day Weekend (Oct 7-10), recommend some things for me to do. [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum on Sep 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Is it worth it to move to Washington from NYC?

Moving to DC from NYC: Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2011 - 37 answers

Big Apple vs Capitol Hill?

Help a first-time visitor to the US decide how to split her trip between DC and New York. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Feb 21, 2011 - 38 answers

23rd Birthday Bash - in Semi-Total Isolation. Help!

Want: Small winter cabin for MLK weekend, close-ish to DC. [more inside]
posted by brynna on Dec 9, 2010 - 8 answers

I like to plan ahead, but this time I don't get to.

I'm making a surprise trip from the Midwest to Washington DC next week. Help me make it more inexpensive, please? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Nov 22, 2010 - 13 answers

Washington DC visa expediter service

Please recommend a visa expediter service in WA DC that specializes in visas for weird, third-world destinations.
posted by thewalrus on Sep 7, 2010 - 2 answers

What's the best inexpensive last-minute way to travel from Boston to DC?

If you were looking to travel from Boston to Washington D.C. next week, as cheaply as possible, how would you do it? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. on Aug 29, 2010 - 26 answers

Do I just have a bug or something funky? Should I see a doctor? Specialist?

Got back from a trip five days ago and stomach still isn't sitting right. Should I see a doctor? A specialist? Recommendations in the DC area? TMI and longer version below the fold. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jun 8, 2010 - 11 answers

What to do after all day on the Mall in DC in May?

My husband and I will be returning to DC, where we spent part of our honeymoon, for a 10th anniversary trip during the first week in May (May 1-May 7). I've seen these questions, which cover a lot, but we're also interested in events the locals might know about that we wouldn't hear about coming in from out out town. For location/travel purposes, we'll be staying at a hotel near the Foggy Bottom Metro stop and will not have a car. Thanks in advance for your recommendations.
posted by immlass on Feb 15, 2010 - 4 answers

What to do in DC?

In Washington DC for 3 days - looking for "second tier" tourist destinations. [more inside]
posted by Elagabalus on Feb 12, 2010 - 30 answers

Cheap Bus NYC-DC

Cheap buses from NYC to Washington D.C.? The question's been asked and answered in the past, but I'm wondering if that information is outdated. Thanks!
posted by mixer on Oct 10, 2009 - 16 answers

Miss Sofia Goes to Washington

What's good for a toddler to see and do in Washington, D.C., in early summer? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter on Sep 3, 2009 - 12 answers

Crunch time: planning time off to apartment hunt in DC or Boston.

Best time to visit to find a place to live for August in a) Boston or b) Washington, D.C. metro area/suburbs. [more inside]
posted by fructose on Feb 12, 2009 - 13 answers

DC Nightlife

If you were going to Washington, DC for a week and were the kind of person who likes to do the museum thing by day and go out to eat/drink/merry at night, where would you stay? I'm headed down there Mon-Thur next week and have no clue
posted by jsavimbi on Oct 2, 2008 - 12 answers

Group lodging in D.C. area in June

Need group lodging in D.C. area for families with teens and kids in June [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 on Apr 30, 2008 - 11 answers

Family trip to NYC/Philly/DC

Taking the family to a game at Yankee Stadium before it closes, and would like suggestions for where to stay/what to do/what to see. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis on Apr 15, 2008 - 13 answers

Getting a Eurail pass in a jiffy

How can I get a eurail pass before I leave for Spain tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by Sar HaPanim on Apr 9, 2008 - 21 answers

looking for weekend trip ideas from dc

I'm looking for affordable weekend trip ideas for this coming weekend from DC with a friend (evening of Feb 21, Feb 22, 23 and 24th) Either a super-cheap flight to somewhere cool or somewhere within about 6 hours driving distance. [more inside]
posted by waylaid on Feb 12, 2008 - 8 answers

One USB charger to replace lots of wall warts?

Like most mefites, I have far too many gadgets, and the wall warts to match. I suspect most of them could be replaced with a single USB charger - is this something that already exists? [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff on Dec 28, 2007 - 8 answers

Best way to travel from NYC to DC?

My boyfriend lives in DC, and I live in NYC. We are both in school, but want to be able to see each other fairly often during weekends of the school year. What are some of the cheapest ways to travel back and forth many times? [more inside]
posted by amileighs on Jul 24, 2007 - 28 answers

Unmissable food in DC?

What do I absolutely HAVE to eat in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on May 23, 2007 - 56 answers

What's the cheapest mid-term parking option near Reagan National Airport?

Flying Out of DC-Filter: This coming Thursday morning, I'm flying out of Reagan National Airport for a conference. I'm going to be driving in out of Philadelphia and was wondering what the cheapest/safest parking option would be. I'm returning Sunday afternoon, so roughly 3, 3.5 days.
posted by Darke on Jul 24, 2006 - 5 answers

Dressing for a vacation to Washington DC

We're taking our first trip as tourists to Washington, DC next week. As we in Maine and clean mucking boots is considered dressed-up, how casual is appropriate for this trip? [more inside]
posted by SteveInMaine on Mar 24, 2006 - 24 answers

DC April Roadtrip

Where should we go for an April weekend roadtrip in the DC area? [more inside]
posted by purplevelvet on Mar 12, 2006 - 11 answers

Recommend a really good, reasonable restaurant in D.C.?

Please recommend a Washington D.C. restaurant for a couple of adventurous foodies on a budget, but who want to have "that one really good meal of the trip." [more inside]
posted by iconoclastic flow on Jan 23, 2006 - 41 answers

Washington DC with kids

Washington, DC hotels: The kids and I are going to see Butterstick! next weekend. I haven't been to DC in a long, long time. [more inside]
posted by SashaPT on Jan 10, 2006 - 23 answers

DC Tourist AsksMefi; Area Man Responds

TravelFilter: Specific Washington D.C. questions from a tourist. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 on Dec 2, 2005 - 26 answers

Humless DC->AC Power Inverter?

What DC to AC power inverter can I buy for use in a car that won't contribute hum to an audio signal from devices it powers? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Nov 15, 2005 - 11 answers

What to do in DC?

DC Filter: My flight leaves for home tomorrow (Thursday) at 4:15pm. I will wake up early in the morning and plan on setting out to enjoy the city for 4 or 5 hours. What should I do? Tours? Museums? Attractions? I am open to almost any suggestion, but realize that my options may be limited due to my limited time here.
posted by xorowo on Mar 23, 2005 - 16 answers

Trivia Trip to Washington DC

MuseumGeeksinDCFilter: Looking for offbeat, trivia-intensive experiences in Washington, DC for a group of maritime history museum geeks. Special Exhibit inside. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jan 18, 2005 - 8 answers

Looking for nice hotels in DC

I am looking for nice hotels in the DC metro area. My wife and I need a nice holiday, so I'd like something with some real charm to it, not some chain with the cheap sheets and horrible quilted comforters. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Jan 14, 2005 - 12 answers

Washington DC Date Ideas

I want to take my new-ish girlfriend out for a day on the town (Washington, DC) this Saturday or Sunday, but I have no idea what to do. We've both done the monument and museum thing to death, so I'm thinking about some kind of show or something, but I'm open to any suggestions. Ideally I'd like to spend $50 or less, not counting food. [more inside]
posted by Tacodog on Nov 10, 2004 - 11 answers

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