Monday, December 26, 2011

Things to Do in the District

Tips for cool things to see, restaurants, places to avoid, etc? I've been to Washington before, but it was a long time ago and I didn't have much time to spend. My advice would not be useful to anyone who'd so much as looked at a map of the place. What should people do while they're there?

--Mr. Zero

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

The APA hotel is adjacent to the zoo, which is excellent and free. Worth it just to wander through, even for a few minutes.

Curtis Lane said...

A tad cliche, perhaps, but the Smithsonian is worth visiting (especially American History and the art museums). Dupont Circle and Metro Center are both good areas for walking around (aside from the obligatory marble about the mall) and each sports a very good French Restaurant (Bistro du Coin in Dupont and Bistro d'Oc in metro center just across the street from Ford's Theatre).

Anonymous said...

Since the hotel is just next to the zoo, I suppose the zoo is the first place to visit? ^_^

Anonymous said...

Definitely check out the American History museum (as noted by 5:40). It is outstanding.

Also, I called the hotel today. I was told that 900 people would be checking in tomorrow. Yikes.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me if there is a shuttle to the conference hotel from the DCA airport?

Anonymous said...

Anybody know if there are cheap restaurants in the area? I really liked the food court that was near the conference last year in Boston.

Anonymous said...

Just to clarify, when folks recommend the zoo, they are not referring to the APA smoker, right?

Anonymous said...

Check out the Adams Morgan neighborhood, just around the corner from the hotel. There are good Ethiopian restaurants (try Meskerem), good bars, and a cool coffeehouse/bar called Tryst.

If you want to go down to the National Mall, the Capitol Building, the Smithsonian, etc., the Woodley Park red line Metro stop right outside the hotel will take you there.

Anonymous said...

Looks like no shuttle services.

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/wasdt-washington-marriott-wardman-park/

Anonymous said...

The Metro (subway) will take you right from DCA to the hotel. Take the Yellow line from the airport to Gallery Place/Chinatown. Transfer to the Red line and go four stops to Woodley Park-Zoo. See http://www.wmata.com/ for maps, fares, etc.

Anonymous said...

there is a special Andy Warhol exhibit at the National Gallery of Art; check it out!

Melissa said...

I use to live in DC, and had a fair amount of friends and family members visit me. I made a bunch of maps with things to do on it to help them out, and recently posted them online. I also have some tips up there for vegan dining.

Anonymous said...

Vegetarians, vegans, and probably everyone else might find this list of restaurants useful.

Cleveland Park is one metro stop north of Woodley Park, and Dupont Circle one metro stop south.

Anonymous said...

There is a shuttle to the Omni Shoreham Hotel, which according to Google maps is a three minute drive or seven minute walk to the conference hotel.

Omni Shuttle:

http://www.omnihotels.com/findahotel/washingtondcshoreham/mapanddirections.aspx

Omni in relation to the Marriott:

http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

Anonymous said...

FYI, If you are staying at Omni (around the corner from the Marriott) sign up to become a "Select Guest." Sign up is free and you'll enjoy free wifi in your room, thereby avoiding the 9.95 daily fee.

Anonymous said...

There are more museums than you can shake a stick at. That being said, most close at 530pm if you're actually doing work all day.

The American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery (not on the Mall, but at 9th and F, near Chinatown) and the Natural History Museum are both open until 7pm.

The National Building Museum is no longer free, but still fun if you have an interest in architecture, urban planning, etc. In front of the Judiciary Square Metro.

The Botanical Gardens and Library of Congress are both free, overlooked, and on the Mall as well.

zombie said...

I have no suggestions -- it's been years since I was in DC. Just want to wish all of you good luck, good timing, and good humor at your APA interviews.

Excelsior!

Anonymous said...

The mall with all the monuments on it is much bigger than it looks on the map. The best thing I ever did while in D.C. was to rent a bike via (as I recall) Capitol Bike-share. It was dirt cheap and I went around to all the memorials in about half an hour. Experience the thrill of overtaking horde after horde of overweight Midwestern tourists while perched on your shiny red machine!

Also, there is a bar my friends took me too where they only sell liquor in 375 ml. bottles (at about $15 per), which they give to you with a coke and a bucket of ice. I can't remember the name of it, but it would be my first choice for a post-interview bout of drinking.

Anonymous said...

Though the hotel website doesn't mention it, you can get a Super Shuttle from Dulles for $30.

Anonymous said...

im here at the APA. I walked out of the elevator on the second (read: wrong) floor, looked down, and saw two big wigs chopping it up on the ground floor. I returned to the elevator and went back to my room. I never get nervous and i'm starting to get nervous. Oy vey! Help!

Anonymous said...

Do not take a "shuttle" to the conference hotel. Take the Metro. Second, and it might be too late, but do not stay at the conference hotel. Stay at the Omni Shoreham. It's substantially cheaper than the APA's "student discount" rate. I'm serious. I'm saving 80 bucks per night by staying at a nicer hotel. Nice job, APAdouchebags.

Prof. Kate said...

I split a taxi here which was just $24 from National Airport (I don't recognize That Other Name). If you have a buddy, split a cab from National, but if you don't, the Metro is still the economical bet. For secondhand clothes, take the red line up to Bethesda tomorrow, and walk from the Metro station south on Wisconsin to Mustardseed secondhand store; those rich Bethesda kids drop insanely nice clothing which you can pick up for Ten Bucks!

A nice night here in the hotel bar at the Marriott, although by 12:30, I must say, the bar is uncharacteristically winding down.

Anonymous said...

Liquor store across st from McDonalds has an excellent craft beer selection.

Anonymous said...

Cliche or not, all of the Smithsonian museums are fantastic, as are all of DC's art museums.

To me the big surprise was the National Portrait Gallery. I went just to kill some time, but found it absolutely fascinating. Really helped me get my mind off of my nerves between interviews.

Anonymous said...

Okay, so I posted earlier to bitch about the APA and the hotel prices. Blah, blah.

I'll chime in with something more positive and second the comment about the Smithsonian museums. If you're short on time, avoid Air and Space. It's crowded and not one of the better ones. The Natural History museum is excellent, but crowded.

Here are the real gems: check out the Peacock Room at the Freer Gallery. Check out the folk art at the American art museum. Check out the national zoo (which is a short walk from the conference hotel). You won't go wrong with any of those choices.

Anonymous said...

For anyone who even remotely likes art (in the Western tradition), the East and West wings of the National Gallery is a must see (and yes, there are special exhibits right now on Warhol and Rothko). For a good private gallery, go to The Phillips Collection (including the famous Rothko room). The Phillips is walking distance from the Dupont Circle Metro Station on the red line - the same line the Hotel is on.

Anonymous said...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/40-dishes-every-washingtonian-must-try/2011/12/23/gIQA9KRbOP_gallery.html?tid=ts_carousel

Has budget, will eat.