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Old 07-21-2015, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Northern Ireland and temporarily England
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For starters, I think spending $600 on clothes in one trip is quite a lot and I'm not broke by any means. Some people on here might have lost perspective.

Anyway, I'd say the far more interesting shopping in DC would be getting away from the malls as well as the Mall, monuments, and tourist areas and out into the neighborhoods where DC is at its most dynamic and authentic, like U Street, Shaw, Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant, Eastern Market... You could have a little shopping adventure discovering great finds at local boutiques and thrift stores, checking out the many wall murals throughout town and maybe some Ethiopian or Salvadorian joint for lunch. Then afterward catch a show at the underground jazz cave Bohemian Caverns where Duke Ellington used to play or the 9:30 Club revered by musicians worldwide. Maybe see an offbeat play at the tiny Church Street Theater, dinner in Blagden Alley, take a hike out to the raging Great Falls on the Potomac or maybe go in the opposite direction and spend your whole day in Alexandria.

That, to me, would make DC worth the trip. As others have said, malls are malls wherever you go and DC's are no different than NYC's or Boston's or Denver's. Tysons is definitely the premiere regional mall of the DC area and now Metro accessible on the new Silver line, but they're kind of an uglier version of The Galleria in Houston or Somerset Collection in the wealthy suburbs of Detroit.

As DC has surged back to life in the past 15 years or so, downtown has rebuilt a solid shopping district but it's not worth traveling to experience. Michigan Avenue in Chicago it most definitely is not. Good for locals or if you're already in town but nothing you can't get elsewhere.

Mazza Galleria in Friendship Heights toggling the border of upper Northwest DC and Maryland is an odd mix of extremely upscale and discount without much middle ground.

Pentagon City will by far be the most convenient mall if you're staying in Crystal City (which itself is a very bland hotel row in Virginia that seems to exist only as a cheaper, easy shot into DC itself). Pentagon City's an average middle / upper middle mall very conveniently on top Pentagon City Metro station. It seems to mostly serve as a way station for 8th grade field trips.

Hope this helps fill in some gaps and understand the area a little better.
I'm not staying in Crystal city.
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Old 07-21-2015, 10:03 AM
 
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I'm not staying in Crystal city.
If your hotel is near DCA, you are either in or very close to Crystal City.
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Old 07-21-2015, 10:09 AM
 
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If you're talking about the airport museum near Dulles airport (Udvar - Hazy museum), that one is not metro accessible so you will need to take a cab, or a combination of metro and bus. It's worth it though, according to my husband and his nephew who are crazy about planes.

Tyson's corner is metro accessible via Silver Line Metro, just get off at Tyson's Corner exit and you're there. The DCA airport is connected by Blue and Yellow lines - so to get to Tyson's you will need to change train somewhere. You can log on to WMATA.COM to get more info on metro lines, where to connect, etc.

Since you will stay in VA for your trip, you will have to get on a metro to get to your destinations, sometimes requiring you to change metro at least once, or do a combination of metro and bus, or take a cab. That's much more hassle than staying in the heart of DC where you can walk to most places. Our metro lines also are not as sophisticated and nowhere as fast as London's. That's what I meant about too bad you're staying in VA.

Since you're staying close to Blue and Yellow lines, I highly suggest you check out Old Town Alexandria in VA. Both lines will take you there, just get off at "King St-Old Town station" stop. Once outside the metro station, hop on the free trolley that'll take you down King Street. King Street is also very pedestrian friendly and lined by plenty of shops and restaurants, and the street ends at Potomac River waterfront. From that waterfront, you can take water taxi to the National Mall or Georgetown in DC.

Or you can do the opposite route, cross the river via water taxi from Georgetown, DC to Alexandria. Georgetown is also a DC neighborhood I highly recommend, lots of restaurants, pubs, shops, etc - perfect for walking and strolling or simply people watching.
I'm obsessed with planes aswell.

Yes I know it's all subway there, i've been to London and some other cities so we will be fine. I might do the water taxi.

I'm buying the week pass.
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:09 PM
 
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That right there is the main difference between DC and NYC museums. DC is all about American history and the government, whereas NYC has everything else in between (at a much higher cost).
I believe DC museums have free admission. In NYC, there are certain museums that have a suggested contribution/pay-as-much-as-you-wish/can afford.
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Old 07-21-2015, 05:48 PM
 
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As others have said, malls are malls wherever you go and DC's are no different than NYC's or Boston's or Denver's.
Well, except the OP is from Ireland, so I'm guessing the malls here have offerings not readily available to him. Thus, the appeal.
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:20 PM
 
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I seen it and it looks good. It might be one of those stores though where you have to search for something.

Like Tkmaxx
All of my UK clients head for Century 21 when they come to NY.

And I've never known anyone to leave empty-handed.
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:28 PM
 
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I'll be going there for sure.
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:37 PM
 
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Well, except the OP is from Ireland, so I'm guessing the malls here have offerings not readily available to him. Thus, the appeal.
AND it's 9,000 times cheaper also.
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Old 07-22-2015, 05:56 AM
 
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All of my UK clients head for Century 21 when they come to NY.

And I've never known anyone to leave empty-handed.
As I mentioned in a prior post, the Century 21 department store in Lower Manhattan is a good shopping choice for people in particular for people staying or working in that area of Manhattan.
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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As I mentioned in a prior post, the Century 21 department store in Lower Manhattan is a good shopping choice for people in particular for people staying or working in that area of Manhattan.
I've known about it for a while, I should visit it once. I visited a Staples nearby and wander the streets with a big white board [went shopping with a friend who lives in NYC]. Had to push my way with a white board through tourists gawking at the WTC hole. Battery Park City's park along the Hudson is nice. Nassau St is perhaps the most un-DC like street in New York:

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7102...7i13312!8i6656

As for cloths, East Village and Lower East Side have lots of unique boutiques. Cross over into Williamsburg in Brooklyn if you like hipster stuff. Upper West and Upper East Side have styles to trend towards older
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