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Old 12-21-2022, 03:12 PM
 
Location: SE UK
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20 minutes ago - I had to pick up our youngest for the Christmas break. Its about an hour there and an hour back.
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Old 12-22-2022, 06:35 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I'd like to go back to DC for the cherry blossoms. I went in late April so I missed it by a few weeks.
Yes, the hardest part about seeing the cherry blossoms is the timing. It's hard to predict peak bloom because the weather fluctuates a lot during the spring. Sometimes, it can get cold and snow as late as mid-April. So, there is a degree of luck involved in catching the blossoms.

Also, it gets awfully crowded during that time, so parking is a problem. It's better to walk there if you can.
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Old 12-22-2022, 06:46 AM
 
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I live in Central Virginia and take Amtrak up to DC about once a year on average. Last time was in May when Amtrak was having a special $10 rides to anywhere in Virginia and DC which I definitely took advantage of. Visited the zoo and Hillwood Estate Museum for the first time and went to a few breweries and beer gardens. Nice getaway for the weekend.
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Old 12-24-2022, 04:39 AM
 
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Five months ago
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Old 12-24-2022, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Honolulu/DMV Area/NYC
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A few weeks ago. I lived in DC itself for a few months in 2010, and then lived literally across the street from the DC-MD line when I lived in Silver Spring for part of 2021-2022.
Updated to last night as we went out to eat in DC's Chinatown at one of José Andrés' places.
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Old 12-24-2022, 10:44 AM
 
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Last week. I live 70km/44 miles from Washington D.C.
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Old 12-29-2022, 07:27 AM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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I never visited Brasilia!
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Old 12-29-2022, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, New Jersey
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3 years ago.
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Old 12-29-2022, 08:26 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I live in Central Virginia and take Amtrak up to DC about once a year on average. Last time was in May when Amtrak was having a special $10 rides to anywhere in Virginia and DC which I definitely took advantage of. Visited the zoo and Hillwood Estate Museum for the first time and went to a few breweries and beer gardens. Nice getaway for the weekend.
Hillwood estate is a lesser known attraction I haven't been to.

Maybe I'll check that out next spring. Have to see that Japanese garden.
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Old 12-29-2022, 01:37 PM
 
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Hillwood estate is a lesser known attraction I haven't been to.

Maybe I'll check that out next spring. Have to see that Japanese garden.
Definitely worth it. It would not have dawned on me to even go there if I had not met a local DC friend for drinks and she highly recommended that I go there when I asked for sites off the beaten path where mostly locals go.

I didn't know what to expect and decided to check it out without doing any reading on it beforehand. Amazing collection of fine art and porcelain, the rooms of the house were incredible, and the grounds and gardens were like a slice of paradise away from the busy streets of DC. I didn't even feel like I was in the city anymore, but out in a country estate. Price was really reasonable as well and you can spend as much time there as you want. I took the Red line over and got off at Van Ness-UDC and walked over (about a 18 minute walk) which is interesting because the walk took me by a few embassies such as the Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Kuwait which I had not seen before.

This was the first trip to DC where I didn't venture to the mall/Smithsonian and stuck to neighborhoods like Edgewood, Eckington, Mt Pleasant, and Forest Hills which was an interesting part of DC I had not seen before and mostly mingled with locals at the breweries and bars in those areas.
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