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Posted 03 January 2016 - 03:55 PM

is there a mall in the friendship heights station or near it? my little sis swears thats  where we were



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Posted 03 January 2016 - 04:29 PM

is there a mall in the friendship heights station or near it? my little sis swears thats  where we were

Check out the reviews here.  I see a mention of a shopping center, Mazza Gallerie



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Posted 10 January 2016 - 03:35 AM

ok quick stupid queston: every year on vacation we do some sort of diy thing for a souviner. We painted pottery, made build a bears, built sand castles, made braclets and sea shell jewerly.

The kids are now teens (16, 15) and we want to do something like this in dc. Any suggestions? So there not girly girls, are into music and nightmare before Christmas and funko

 

Also the 16 year old would like to know how likey she is to find a single stall bathroom. She dresses and acts male, and dosn't like using the ladies room.



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Posted 21 February 2016 - 11:35 PM

so were going to be staying in silver springs. I know that dc only has a build a bear open at game time. I need to know if we can take the dc metro to a build a bear in another city. We are totally willing to walk or take a taxi from the last metro stop if nessacary



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Posted 22 February 2016 - 04:09 AM

There is no Build A Bear easily accessible solely by Metro rail. There is no location in DC proper but there is one in Westfield Montgomery (accessible by bus from Medical Center Red Line station) in Bethesda, Maryland. There is another location in Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Virginia but you'd have to cab it from Vienna station on the Orange Line.

Of the two options I'd probably go to Bethesda check out the mall websites for directions (I think there's a bus from Grosvenor Red Line station which is more time on the bus but a shorter train ride from Silver Spring.)

Edited by tp49, 22 February 2016 - 04:10 AM.


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Posted 27 February 2016 - 03:00 PM

random question again:

Where is there a ikea I can get to by metro or bus? I need a new set of klas kids plates! On that note: will my dc metro pass work for the busses there?



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Posted 27 February 2016 - 03:10 PM

Best shot of that is College Park. You can take the Green line to Greenbelt, and probably catch a bus from there. If not, it's a really short cab ride.
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Posted 27 February 2016 - 03:15 PM

Best shot of that is College Park. You can take the Green line to Greenbelt, and probably catch a bus from there. If not, it's a really short cab ride.

how long of a walk would it be from the greenbelt stop? I like to torture the teens (and well I like scenery)



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Posted 27 February 2016 - 03:30 PM

 

Best shot of that is College Park. You can take the Green line to Greenbelt, and probably catch a bus from there. If not, it's a really short cab ride.

how long of a walk would it be from the greenbelt stop? I like to torture the teens (and well I like scenery)

 

30+ minutes

 

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 06:01 PM

Best shot of that is College Park. You can take the Green line to Greenbelt, and probably catch a bus from there. If not, it's a really short cab ride.

how long of a walk would it be from the greenbelt stop? I like to torture the teens (and well I like scenery)

The main scenery is the eight to ten lane Capital Beltway. You would have to walk thru a major, heavily trafficked interchange with Route 1 that has multiple on and off ramps of lanes merging.

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 08:48 AM

Does anyone have recommendations (or not-so-recommendations) for on/off tours that stop at the station?  I have about an 8 hour layover and I predict my legs will be screaming after four days at a fitness convention in Orlando, so the on/off tours seem like a good idea.


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Posted 01 January 2018 - 02:05 PM

Hi,

Can't help with the on/off tours, but I can recommend the DC Circulator bus service, which has routes starting in front of the station, and one from the bus garage at the rear of the station. You can buy a $1 ticket each time you get on, so although there will be no commentary (which some see as a blessing... :D) you can create a self guided tour quite cheaply. If you can't face walking, you can ride the bus route from end to end.

I think there is an all day pass available also, but can't quite remember, it has been a few years.

 

https://www.tripsavv...tor-bus-1040435

 

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 02:24 PM

Does anyone have recommendations (or not-so-recommendations) for on/off tours that stop at the station?  I have about an 8 hour layover and I predict my legs will be screaming after four days at a fitness convention in Orlando, so the on/off tours seem like a good idea.

My wife and I used the Hop On Hop Off service a couple of years ago. She was 5 months into a new hip, used a walker and that worked better for us than trying to use the city bus service considering her mobility situation.

 

We did use the Metro (subway) to get from our hotel to spots where we could catch the Hop On Hop Off and continue from where we ended the day before. The cost will be more than if you used the DC Circulator (which I did consider) but that is something you will need to evaluate.

 

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 03:12 PM

Hi,

Can't help with the on/off tours, but I can recommend the DC Circulator bus service, which has routes starting in front of the station, and one from the bus garage at the rear of the station. You can buy a $1 ticket each time you get on, so although there will be no commentary (which some see as a blessing... :D) you can create a self guided tour quite cheaply. If you can't face walking, you can ride the bus route from end to end.

I think there is an all day pass available also, but can't quite remember, it has been a few years.

 

https://www.tripsavv...tor-bus-1040435

 

Ed.

 

It looks like they have a section on their website to check up on when the next bus will be at the next stop.  This is definitely promising- especially for the rate (cheaper than a single ride on our local buses)!  I don't need commentary- I just really wanted to make sure that I pay my respects at the Vietnam Memorial and maybe run around a museum or two.  Thank you!


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 03:38 PM

Right across the street from Washington Union Station is the National Postal Museum (Smithsonian operated, I believe.) Lots of interesting exhibits, a gift shop, and a post office!

Two of my favorite exhibits are the Railway Post Office car inside and the preserved body of Owney, the famous wandering Railway Mail Service dog. 


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 04:34 PM

One of the best--and most economical--deals in Washington are the circulator buses.  DC circulator buses cost $1 per day ($0.50 for seniors), operate 10 minutes apart, and ply fixed routes.  There 6 routes, each one designated by a color.   The most important one is the Red circulator which operates from in front of Union Station at Louisiana Ave. and operates around the National Mall to most of the popular sites.   Just hop off and later hop back on!   They are air-conditioned too.

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My last pre-Amtrak trip was the Texas Chief from Ft. Worth to Chicago and the Capitol Limited from Chicago (Northwestern station) to Washington D.C.
I rode my first Amtrak train in April 1972. I have ridden nearly all the long-distance routes including the Texas Chief (Lone Star), Inter-American, Panama Limited, National Limited, Pioneer, Desert Wind, Spirit of California, Sunset Limited (Florida extension), Broadway Limited, and Chief. I also rode the Rio Grande Zephyr, Southern Crescent, Peoria Rocket, Georgia RR mixed train, and Soo Line mixed train in the post-Amtrak era.


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 06:38 PM

Unless there's been a change Circulator fare is not per day - it is good for 2 hours (if you use SnartTrip card), then you pay again. Still a great deal!

Edited by City of Miami, 14 July 2018 - 06:43 PM.


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 07:17 PM

Correct, it's $1 or one senior fare per trip unless you have certain passes.   I used it just once in May so I never tried getting off and back on with the same fare.

Mea culpa!


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Posted 20 July 2018 - 07:53 AM

Just thought I'd drop in a plug for the International Spy Museum, which is one mile west of Union Station (Google calls it a 21 minute walk) and just a block away from the Chinatown station on the Red Line. It is a paid admission museum, but we found it to be worth the ticket price. I visited in 2012 with my #2 nephew and #3 niece (ages 13 and 9 at the time) and they loved it. We paid the extra for the "Operation Spy" experience as well; both of the kids enjoyed that. One little tip for the latter...if you come into a room and someone says everything has to be put back the way you found it, then have someone in the group with a smartphone take a picture of the room before you start and compare against it before you leave!


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Posted 20 July 2018 - 02:26 PM

The Spy Museum is a lot of fun.




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