Things to do in Upper Northwest

Top 10 Things to Do in Upper Northwest, Washington DC

Top Things to Do in Upper Northwest

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  • Robin B
    Phoenix, AZ1,263 contributions
    We spread our visit over two days and it was still almost impossible to do justice to this museum. They have an amazing permanent collection. The docents are enthusiastic and helpful; the security staff is there for the paycheck (with a few exceptions) spending more time chatting and looking at their cell phones. The West building has two floors; the East building, accessed by a lower level concourse, has maybe four floors to see. There are two very extensive gift shops and two cafes. Make time to see this fabulous museum, maybe spreading your visit over three days with a couple of hours a day.
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • JennieCV
    Liverpool37 contributions
    As heartbreaking as you’d expect on such a emotional subject, yet done very compassionately and with clear education as well. A must visit for all generations
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • Jagzzz
    Weymouth, UK10 contributions
    We were able to walk up and visit, reserving immediate access tickets via the bar code at the entrance.

    Beautiful interiors. Lovely helpful and informative volunteers.

    We completed the online Readers Card application process the evening prior to visiting. On the day we attended a nearby building to present our passports and be photographed for our cards. We were then able to visit inside the main Readers room.
    Written 29 September 2022
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  • Bophopper
    Motherwell, UK104 contributions
    This museum is definitely worth a visit. So so many things to do and see.

    We found the Wright Brothers exhibit the most interesting.

    If I’m Washington, visit this place!
    Written 17 September 2022
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  • Mark&Rosa
    Kingston, Australia526 contributions
    A fitting tribute to the US military personnel that lost their lives in this war. The order of the names on the wall was quite confusing, there did not seem to be any real order.
    Written 28 September 2022
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  • ray D
    5 contributions
    Walking from the Capitol to the Washington Monument [and on to the Lincoln Memorial] is a great experience. Fun and free. Many free museums to stop in along the way.
    Written 28 September 2022
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  • Mark&Rosa
    Kingston, Australia526 contributions
    This is one of the best memorials I've seen, very simple and easy to follow. The bronzes of the soldiers are excellent.
    Definitely worth a visit.
    Written 28 September 2022
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  • Carol M
    East Chicago, IN74 contributions
    We only did the presidential gallery and one other exhibit. It was no line, no admission, no crowd, and the enclosed courtyard was very nice. Looked at the menu at the cafe but nothing sparked our interest.
    Written 26 September 2022
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  • Mark&Rosa
    Kingston, Australia526 contributions
    I have seen the monument on TV and in print plenty of times before, but this is the first time I've actually seen it. It is much larger than I thought. We did not go to the top, but I would imagine that the views would be great.
    Written 28 September 2022
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  • Mark&Rosa
    Kingston, Australia526 contributions
    An excellent memorial to those that lost their lives in this war. The whole area is very clean and looks good.
    Written 28 September 2022
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  • kile m
    10 contributions
    Breathtaking! There are so many interior chapels, each with thier on unique qualities and story. The stained glass is stunning; some change color/pattern as the sun shines through them at different times of the year.

    There is a $15 admission fee, unless you go during worship services. It's totally worth it and allows you to really explore at your leisure all the nooks and crannies!
    Written 23 August 2022
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  • AussieWombats
    320340651 contributions
    If you want to partake in an inside tour, book prior to travelling; advanced reservations are required. Then, be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your time to get through security and to obtain your ticket/label inside. By memory drinks are not allowed so empty those drink bottles prior to reaching the security point. Depending on the time of day the line to security can be quite long and it is outside so be sure to have a hat if sunny and hot. The tour is excellent. It begins with a video documenting the history of the Capitol Building with an American audience in mind, and this is followed by a tour led by a guide. Put your headphones on immediately so that you can hear your guide as there are multiple tours happening at any on time. My tour guide was very knowledgeable and open to questions. There is not a lot of time spent in any one space so be sure to have your camera ready to take photos as there is no going back. Well worthwhile.
    Written 13 August 2022
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  • Janye N
    7 contributions
    Very interesting history in a beautiful setting. Definitely worth the trip to NW Washington. I would go back again on my next trip.
    Written 27 September 2022
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  • Susan
    Chicago, IL9 contributions
    our favorite of all the Smithsonian museums, including the National Portrait Gallery that occupies alternating wings and floors of this historic building, which is a draw itself. The captions of each piece of art work are superb -- brings history and individuals alive -- and the special exhibits are always engaging. A coffee or snack in the atrium is one of the best break places in town. We come here every time we're in DC, which is several times a year every year
    Written 13 September 2022
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  • Carol M
    East Chicago, IN74 contributions
    We went there 3 times because there is so much. Our main purpose was to see the Star Spangled Banner which we did. We walked in no line, it was a week day. On Saturday it was much more crowded. We explored and visited the Girlhood exhibit and returned to go to the spark lab which had limited days.
    We ate in the cafe in the basement, they had a salad bar by the pound.
    Written 27 September 2022
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