Top Things to Do in Upper Northwest

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Upper Northwest, Washington DC

Top Things to Do in Upper Northwest

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  • Jay
    Phoenix, AZ152 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited the National Air and Space Museum with a friend and enjoyed my visit. The exhibits are cool and they have a handful of interactive ones with good information. I'm not personally that interested in aeronautics but I think it was still a good museum overall.
    Written May 8, 2024
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  • Jay
    Phoenix, AZ152 contributions
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    The Library of Congress offers a close look at some historical and rare books. You are able to get a free Library of Congress library card if you wait in line and have photo ID. It's a cool walk around, but honestly you don't need to spend a lot of time here. I would rate this a high 4, I just think that it can be a bit difficult to navigate. I'm not sure I would visit again, but I did enjoy it.
    Written May 8, 2024
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  • Diana L
    Omaha, NE135 contributions
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    Art isn't something I know a lot about, so I always like listening in when the workers/volunteers are talking about paintings. Very nice that they had a coat/bag check, so I didn't have to carry around all my gear. It was a last-minute stop during my day, and it was lovely just walking around looking at art.
    Written May 20, 2024
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  • Olhol94
    51 contributions
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    This was a very impactful museum, I could of easily spent hours and hours from start to finish if I didn’t have a tight schedule.

    Full of interesting information and history, parts can be quite emotional, 100% worth visiting if you get the chance to.

    Considering it’s free as well is a bonus.
    Written May 11, 2024
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  • montanapescado
    Albuquerque, NM1,361 contributions
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    When I first heard what design had been selected for this memorial, I thought it grossly inartistic and unworthy of what was to be memorialized. When I saw it in person , I realized how wrong I was. This is utterly compelling and a must stop for DC visitors.
    Written March 1, 2024
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  • moodblu
    West Valley City, UT1,437 contributions
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    Both my father and my husband’s father served in the US Air Force during the Korean war, so the Korean War Memorial was a of particular interest to us. It’s a poignant portrayal of the war and the soldiers who fought. There is a reflecting wall, which features etchings of the many types of support people that contributed in other ways than being combat soldiers. Not really good for pictures after sunset, I was glad we had a chance to come back in daylight the next day for some better pictures. There were symbolisms of the 38th parallel, marking the division between North and South Korea, portrayed by 19 soldiers and 19 stone lines on the ground, making 38 of each, when reflected in the adjacent wall. There is a circular monument around a pool with the names of al the casualties of the war. This was a solemn visit for me.
    Written May 4, 2024
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  • Eileen S
    Portland, OR30 contributions
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    Everyone should visit Washington DC. Museums, monuments explain the Nation's history. No one knows it all but this is an excellent place to dust off your high school/college US history classes.
    Written April 29, 2024
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  • BateyBoy
    Cardiff74 contributions
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    Everything was well-organised and the staff were friendly and efficient. I particularly liked the fact that they emphasise you can stay at the top for as long as you like.
    The views of Washington are breathtaking, and unique unless you're in an aircraft. There are information boards that are interesting, and even the elevator rides are interesting.
    All in all a fantastic experience and a highlight of our Washington visit.
    TIP: Tickets sell out almost immediately (i.e. within seconds of the 10am release time). Create a recreation.gov account well in advance and have a couple of practice runs to make sue you don't waste time on the day. Tickets are released at 10am (Washington time), 30 days before the booking date.
    Written May 21, 2024
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  • Ddb2422
    Arlington, VA673 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is another location that I had not taken advantage of going to while living here in DC. On the day we visited I was able to meet two WWII veterans who were visiting the location as part of an honor flight. It was awesome to hear their stories and discuss their amazing lives.

    I would highly recommend visiting this location.
    Written May 19, 2024
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  • Diana L
    Omaha, NE135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. Getting to see all the famous portraits of people all throughout history. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.
    Written May 20, 2024
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  • gefilte63
    Beachwood, OH709 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is really something here for almost everyone.
    There are sections that deal with military history, popular culture, presidents, diversity, etc.
    Lots of famous things to see like Dorothy's ruby slippers, the inaugural dresses of the first ladies, and even a stuffed pigeon that saved the "Lost Battalion" in WWI.
    Lots of staff around, although they do not always know the answers to questions about the museum.
    We spent a few hours and could only see a portion of the collection.
    Written May 22, 2024
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  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, OH2,971 contributions
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    The Washington National Cathedral is something like the sixth largest in the world and its tower purports to be the tallest spot in Washington DC. We've visited cathedrals in many different countries. This is certainly worth a visit, but the experience also suffers from some weaknesses.

    The cathedral was built just after the turn of the last century, so it is a little over 100 years old. Although technically part of the Episcopal Church, it seeks to appeal to individuals of all faiths. As the name suggests, it also tries to place itself as the nation's cathedral, kind of an American Westminster Abbey.

    There is a $15 fee to enter as it does not receive federal funding and it has significant upkeep costs. Parking can be a little tight in the area, but they built a large and convenient underground parking garage that we would recommend if you can't find parking on the street.

    They give you a map that is fairly helpful, but we wished for a little more in terms of detail and signage generally. For what it's worth, the high points for us were:

    -The Nave (that's the main church area). There is mostly modern stained glass here, but it's magnificent if you stand in front of the altar and look towards the back of the church and up. There is a large rosette window and the sides are lined with flags of the 50 states. It's very impressive.

    -About half way up, the "space" window was installed five years after the successful Apollo 11 moon mission and actually has moon rocks built into it.

    -The tomb of President Woodrow Wilson is on the first floor.

    There is a somewhat controversial pair of windows towards the center. In 2017, the cathedral removed windows installed in the 1950s commemorating Robert E. Lee and Thomas ("Stonewall") Jackson and replaced them with what they call "now and forever" windows, which more or less commemorate the civil rights movement. Whether you like them or not is a matter of your taste.

    -There is a memorial to Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan in the crypt in the basement. It is not well marked, but is on a pillar in the St. Joseph of Arimathea Chapel. Note that it has the memorial both in written text and in Braille.

    -It isn't listed as an attraction, but the Garth is on the map behind the cathedral, about 100 yards from the visitor entrance. You'll want to visit it. It has pillars with Native-American-themed carvings at the top and images such as cats with birds. You see a fair number of wedding/engagement photos taken in this area.

    -The Darth Vader chimera is toward the top of one of the towers. It's very hard to see without binoculars or a strong telephoto lens.

    If you are looking for a break, there is an Open City restaurant in the chapter house only about 100 feet from the Cathedral itself. The food is good and the ambience is casual.

    Enjoy your visit!
    Written May 19, 2024
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  • LisandroVoyager
    Washington DC, DC768 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fancy afternoon tea service nicely presented and smoothly served for our monthly luncheon club for seniors. Sandwiches, scones and sweets were delicious and there was a good choice of teas presented to each of us. The service was unhurried and attentive.
    Written April 30, 2024
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  • Wae12
    Ireland73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really enjoyed this very interesting tour of the building. I would highly recommend it. Got a guided tour and we were able to go into the house too.
    Written December 31, 2023
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  • Diane S
    Fairfax Station, VA183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Kennedy Center is the premiere performing arts venue in DC. It is a stunning facility with multiple theatres catering to different performance types. The terrace offers beautiful views of the Potomac River. Dining options are fine and there are others nearby. The free performances on the Millennium Stage is an amazing opportunity for both the public and the performers.
    Written April 27, 2024
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