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Planing a ride at the end of the month to the D.C. area to visit the Air and Space museum and a couple other landmarks. Will be 3 of us on bikes (brothers) and will probably stay 2 days and 2 nights (wish could be longer but jobs do not allow). Will be starting out in Cleveland Ohio and heading over to the Finger Lakes then south. On the return planning to head towards WV for some scenery and then north about Charleston and back towards the North Shore. Went to D.C. as a teen but not since. Any advice and tips would be appreciated. Also anywhere bike friendly to stay while there or nearby that allows easy transportation to the museum, etc. Thanks
 

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Check out Skyline Drive from Front Royal to Waynesboro, VA on your way to WV.
 

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Went last year and stayed at the Best Western - Iwo Jima. Rooms were good and we had covered parking at no additional charge :p. Easy walk to the Metro. Never moved the bikes in 3 days.
 

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If you have the time - hit the Udvar Hazy part of the Air & Space Museum. It is out in Chantilly, about 20 mins outside of DC out by Dulles Airport. If you are into space travel / air travel this place has a lot of things to look at; i.e. Stealth Bomber, Space Shuttle....

On your WV part of your trip......

Skyline is a nice ride this time of year... Rt 33 from Harrisonburg over to Franklin is nice.. Rt 55 from Strasburg over to Seneca Rocks. Rt 9 from Leesburg over to Charles Town. Even I64 from Lewisburg over to Beckley is a nice run.

Enjoy your stay in DC!
 

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The closer you get to D.C. the higher the gas prices will be. Still some stations listed on gasbuddy at $3.99. Try to top off at least 50 miles out if you can.
 

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If you have the time - hit the Udvar Hazy part of the Air & Space Museum. It is out in Chantilly, about 20 mins outside of DC out by Dulles Airport. If you are into space travel / air travel this place has a lot of things to look at; i.e. Stealth Bomber, Space Shuttle....

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Planing a ride at the end of the month to the D.C. area to visit the Air and Space museum and a couple other landmarks. Will be 3 of us on bikes (brothers) and will probably stay 2 days and 2 nights (wish could be longer but jobs do not allow). Will be starting out in Cleveland Ohio and heading over to the Finger Lakes then south. On the return planning to head towards WV for some scenery and then north about Charleston and back towards the North Shore. Went to D.C. as a teen but not since. Any advice and tips would be appreciated. Also anywhere bike friendly to stay while there or nearby that allows easy transportation to the museum, etc. Thanks
The suggestion to visit the Udvar-Hazy complex is well-recommended. You can spend all day there. If you're going to ride into DC, here's a link to a Google map of motorcycle-only parking spaces.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114066583653466842962.000455105473895cf9dc9

I usually recommend visitors take Metro into town though. There are a number of motels just west of DC, in the Northern Virginia suburbs, that are convenient to the Metro's Orange Line.
 

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I-66W out of DC to exit 53B and go see the space shuttle and SR71 at the air and space museum (Udvar Hazy part of the Air & Space Museum) at Dulles back to 66W and get off at exit 6 if you want to go to Skyline Dr. turn left. Right for shopping center. If not the stay on 66W and exit onto I-81S go approx 3 miles and exit right at exit 296. Keep right and follow route 55W into WV. Follow 55W into Petersburg,WV and at second red light take 42N to route 50 at Mt. Storm. Turn left and take 50W through WV and enjoy the mountains, rivers etc.
 

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Been to DC hundreds of times and still haven't seen it all. Whereever you stay, make it walking distance to a Metro station (Google Metro for a map, fares, etc.). Park and cover your bikes and takes Metro whereever. Much, MUCH easier.

Both Air & Space museums (one by Dulles airport, one in The Mall) are excellent. National History & Natural History Museum are good. A little more offbeat are the Spy Museum near the MCI Center and The Bureau of Printing & Engraving, where they print the money. Tours there are on a first-come, first-served basis. Read more here:

http://www.moneyfactory.gov/tours/washingtondctours.html

In case you're wondering, White House tours have to be scheduled in advance. For U.S. Capitol tours, you can just walk up.

Wear comfy shoes and bring water/sunscreen because you'll be walking A LOT.



Hope that helps!
 

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Thanks to all for the suggestions and tips. They are well received and are greatly appreciated. :bow:

Safe Travels!
 

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If you are into Civil War history at all, you can check out the Manassas Battlefield which is roughly 35 from D.C. just off of Rte 66.

"There stands Jackson like a stone wall rally behind the Virginians"


Manassas is about 18 miles from the Vieanna Metro station on the Orange Line, and will take you right into D.C. and you could hop right off at the Smithsonian Station and be right in the middle of it all.

FYI rush hour in that area is HORRIBLE and runs from 6-10 a.m and from 3-7 p.m.. Most of the major roads offer HOV lanes that bikes can use.

Jimmy's old town Tavern in Herndon VA. has great food and cold beverages!!

Have a great trip
 

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Got me thinking now that maybe we could stay a little ways away and take the metro in each day. Any suggestions for this? We were planning to park the bikes the whole time we were in that area originally.
 

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I highly recommend the Night Tour of the various monuments that begins at Union Station. The Korean War monument is best seen at night. The faces/pictures on the wall leap out at you, but are really muted in the daylight. The guides are excellent and will make the tour worthwhile.
Not a bad idea to stay outside DC itself and take the Metro in. Buy a Pass rather than pay for each ride, it will be cheaper.
Also, ride down to George Washington's plantation. It's not far if you have time & a nice ride.
There is so much to see you will never see it all!
A wonderful place to visit.
PM me if you want more info.
 

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All of the prior recommendations are good. I personally prefer places to- ride-to vs. museums, so Gettysburg isn't too far from DC. If you get a really early start, you could do a 1/2-day at Dulles Air & Space and a 1/2- day riding around the battlefield. A late dinner, and a night ride back makes for a great day! :thumbup:
 

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If coming in from the northwest could stay around Shady Grove and use the Red Line.
OR, If Leaving on I-66W stay around Fairfax and take the orange line
http://www.wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm
 

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When Planning your trip try to stay away from 495 aka the beltway right now. The VA side is going through a lot of construction right now and the lanes are constantly being moved and re-marked. There are sudden sharp turns now in the road and some lanes just disappear at certain points.

And timing is everything when you visit this region. You must understand the Metro system is packed wall to wall people in the mornings and in the rush hour. Locals have little sympathy for tourist that are in the way or standing in the walking part of the escalators on the metro system. If you think cagers are bad wait until you get in the way of someone running to the metro at 330.

Where to stay:
http://dc.about.com/library/maps/blmapNWWashingtonDC.htm
This link shows the different quadrants of DC and if are not staying in the NW section of DC, you are in questionable neighborhood. And with out of state tags you just became a real easy target.
So what about MD?
Stay in Montgomery county Maryland if you get a good deal and you want to stay in Maryland. Stay out of Prince George's county. You might have to fly home if you can not find your stolen bike on the local craigslist.
So what about VA?
VA is a good option, I would find a place close to a metro line and take the train in. Oh and one more thing about the metro, pay attention. If you are too busy reading or playing with a electronic device thieves will snatch it from you then jump off the train and theft is higher in the DC and MD lines. Arlington and Alexandria have lots of hotel, metro, and food options.
Rides:
Lots of Civil War rides Antietam is a nice ride and if you go , plan a stop to harpers ferry along the way. Manassas is good, and you can drive some of the back roads to go to luray caverns www.[B]luraycaverns[/B].com.

Nightlife if you stay in DC, go to georgetown. After 4 on a weekday all of the small places to eat in the center of the city close.
Ben's Chili bowl is cool place for unhealthy food in the city. If you are in VA, look up Rays hell burger or cheaper option is 5 guys for more unhealthy food.

Also the national mall reflecting pool is under renovation http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/local/reflecting-pool-on-the-national-mall-under-renovation-062911



Biggest tips
1. Stay off the beltway
2. plan your travel around the rush hours
3.dusk and dawn are the best times to see the sights in DC
4.Do not sleep with any interns, tap your foot in a bathroom, or send pics from cellphone.....unless it is of your wing

 

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We went last year and went to Arlington first. Took that tour and then rode the tour bus all around the city on the cheap. Much easier than dealing with the traffic, parking, and bad drivers. Arlington has a parking garage that has 2 levels so you can park the bikes out of the sun as well. :thumbup:
 
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