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Strange and Unusual Things to do in and around Washington, DC

by Catpurring Online Now Nov 4, 2008 at 4:08 PM

I am bringing a bus tour of 54 Seniors into the Washington Area. A tour company in Washington will be looking after the "regular" things to do but I am looking for something unusual. We are staying in Alexandria and will have the use of our Coach. Where would you go where others would never think of to go?

For example in Chicago we went to Eli's Cheese Factory...

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    Re: Strange and Unusual Things to do in and around Washington, DC

    by Rixie Online Now Nov 4, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    What's on your "regular" DC itinerary? I have a few ideas, but they might already be on your list.

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    Re: Strange and Unusual Things to do in and around Washington, DC

    by stamporama Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 1:51 AM

    You might consider the International Spy Museum, check the link below.

    http://www.spymuseum.org/

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    Re: Strange and Unusual Things to do in and around Washington, DC

    by gilabrand Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 6:51 AM

    The haunted cemetery in Georgetown.

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    Re: Strange and Unusual Things to do in and around Washington, DC

    by Catpurring Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 8:04 AM

    Rixie, we are planning the normal touristy things: A bus tour to orientate us, one at night and one during the day. The Arlington Cemetery. A lot are interested in the Smithsonian. I want to see the Spy Museum and the Holocaust. So all the crowded spots. as we are Canadians we cannot get into the White House as we have no one in congress. What i am looking for is a not so well known spot where when we are back in Canada not everyone but some will say "that XXXX that we went to see was so interesting".

    Unusual and different not on your normal bus tour something out in left field.

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    Re: Strange and Unusual Things to do in and around Washington, DC

    by Catpurring Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 8:07 AM

    Thank you "Stamporama" that is on our list.

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    Re: Strange and Unusual Things to do in and around Washington, DC

    by Catpurring Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 8:09 AM

    This sounds worth looking into as it will indeed be Strange and Unusual. Just what I was thinking of. Thanks

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    Re: Strange and Unusual Things to do in and around Washington, DC

    by gilabrand Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 8:22 AM

    Sorry about that. I guess a cemetery, especially a haunted one, might not be a good choice for seniors. So how about the butterfly garden near the Mall. Here's the website: gardens.si.edu/horticulture/...

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    Re: Strange and Unusual Things to do in and around Washington, DC

    by Rixie Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    National Museum of Health and Medicine
    http://nmhm.washingtondc.museum/
    I remember touring this years ago when my uncle, a doctor, came to town. There were some fascinating and bizarre exhibits.

    Bureau of Printing and Engraving
    Watch huge sheets of money rolling off the presses. One of the souvenirs sold there used to be a little plastic bag of shredded money --100 worth of mistakes.

    The FBI tours used to be good, but those have been suspended.

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    Re: Strange and Unusual Things to do in and around Washington, DC

    by Jamesr3939 Online Now Nov 5, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    I have been told the best kept secret is the tour of the US Supreme Court. Also Air and Space Anex out at Dullas and the National Rifle Association musuem is not to far from there. They are both outside the normal commute gridlock going in to DC and you could do them both the same day.

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    Re: Strange and Unusual Things to do in and around Washington, DC

    by zanzooni Online Now Nov 7, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    I would visit "Eastern Market" with out doubt and reservation. The Metro has a stop there, and it's not far from the Capital, and Union Station, which I suggest you visit as well. I have both Union Station, and Eastern Market on my DC pages, so you can sneak a peak. The neighborhoods in that district are awesome to walk around in. Where in Alexandria are you staying? Old Town is a wonderful place to walk about, and it's on the Potomac. Lot's of history there, lots of top notch restaurants. One of the top restaurants is owned by one of the top Chef's in Metro DC, and who's been written up in almost every foodie magazine. Dublin native, Cathal Armstrong, "Restaurant Eve". It's on the pricy side, but worth it. Organic, and Green. But he also owns a fish and chip take out/sit down with-in 5 blocks of "..Eve", 'Eamonn's A Dublin Chipper.',named after his young son. Fresh fish cut daily, and chips hand cut. You must visit one of these places! You can google his restaurant for more data. I'm sure I can come up with more if you want.~

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