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Advice please - proposed trip

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Advice please - proposed trip

Any useful comments or advice welcomed on proposed trip for September:-

* Washington DC (3 nights) just want to get a flavour of the city and visit the flight / space museum

* Drive to Luray via Skyline Drive - stopping off for 2/3 hours for a quick hike. Stay 2 nights. Possible horseback ride in Skylands.

* Drive to Charlottesville (via Waynesborough)- stay overnight

* Drive to Williamsburg (4 nights). Visit Jamestown / W'burg / Yorktown etc.

* Head for coast - possibly Chincoteague for 2 nights in order to explore Assateague area.

* Then head for somewhere around Rehoboth Beach area for three nights (Want to visit Drive in movie at Fenton on the Monday)

*Then back to Washington for overnight stay before coming home.

Main areas of indecision are the coastal stops. I like nice beaches. Would prefer areas not too commercialised( don't mind a bit of life but not "cheap and tacky" areas (if you know what I mean).

We are a couple in our forties (but about 25 - 30 in our minds).

Any suggestions welcomed as although we have travelled around the USA a fair bit - this is a new area to us.

Thanks

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1. Re: Advice please - proposed trip

I am in no way shape or form a travel agent, but your itinerary sounds good to me. The only thing I would suggest would be to make sure you take the Bay Bridge Tunnel to get from Williamsburg to Chincoteague.

MB

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I'd highly recommend that you get to Chincoteague. It sounds like the kind of beach you're looking for.

Chincoteague is a small town that happens to be near the ocean. September is after the main part of tourist season. Assateague is beautiful in its own way. We've been going there for several years.

Pictures and other info on our website if you're interested.

www.alandsuejohnson.com/assateague_island.htm

If it works for you, I'd stay in Rehoboth one night less and add it to Chincoteague.

You have a very nice trip laid out.

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Definitely don't miss the Bay Bridge Tunnel - that route up to Chincoteague is peaceful in September. There are some good places to eat crab along the way - head toward the Chesepeake and ask the locals. I agree about adding more time to the Assateague area - very peaceful there. You might also consider coming back to Washington (from Delaware) via Annapolis. We've driven that route ourselves - the town is lovely any time of year.

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4. Re: Advice please - proposed trip

Thank you all - will take your thoughts into consideration.

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I live in Charlottesville and have been to all of the areas you're thinking of visiting. If you like hiking and picturesque views, don't miss hiking around Crabtree Falls or Humpback Rock in the Shenandoah National Forest. Plan for a day or two to spend on the national mall. Keep in mind that the Air & Space Museum is now near Dulles Airport not on the mall. Don't miss the WWII Memorial or the National Gallery (if you enjoy art). Try to get into the Treasury Bldg. to see how our money is made - it's fascinating and interesting. I think some of the Smithsonian museums are being remodeled, so you might want to check it out before planning to see the American History, etc. The FDR Memorial and Iwo Jima Memorials (which are off the mall) are also worth your time. More fun is the Spy Museum and the Georgetown area (nice little shops and restaurants).

Regarding Charlottesville: There are two Hampton Inns that are nice; a Courtyard and a Fairfield Inn. If you want to spend some money, stay at Keswick or The Boar's Head Inn - but I'd save my money. Visit the corner area, park your car and walk around UVA. See the "lawn" area which is where graduation is held and where the original dorms are built. Very historic. Good places to eat on the corner are The College Inn (good breakfast, lunch or dinner) and Basil (mediterranean food). If you want to spend a bit more, consider West Main Restaurant. Good steaks and salads. Walk around the downtown mall, good shops, etc. The Downtown Grill offers expensive steaks that are very good, too. Miller's Bar (where Dave Matthews got his start and worked) is on the downtown mall and is a good place to grab a sandwich and beer. Pool is upstairs. Grab an excellent slice of pizza at Christian's Pizza. Super simple food is available at The Nook, but I think it's breakfast and lunch only. Eat Chaps ice cream. All homemade and very creamy. Downtown shops close about 6:00 on weekdays - some stay open until 8:00 on Friday night. Also - during the summer the downtown mall hosts "Fridays After 5" - bands, beers, people-watching.

If you're really feeling historic, visit Monticello and take the tour. Jefferson was a very interesting man. Personally, I'd skip Ashlawn (home of Monroe) because it's alittle boring compared to Monticello. Visit Michie Tavern, which is on the way to Monticello. They serve a delicious chicken dinner. The gift shop is nice, too. On the way up to Monticello, there's a "boardwalk" that walks all the way up. If it's not hot and you feel like alittle exercise, you might like that.

Sorry, never been to Chincoteague, but I've heard it's beautiful. Enjoy your trip, bring your camera and buy some Virginia wine!

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6. Re: Advice please - proposed trip

Thanks Nancanva - didn't realise the air /space museum had moved - is it still accessible by metro?

The info about Charlottesville is very welcome.

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The Air & Space Museum is now called the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and it's located out by Dulles Airport. I don't think it has a metro stop because I don't think the metro goes out there. If you've seen the old Air & Space Museum on the mall, this one will blow you away. There's a full-size space shuttle in it!! And, I think there's John Glenn's original space capsule. If air and space is your main interest, plan to visit there a good portion of your day.

Since I sense you may enjoy science-type exhibit, this may or may not interest you: the Dome in Rosslyn is hosting "The Bodies - An Exhibition". If You may have heard about this exhibition of cadavers that allows you to see the insides of a human being. It's fascinating and very interesting and is there until October 2007.

I hope you enjoy your visit here. I moved to CVille about 15 years ago and I just love living in Virginia. It's a beautiful state and being so near DC and all the stuff there is just a great bonus!

May you have a safe and memorable trip!

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8. Re: Advice please - proposed trip

travellerjulie

The Air and Space museum didn't move. There are now two. The original on is still in DC near the subway. I'm pretty sure they run shuttles between the two. Both are very good if you're into such things.

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AKJ - I was about to post the same thing!

Check the website for information about transportation: http://www.nasm.si.edu/visit/transportation/

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10. Re: Advice please - proposed trip

No more bus to Udvar Hazy from National Air & Space. I guess because of lack of participation.