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See the sites Saturday or Sunday?

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See the sites Saturday or Sunday?

We are trying to decide if one of these days is better than the other...are things closed on Sundays? Taking 2 teens site seeing to the U.S monuments etc. We are sad to say we only have one day for our visit so we want to see as much as possible.

The kids are very excited and can't wait to get there. Trying to get our info straight before we get there.

What is the best site to get our info/maps etc?

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1. Re: See the sites Saturday or Sunday?

Most things are open on Sunday. The Capitol building and some other federal government buildings won't be though

Edited: 07 March 2011, 18:04
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2. Re: See the sites Saturday or Sunday?

This is the best site for information on touring DC, don't you think? There are some online maps that are pretty good. Here is one that covers most of the major sights in downtown DC: nps.gov/PWR/…NPS-Map-Washington-DC.pdf

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3. Re: See the sites Saturday or Sunday?

Will you have a car?

Early morning Sundays is a great time to drive around the Mall area and find things nice and quiet. It is a great way to just see things without battling traffic. You will probably be able to find easy parking to pop out and visit some of the memorials.

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4. Re: See the sites Saturday or Sunday?

All monuments and museums are open on both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday the National Gallery of Art is open 11-6 instead 10-5 on Mon-Sat.

The Smithsonian Museums are all 10-5:30 every day (except 12/25), except the Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at 8th and F, which is open 11:30-7:00.

Tours of buildings that are mainly offices as not held on Saturday or Sunday (like the Voice of America, or the Bureau of Printing and Engraving).

The Capitol is open for visitors on Saturday but NOT on Sunday.

If you are driving all the meters are free on Sunday, and most cost $2 per hour on Saturday. If you are taking the Metro, the differences are negligible.

The White House has tours, and if you can get a tour through your Representative or Senator, they are never on Sunday if I remember correctly. But not many people get those reservations anyway.

Sunday before noon anywhere is emptier than Saturday before noon.

By the way are you 416 or 905? We have relatives in Thornhill (west of Yonge) and others near Fairview Mall.

Edited: 07 March 2011, 22:10
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5. Re: See the sites Saturday or Sunday?

"The Smithsonian Museums are all 10-5:30 every day (except 12/25), except the Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at 8th and F, which is open 11:30-7:00."

And except when they are open for extended hours during busy parts of the year. Several of the popular museums are open until 7:30 PM then. See here: http://www.si.edu/visit/hours

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6. Re: See the sites Saturday or Sunday?

I don't know what you're doing that Monday but one thing to consider when deciding on Saturday or Sunday is will you be trying to get everyone up for school and work on Monday after getting back late on a Sunday evening?

We tend to take our day trips on Saturdays so we are not rushing to get home on Sunday to prepare for the week ahead.

Sunday will be a little less crowded at this time of year but we're getting into the start of tourist season which means DC is going to be crowded all the time coming up.

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7. Re: See the sites Saturday or Sunday?

Thanks for the prompt replies. That map site is excellent.

Sunday might end up being the better day for us by the sounds of it. Hoping to get an early start. The free meter parking would be convenient and less traffic is always a plus. The weather this Sunday is currently looking better too. We are crossing our fingers for sunshine.We are not looking forward to the rain we will have to endure on our drive from Ontario, Canada through New York and Maryland on Thursday and Friday....yikes...its going to rain cats and dogs by the looks of the weather sites. Will definitely bring our umbrellas.

NorthofDC - Thornhill and Fairview Mall are actually pretty close to each other even though they have different area codes. You can drive about 15-20 minutes between them. We actually live north of there but still 905 area code. Both of those areas are very nice to live in and have lots of shopping and restaurants nearby. We visit those areas often. The city has named the 905 and 416 area the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and it covers quite a bit of space. Toronto has grown so much recently...especially in the out skirts.

thanks again:) 2 more sleeps for us...so excited!

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