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Trip to DC in November

Indianapolis, IN
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Trip to DC in November

I have an opportunity to visit DC next month for a long weekend and am curious about a couple things. I've been to DC about 4 times and I have a friend I can stay with, so I've already done the basic tourist stuff.

I've always come during the late spring or summer and never at this time of the year. How bundled up would I need to be? Does the cold wind whip around those buildings like I suspect it might? Do I have to stash my coat somewhere to get into places? Is tourism slow in mid November?

Anything special happen at this time of the year that I wouldn't get to see in the summer? An example is; the third floor of Mt Vernon is open to visitors close to Christmas and I would like to go there if it's open. Is there anything else like that?

It's been over 3 years since I last visited and some things on my agenda; to see the remodeled American History museum and do some genealogical research.

Anyone know the best place to start with the genealogy stuff? National Archives, DAR? I realize I may need to call them directly to find out what I can look at on site that I can't get from home.


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1. Re: Trip to DC in November

If you haven't been to Newseum, you should consider going. It's amazing! It was one of our favourite place.

Arlington, Virginia
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2. Re: Trip to DC in November

Another vote for the newseum! If you need any hotel suggestions within your budget, I will find you something really nice if you want me to :)

Also, most things are open normally, but most museums close around 5 or 5:30 rather than the 7 or so hours in the summer months.

Weather wise, every year is different. I'd pack in layers if I were you. A good wool coat is a smart idea in case it's snowing buckets like it has in the past :) but other years, it's in the 40s or 50s....prepare for the worse and the best and take either.


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3. Re: Trip to DC in November

The weather isn't a whole lot different than Indianapolis. Usually a bit milder, but not in a major way. It can be nice. It can be cold. Rarely bitter and windy in November. You will be able to wear your coat inside, but most museums have a coat check if you want to stash it while you are inside.

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4. Re: Trip to DC in November

I think the Indianapolis airport has more than 12 flights a day to Washington D.C. so its very good connection. If you go by train you can save $ 100 for a round trip. On this page you have all informations with prices for Indiana-Washington trip : travel-combinations.com/2011/12/from-indiana… !

Edited: 16 December 2011, 02:47
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