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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
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“Wow!”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Outstanding experience. Seeing the Space Shuttle Discovery up close, as well as all the aircraft on display, brought tears to my eyes and made me thank God even more for the freedom we enjoy in the US and for those who fight to keep us free.

Visited June 2014
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Abington, Pennsylvania
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“Do Not Miss this experience-”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

We took a bus tour from Philly area via Hagey Tours, always a good experience, avoiding
the Washington traffic. Plan on 2 to 8 + hours depending upon your level of interest. Wear comfortable shoes. Stop at the visitor desk for a map, note the location scheme on the map
as to the location and level of the aircraft. We went on a Saturday and it was not overly crowded. We stayed for 4.5 hours, a nice amount of time to see all the aircraft. Next time we
will take one of the free tours, we did not have time for this or other activites that would be good for the family, Imax and simulators- extra $$. While yoo are not allowed in any of the
aircraft, they are all fully visible. To see the space shuttle was truely awesome.. Only lunch was McD's , but plenty of seating and line not too bad.

Visited June 2014
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Vaudreuil-Dorion, Canada
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“A must see for the aviation geeks”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

The best aviation museum and the best museum I've ever visited overall. Walking in you are greeted by an SR-71 right in the middle of the hanger and Space Shuttle Discovery right behind it. You will need a few hours to go through the museum and maybe even more if you decided to take photos(2-3). I arrived mid afternoon on a Friday and it wasn't that busy with giant crowds of people. I was able to snap over 300 photos with ease. I suggest having a wide angle lens if you own an SLR. The exhibits seemed to be laid out for the more "serious" aviation crowd. While you do have little descriptions of the aircraft they don't really get into that much detail. If you are unaware of some aircraft or items on display you can always take a tour or ask staff. Seriously though does Concorde or an F-14 need a flashing neon display saying what it is?

I can also suggest taking a good 70-200 lens as you can take some awesome shots of aircraft arriving at IAD from the parking lot.

The only bummer was the gift shop seemed to be short on L or XL Tshrits!

Who care's about the 15$ parking when you have such a well preserved collection in one spot. I would have paid 15$ without a thought to see the collection. The McDonald's on site was a pleasant surprise and has free WiFi. I am not sure what people are complaining about but the prices seemed fine to me...

Visited June 2014
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“Seriously Unbelievably Awesome”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

Do not listen to the guy who is upset about the $15 parking. Seriously - parking in Washington DC is not cheap for a day of sightseeing - so $15 for parking is nothing. There is no other fee.

This place is nuts - you need serious time to see and enjoy everything and I'm sure a day would not even begin to cover it. We spent a lot of time by the space craft and the black bird - the kids and adults spent entirely too much time at the replica of the spaceship ufo from the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind...seek it out in the space area. They built this awesome replica ...and hidden on it you can find R2D2, a volkeswagon bus, a mailbox, traffic lights, a graveyard....the list goes on. it was my 10 year old who actually said at one point....we're wasting time - there is so much more to see! lol.

They didn't have maps anywhere - but when I asked for one - they gave one to me happily. So definitely ask for one, Also - everyone seemed very helpful and willing to answer questions.

We went up to the observation tower - and got to see Air France come in (several other planes too)- very cool. The kids and adults give this place 5 stars and we didn't even see half of it!

ps - we left and ate at a chick-fil-a down the road - no biggie. We weren't there for fine dining. We were there to see cool aircraft!

Visited June 2014
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“SR-71 Blackbird”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

One of the newer attractions west of DC with less congestion. Consider taking a short ripped to the no charge Smithsonian (Udvar-Hazy) center. Numerous planes hanging from seemingly every spare inch of space spanning the entire flight era from the Jenny biplane to the Discovery space shuttle...the oldest space shuttle in the fleet.

The two main attractions are the SR 71 Blackbird. The Blackbird currently holds the speed record from LA to NY....and is essentially one huge supersonic flying gas tank...weighing over 220% more full of fuel than when empty. It is extremely impressive and quite a site.

Trip will take several hours and the complex includes an IMAX. Check out the times when you first arrive as several movies rotate in order...meaning with a 2 hour visit you might not get the chance to see the movie you want if you are not aware of the schedules.

On site restaurant...bathroom facilities with a mock up observation tower of nearby Dulles airport. Museum includes 3 levels to get a good view of all planes and satellites...but not all levels are immediately visible from the entrance. Many kid tided...and simulators too.

Quite a bit of fun!

Visited June 2014
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