Springhill Suites Columbia
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
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... on both Jon and Lonely Planet's favourite parts of the Smithsonian.
That museum is a huge enterprise, with its own castle housing information and offices, and separate buildings for the art, space, indian and other museums. I walked back to the station and then down to the Capitol, which grows impressively in your vision as you walk towards it. The idea was to build everything in the neo-classical style, which is grand and looks fabulous, though ...
The weather was supposed to cold and wet today, so the idea was to spend the day inside.
Unfortunately, there is not much parking anywhere close to the National Mall, except 2 hour street parking, so it was 1/2 mile walk from the parking garage to the Air and Space Museum.
I did not realize how much one could walk just browsing around museums, so ...
... then the commuter train. If I had to pick a favourite moment of the journey I'm not sure what would win: a) being scammed into an awful $17 Chinese for lunch, b) being so bored that I watched a looped YNN feature telling high school children how to cross the road (I'm sure these 14-18 year old kids, who should have been in school an hour and a half before, watch the morning news), or c) my final leg on a partially full 48-seat propeller plane staffed by ...
... following flags on our map:
Yellow - Beaches
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I then headed over to the simulator rides and flew a fighter jet which was pretty cool and not that bloody easy I'll give you the tip.
I rounded out my visited by heading up to the observation tower which provides a 360 degree bird's eye view of Dulles International Airport and the surrounding area. It was great as you can watch planes landing and taking off whilst listening to the air traffic control tower at Dulles, 'live'.