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Old 03-28-2012, 12:46 AM   #1
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What to do at Dulles?

I'm going to Dubai for work next week, connecting via Dulles.

Both layovers are very long. I'll be in Dulles for just under 6 hours on Friday evening on the way over. Then the layover on the way back next Thurs is just over 10 hours

Any suggestions on what to do (besides the Air & Space Museum at the other side of the airport...)?

I'm there from ~4pm to ~10pm on Fri and ~6:30am to ~5pm next Thurs.
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:25 AM   #2
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Udvar-Hazy Museum. Part of the Smithsonian Air and Space setup. They run buses from IAD to the muesum and back.

Of course, this means leaving the secure area and having to go through that mess again.

http://nasm.si.edu/udvarhazy/
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:35 PM   #3
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Udvar-Hazy Museum. Part of the Smithsonian Air and Space setup. They run buses from IAD to the muesum and back.

Of course, this means leaving the secure area and having to go through that mess again.

http://nasm.si.edu/udvarhazy/
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(besides the Air & Space Museum at the other side of the airport...)
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It will now be known as "The Pinecone School of Reading Comprehension."

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ZBB, I would suggest an iPad and charger.

There's a decent indoor go kart track that might be an option, but check their calendar to make sure they aren't booked.

Not much to do out that way. A few shopping centers. You probably have enough time on the way back to take a cab or shuttle into DC and get back.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:52 PM   #4
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"The FF School of Reading Comprehension" has a new name.

It will now be known as "The Pinecone School of Reading Comprehension."

...

ZBB, I would suggest an iPad and charger.

There's a decent indoor go kart track that might be an option, but check their calendar to make sure they aren't booked.

Not much to do out that way. A few shopping centers. You probably have enough time on the way back to take a cab or shuttle into DC and get back.
Yes, the Air and Space Museum is about it out there. You won't need 6 hours to see it, though--even the big museum is disappointingly small compared to something like Wright Patterson.

"Downtown" Reston is a short cab ride away and provides a decent place to get some fresh air, a bite to eat, and a walk. It's a sort of quasi-town center space/outdoor shopping mall.

Other than clyde's idea about the go-kart track, there's not much else. There's a Wegman's a short ride up 28, if you want to buy some groceries. It's right next to a Mini/BMW dealer and Ferrari/Maserati of Washington, which has in the past proved to be a convenient family outing.

There's also a racing gear store out there (O.G. Racing), but it's not worth a side trip and you can get most of their stuff on the Internet.
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Thanks guys...

I think I'll do the Air & Space thing -- looks like a shuttle bus is avail from the airport.

But mostly will be a long day hanging out in the business class lounge...
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:05 AM   #6
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6 hours is not bad. I just had a 5 hour layover between a 2 hour flight and a 1 hour flight. More time laying over than flying.

And remember, it will take you 30 minutes or more from gate to outside at Dulles (you have to catch a bus of tram to get to the main terminal). And yuo need to get back in time to go through security again, and to get the bus/shuttle back to the proper terminal/gate.

And it was NOT a lack of reading comprehension, but a failure to read the entire post before replying.
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