I had an absolutely wonderful weekend with my parents and am sad to see them leave today. The Texans weren’t too keen on the cold DC weather, so I had to get creative when planning things to do around DC. Thankfully my parents have been in DC quite a bit, so we didn’t have to go downtown to see the monuments (though I’ll admit, I kinda wanted to go see the new baby panda at the zoo this weekend).
What most people don’t know is that there are actually two Air and Space Museums here in the Washington DC area. The first Air and Space museum is located on the National Mall, while the “other” Air and Space Museum is located near Dulles Airport.
The Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA provides a completely different experience than the Air and Space Museum downtown because of the open space. The Center is essentially two large airplane hangers, which allows for full sized airplanes and space crafts to be held inside.
It was a lot of fun looking at all of the old airplanes, and reading about their place in history. It was incredible to see the Enola Gay, which was the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb.
The second hanger was filled with all things space! From satellites to artifacts, the second hanger was a space lover’s dream.
The hanger is also home to the Space Shuttle Discovery, which took its final flight into space in 2011. Being able to see the space shuttle was really powerful! It was honestly a lot smaller than I thought it would be. It was a lot like an airplane.
After a few hours in the museum, we headed down to Falls Church for lunch at Lost Dog Cafe. A bit of a drive from Dulles, but well worth it!
If you haven’t been out to the Udvar-Hazy Center, I highly recommend you add it to your DC to do list. The museum is free year round, but do be prepared to pay $15 to park.