#365 – Take the Tourmobile


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I thought it would be appropriate for the 365th post to be a tour of highlights of the area. Fortunately the government averted a shut down so this is still possible. Catch the Tourmobile at Arlington National Cemetery for the only riding tour of the cemetery, or take the American Heritage Tour which includes the cemetery as well as monuments, memorials and museums in DC, the Mount Vernon tour, or the Frederick Douglass tour to his newly restored home, Cedar Hill. That’s 365 – watch for an announcement on what’s next.


Author’s Note: while the Tourmobile seemed an appropriate finale for365 things to do, it is unfortunately stopped running October 31, 2011 after 42 years in operation.

#293 – Check out the Tuba and Euphonium Conference

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Okay, this one’s for a select group but I try to provide something for everyone. If you are a tuba or euphonium player, or just enjoy listening to them, there is a four day Tuba and Euphonium Conference with sessions at Brucker Hall at Ft. Myer and Kenmore Middle School January 27-30. All sessions are free and open to the public and tuba/euphonium players are welcome to bring their instrument to the reading sessions. Click the link for a complete schedule and description of events.

#59 – Visit the Arlington Historical Museum

Arlington Historical Society, Arlington Ridge, VA
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The Arlington Historical Museum, 1805 S. Arlington Ridge Road, is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4. The museum is owned and operated by the Historical Society and  is located in the old Hume School building, the oldest school building in Arlington, built in 1891.

#45 – Visit an old Southern Railway Caboose at Bluemont Junction

Southern Railway donated this caboose after the Federal government allowed railroads to operate trains without cabooses. Alexandria and Arlington’s  grew up around rail lines of the RF&P, the W&OD and two trolley lines (Washington, Alexandria and Mt. Vernon Railway, and the Arlington and Fairfax Railway).  The Bluemont Historical Railway Junction Display, Alexandria and Arlington’s only railway museum, is located in the caboose and is open to visitors on weekends.

#40 – Visit the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Museum and Visitor Center

Drug Enforcement Administration badge.
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Located across from The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Museum and Visitor Center is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10-4.  According to the museum’s website, “the mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum and Visitors Center is to educate the American public on the history of drugs, drug addiction and drug law enforcement in the United States through engaging and state-of-the-art exhibits, displays, interactive stations and educational outreach programs.”