Washington D.C. Events Set for Obama Inauguration

January 11, 2009 by  
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A schedule of events (from Saturday, January 17 until Wednesday, January 21) has been released in connection with the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. The happenings start with the Obama family boarding a train from Philadelphia to Wilmington to pick up Vice President-elect Joe Biden en route to Washington D.C. and conclude with a prayer service at Washington National Cathedral. There are also a series of inaugural balls throughout the week.

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Washington D.C. (Free PDF Map) has a multitude of activities for visitors who are attending the inauguration. Among the best attractions are the monuments and memorials, Capitol, White House, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian Museums. There are also plenty of free things to do in the District of Columbia. To find some of the most popular and tasty restaurants try Where The Locals Eat.

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11 Responses to “Washington D.C. Events Set for Obama Inauguration”
  1. CC says:

    Wish I was going for the inauguration.

  2. Lisa says:

    It’s going to be a magical time in the city with all the energy, but so crowded…

  3. Tyler says:

    This has been the longest election cycle ever. Nice to have it all actually start. DC is a cool city. Lots to see and do.

  4. Gennaro says:

    @ Lisa

    It will definately be crazy on Monday and Tuesday in the city. Those who want to see parts of the city will need to spend another day or two.

    @Tyler

    It was very long :)

  5. Sid says:

    DC is an under-rated city. Too busy next week though.

  6. Gennaro says:

    @Sid

    I love visiting DC too. No doubt next week isn’t the best time for visiting sites.

  7. Living in the DC area, I have to say that I will be glad to see the inauguration come and go. I will also be glad to be watching it from the comfort of my own home since the only way into the city is by Metro (subway). :)

    oh – I agree with the other comments made – DC is a great city with lots to see and do!!

  8. Gennaro says:

    @ Tabitha

    I hear a lot of locals are steering clear for a couple of days. That or making a killing renting their places.

  9. Gennaro – you’re right, a lot of people have cleared out. We were going to go out of town too, but decided to stick around. Although we will be staying home and not venturing downtown. I did take pictures of the Capitol this weekend, though, just so I could say that I saw the set up. :)

    Monday Musings Attending The Inauguration

  10. Gennaro says:

    @Tabitha – Well done.

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