In search of geek treasures in Washington

Road Trip 2010: If you have an idea for a great geek-oriented spot in the nation's capital, I want to know about it. If I visit it, I may thank you with a small gift.

This 'Bond Car,' from the International Spy Museum, is a potential Road Trip 2010 stop. Got any other must-visit ideas for a geek visiting Washington, D.C.? International Spy Museum

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.--I've just begun Road Trip 2010, my annual journey in search of the best geek-centric spots this country has to offer, and I've got a hole in my schedule. Can you help?

Starting Sunday, I'm going to be in Washington, D.C. I'm booked up through Monday, but on Tuesday, I'd like to give the nation's capital one more day of my reporting time--and I'd love to get your help in deciding where to go.

I'm looking for spots that are very geek-friendly and that photograph well. I'm already considering all the obvious spots--the major memorials, the White House, the Capitol, and a few others, but Washington is so jam-packed with great stuff--and amazingly, I've never been there before--that I have no idea what else I should check out.

But I bet you can help me sift through the riches.

So if you have a suggestion of a great place to go in Washington, D.C., please let me know. I want to hear about it. And if I end up going to a spot that you suggest, and that I wasn't already considering, I'll offer you my thanks with a small token of my appreciation.

So, let's hear it, folks. What must a geek absolutely not miss on a weekday in D.C.? If you have an idea, please e-mail it to me (with "Washington, D.C." in the subject line) at daniel--dot--terdiman--at--cnet--dot--com. You can also leave your ideas in comments, but I'll only be able to offer tangible thanks to those who e-mail me. And, please understand if I don't respond to you. I get dozens of emails related to these requests.

For the next few weeks, Geek Gestalt will be on Road Trip 2010. After driving more than 18,000 miles in the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest and the Southeast over the last four years, I'll be looking for the best in technology, science, military, nature, aviation and more throughout the American Northeast. If you have a suggestion for someplace to visit, drop me a line. In the meantime, you can follow my progress on Twitter @GreeterDan and @RoadTrip and find the project on Facebook. And you can also test your knowledge of the U.S. and try to win a prize in the Road Trip Picture of the Day challenge.

 

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