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National Christmas Tree/ Monuments Sunset Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Urban Hike
Event Location: Washington DC. Smithsonian Metro Stop
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Dec 22 2013  3:45 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Oct 4 2013 9:11 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Dec 20 2013 10:00 am
Event Duration:4 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:5 Miles
Event Organizer(s):
Dominic Frasca
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:15
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 13 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Join Jim Newman and the Washington Backpackers on an urban - Washington DC sunset tour of the DC monuments, followed up by a visit to the National Christmas Tree.


-*DRF note:  While I'm posting this here, this is Jim Newman's event (see the link to the Washington Backpakers event page here:, and to him goes the credit.  He's generously allowed us to crosspost it here.  His description of the event is here:

This is an event I do every year and great for kids of all ages! We will meet at the Smithsonian Metro Station on the National Mall at 3:45 PM, then walk around the monuments enjoying the sunset and moonrise, ending up at the National Christmas Tree to get warm by the fire and enjoy some of the performances you can find here:

As always dinner will occur at the end of our hike. Please dress warmly and be prepared to walk a few miles on a windy, chilly evening. This is a fun, get you in the Christmas Spirit Event, so let's enjoy some good cheer to get us going for the last week before Christmas or whatever Holiday Event you celebrate! Happy Holidays everyone!

Required Items to Bring:

cold weather clothing.  Hats and gloves strongly recommended....we'll be outdoors for sever hours.

comfortable walking shoes.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

money for optional post walk dinner.


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Washington Metro "Smithsonian Metro stop" (accessible off the BLue and Orange lines).  Note that there are two exits- one onto the National Mall, the other onto 12th and Independence Ave.  (The two exits are within sighting distance.  Look around for the group)

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