# Udvar - Hazy trip report

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#### vjp

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Here's a recap of my trip to Udvar-Hazy, the new Smithsonian Air & Space museum
next to Dulles airport, Virginia.

We left around 9:30 a.m. yesterday (Monday, December 30th), expecting light
post-rush-hour traffic and a quick trip. We avoided I-95 and the D.C. beltway
as well as Rt. 66, instead heading west on I-70, then down 340 and 15 to rt. 28,
approaching the museum from the north. We made very good time - UNTIL we
hit the backup at the exit to the museum.

What would have been a <2 hour trip, turned out taking nearly 3 hours instead.
The final 1.5 miles took nearly a full hour. That was one slow, agonizing hour,
thanks to my having downed two big-gulp sized coffees just before leaving. Ugh!
At first, I thought an accident was to blame for the backup, but in fact the
accident was on rt. 28 northbound, and we were heading south, and the left lane
traffic was making good headway. Nope, that looooooooong line of cars we were in
were ALL headed for the same destination that we were. This museum is drawing a
LOT of people in its opening weeks.

#### vjp

##### Well-Known Member
Dick, thanks for the photos. Glad to hear the crowds were light - I guess I just picked the wrong day to go!

I see now too, how I missed Goddard's rocket. I had rushed past the Apollo mobile quarantee facility, to catch up to the group I was with, and never checked out that nice display case next to it.

NARHAMS has a field trip to U-H tentatively planned for spring, I may go back then.