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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

A few weeks ago, I went to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center out in Chantilly, VA. I've been to the one in DC on the National Mall, but never to this one. If you have a chance to go, I would recommend it. According to the Smithsonian's website, the museum opened in 2003 and the two hangers - the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar - includes "thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the space shuttle Discovery."

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

I will be honest, I didn't even realize that it was two hangers, instead of one, but the museum is huge. I very much remember the blackbird, my boyfriend pointed it out to me and is obsessed with it.

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

We were at the museum for almost two hours, and the only reason for that was because it was about to close. You can definitely spend half the day there, especially if you see an IMAX movie.

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

I was literally amazed at everything in there. There are more than 100 planes in the museum, and like the description from the website says, even a space shuttle.

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

The nice thing about the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center was that it wasn't as crowded as the Air and Space Museum on the Mall. So you can walk around and not feel rushed or that someone is invading your space.  

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Like all of the Smithsonians, it was free to get in, but it does cost $15 to park. 

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

So if you're coming to DC for a vacation, or maybe you've been living in DC for the last five years, but never drove out to Chantilly, check out the very spectacular Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Last pic, this isn't even the tip of the iceberg. I took so many!

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