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a VirtualTourist member from Chicago asked on Dec 11, 2002


Moving to DC..need some insight!

Hello all. I am moving to the D.C. area in the next month from Chicago. Need to know a few things: How is the moutain biking? Where is the moutian biking? Is there a place to roller blade? Is dating a pain in the A** or it fairly hard to meet people? -is D.C. as international as people claim? is the sucks 8 months of the year. Thanks for the insight!!!!! Best, Mo

7 Answers

answered on 12/11/02 by
a VT member from Washington D.C.

Hey there...I am also a recent "expatriate" from Chicago to D.C. There's more (and bigger) parks around the D.C. area than Chicago to go rollerblading...but I'm not sure about mountain biking. When it comes to politics, D.C. seems to be more internationally-oriented than Chicago but the diversity of people around D.C. seems to be quite similar to Chicago (actually I feel that there's more ethnic neighborhoods in Chicago than D.C. but this is just my opinion). The weather here is great (compared to Chicago). NO windchill to worry about and in the past 2 weeks, we already have 2 "snow days"...something unheard of when I was living in Chicago. As for meeting people, there's not as many places to go to for bars, etc. but the Georgetown and Adams Morgan areas are sufficient (i guess). P.S. I do miss the Chicago skyscrapers, and I disagree with you....Chicago does not suck 8 months of the year! LOL :=)

answered on 12/11/02 by
a VT member from New Mexico

Not sure what age, sex, etc. you are interested in dating but I found the DC area to be a great dating arena. Every club, hotel, bar, etc. had a well attended happy hour. Office workers after work head for the local bars and mingle. There are clubs for singles that met regularly at various venues also. Check the social section of the sunday newpaper for contact information. The Hilton in Savage (half way between DC and Baltimore on Hiway 1) was a great meat market. I only dated for a short time in Chicago (2weeks) but if you are successful there you will be fine in DC.

answered on 12/11/02 by
a VT member from Chicago

Your right...only 6 months out of the year!! hahah...No really what part of Chicago are you from? I am from the Loop. I agree there are a lot of neighborhoods...but they are extremely segregated. In addition, the attitude here is fairly "close minded" Thanks!!! Mo

answered on 12/11/02 by
a VT member from Fairfax

DC is a wonderful city. I grew up just outside of it, and have had some great experiences. I agree with Mayasmin, you'll have fun meeting people in Georgetown. as for biking try a trip along the C&O canal. Starts near Georgetown and runs into Cumberland Maryland. Its NOT mounting biking but its a great ride, and a good way for you to get to know the area. As for mountain biking, you'll have to travel into Virginia most likey. Aslo if you're into hiking and what not, take a day trip to Great Falls, located right off the beltway. Its a beautiful area. hope this helps. Kyle

answered on 12/11/02 by
a VT member from Chula Vista

You're biking will have to travel; DC traffic can rival Chicago. BUT in Virginia you'll find great areas and rural roads. Georgetown (clubs) cater to the school so you should have no problem. Dupont Circle is "interesting" and you'll find just about anything. A very eclectic mix of clubs and restaurants.

answered on 12/14/02 by
a VT member from North Springfield

There are a number of good places for mountain biking in northern Virginia. I like Lake Accotink and the Prince William Forest Park (a unit of the National Park Service). For both mountain biking and social activities, check out: Can't comment from personal experience on the dating scene. Because of the economy here, there are a lot of young, single people here. The DC area is certainly international. Many of the neighborhoods in the city, and in many of the outlying 'burbs, cater to ethnic groups. Arlington, for instance, has a very large immigrant hispanic population. It's great to meet new folks and try the cuisine! I don't care for the weather -- I'm originally from the Pacific Northwest, so I don't care for the hot/humid summers and cold/dry winters. Take care, and enjoy the experience.

answered on 3/13/03 by
a VT member from Bethesda

The Capital Crescent trail is a great place for roller blading. It starts in Bethesda next to the Honda dealer and ends in's a 16 mile trail round-trip. Its paved and flat. However, it can get quite busy in the summer, but if you go during the week you should be alright! Happy trails!

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