At Udvar-Hazy, Enjoy Holiday Travel Without the Hassle

The observation tower at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center


Last week, three major U.S. airports opened new runways—Chicago O'Hare, Seattle-Tacoma and Washington Dulles International Airport. At Dulles, the new runway reportedly will handle 100,000 more airplanes a year, which translates to an additional three million passengers—and, we hope, fewer delays this Thanksgiving weekend.

If you’re staying grounded this Thanksgiving or, dare I say, you find yourself with a delay at Dulles, you ought to check out the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Donald D. Engen Tower at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The 164-foot tower offers a 360-degree bird's eye view of the airport's runways and may afford a more relaxing view of the holiday bustle than you'll get at the airport.

Udvar-Hazy Center

And while you're there, check out the museum's Boeing Aviation Hangar that highlights other shining moments in commercial flight. A retro brown and yellow Boeing 367-80 Jet Transport, a prototype for the 707, is in the permanent collection.

(Photographs by Chip Py)


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