This is the annex of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Where is it:
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, VA 20151. Just outside of Washington D.C. to the west.
What does it cost:
Free! Well, sort of. It’s $15 for parking although every time I go there is no one at the gate and you go right in. Maybe I’m stealing, I dunno.
How long should I plan to stay:
This is an all-day museum. Bonus is that it’s so spacious, you can bring the kids and let them run a bit. There’s a McDonald’s for lunch in the museum. Nothing shuts them up faster than a happy meal!
The actual Enola Gay is here. The entire plane in all it’s glory. Not many airplanes can give me goosebumps but that bad boy sure as hell did.
There’s a small exhibit for hot air balloons which I am irrationally in love with.
They also have the entire spaceship Discovery in one of the hangars. I’m not a space nerd but it’s still pretty cool. I didn’t see any aliens but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there.
There’s also a bunch of old timey and contemporary aviation doohickeys.
Is it worth it:
Heck yeah. Come for the Enola Gay, stay for the kids running around so much they will actually sleep in the damn car on the way home. Read more here!