Joint Base Andrews
11 FSS/FSFR, 1191 Menoher Drive, Andrews AFB, MD 20762-6421
In Washington, D.C., the summers are warm and muggy, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 88°F and is rarely below 17°F or above 96°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 30 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 88°F and low of 72°F. The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 1 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 29°F and high of 43°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.5 months, from April 10 to August 26, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on June 17. The drier season lasts 7.5 months, from August 26 to April 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on October 20.
The overall cost of living in the Joint Base Andrews Community is equal to the Washington D.C. average and 52% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in the Joint Base Andrews community are equal to the Washington D.C. average and 23% higher than the national average.
Some of the best things to do in DC – from the zoo to concerts, major attractions and screenings – are all completely free.
While there’s no admission charge to enter the 19 museums and galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, they’re merely a fraction of the many free things to do in DC. An entire day can be spent visiting most of the capital’s most popular attractions and hitting up some great events in DC without reaching for a wallet.
Nestled between sprawling condo corridors and busy commercial strips lie 1,750 acres of forest called Rock Creek Park. One of the largest preserves in the nation. Its 29 miles of hiking trails and ten miles of bridle paths intersect a net of bicycle paths. On weekends, several park roads close to motor vehicles. Its central thoroughfare – Beach Drive – a major commuter cut-through during weekday rush hour, is a quiet route to picnic groves (some with barbecue facilities) and playing fields at other times.
Free admission to the National Zoo offers a diverting escape. Particularly during the off-season, when the paths are not cluttered by push-chairs, the zoo offers a perfect (albeit hilly) stroll – away from the bustle of Connecticut Avenue.
Visit the Kennedy Center – festooned with decorative gifts from many nations and some wonderful 20th-century works of art. “Ken Cen” is as much a spectacle as the shows it presents – with its flag-filled Hall of States and Hall of Nations, six theaters and concert halls, three rooftop restaurants and great views from the open-air terrace. Free concerts (6pm daily) liven up the Millennium Stage and there are free 45-minute guided tours (call 1-202 416 8340 or walk-ins welcome; visit the Tour Desk on Level A). Parking is inadequate when several shows are playing at once. Better to walk or take the free shuttle bus from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop.