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Family Vacation Ideas

Washington D.C. vacation planning

Capitol Building, Washington D.C.Although you may be tempted to just pack up the car and go, you'll get much more from your Washington D.C. vacation if you plan ahead. You can make reservations for the top attractions like the White House and Capitol tour up to six months in advance. Pick up some travel books from your local library, and scour the Web to find out exactly what interests you so you can plan your vacation accordingly. If you're reading this- you're already off to a great start!

Where to stay

There are many hotel options in Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas, so you're sure to find a hotel to fit any budget. In general, the farther you stay from the Washington D.C. area the cheaper your hotel room will be. Try to find a hotel near a Metro station to make getting around easier.

Getting around the D.C. area

If you're planning to tour Washington D.C. by car, here's a word of advice- DON'T DO IT! Even with a GPS, navigating the D.C. area is confusing and the traffic during peak times is horrendous. Luckily, the Washington D.C. area has a great mass transit system- the Metro.

The Metro subway system is a great way to get around D.C.

The Metro is a subway system snaking through Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas. It's a clean, safe, and inexpensive way to travel during your Washington D.C. vacation. Just park your car at the hotel and leave it there for the duration of your stay. We stayed in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia during our last trip. Our hotel (Embassy Suites) was right across the street from a station. We went in and out (and all around) D.C. for four days for about $20 each.

Old Town Alexandria pier

If you happen to stay in Alexandria, you'll get the added benefit of a free shuttle service that runs through the business district to the riverfront.

More Washington D.C. vacation information:

Washington D.C. vacation overview

Top Washington D.C. attractions

Other things to do in Washington D.C.





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