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
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:
D.C. vacation overview
to do in Washington D.C.