DC

DC

In our third installment… DC!! Washington, DC is world famous as a beautiful city and the premier destination to learn more about our nation’s history and culture. Every family, every American citizen and international visitors interested in our great nation should visit DC. The history, the monuments, the museums, you could live here and still not see it all. We know, we’re from here. We live here and love it here. We’re proud to show off our beautiful city and offer the following tips to any traveler coming to DC. There’s so much to do in DC that we’ve broken this blog into two. This first one is about where to stay and how to get around; next week we’ll discuss what to see.

While you could spend weeks in the DC area, most people will come for 5-7 nights – and that is enough time to see the highlights and get a sense of the place. First thing – it’s important to choose your hotel or B&B (including Air B&B) wisely. If you can afford it, you should stay smack in downtown DC – near the Mall since that is where you’ll spend most of your time. Iconic DC hotels like the Willard or JW Marriott, Trump Hotel, or Mandarin Oriental are absolutely among the best hotels in the world are in perfect locations with the top service and amenities — you won’t be disappointed. Most (including us!) however are probably are not interested in such expensive places. There are a ton of AirB&B places as well as good chain hotels in DC near the National Mall or – in particular you should choose to stay in Crystal City or Arlington (Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon). Stay at any of the local places or your favorite chain hotel near the blue or orange line Metro stops and you’ll be set. You should also travel into DC via Reagan airport. For convenience and happiness – only fly into Reagan. Yes, we know it’s sometimes cheaper to fly into Baltimore but it will take you at least an hour – and depending on traffic sometimes more like two – to get to your hotel. When adding up the time and expense, it’s worth spending $50-$100 more per person for the convenience of flying into Reagan. Arrive in Reagan (preferably with a carry-on, since baggage claim at Reagan takes forever) and then leave the airport via the metro located on the airport ground and a 1 minute walk from the airport exit – super convenient, super cost effective, super easy. Buy a metro pass at the Regan metro station – put $15 on it and refill as you need, easy to use machines are available at every metro station. You can also, of course, grab a convenient taxi or Uber and plan to spend only $10-20 to go to your nearby hotel – if traveling with more than three people, a taxi or Uber is probably cheaper than the metro and even more convenient. So – pick a hotel just a few blocks north of the Mall or at the metro stops in Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon and fly into Regan. You can also stay in beautiful Old Town Alexandria (more on that next week) but if you’re in DC for the first time and plan to spend most of your time on the mall we recommend the hotel tips above. Convenient, easy, relaxing and ready for adventure – our main goals for a great travel experience.

You should also travel into DC via Reagan airport. For convenience and happiness – only fly into Reagan. Yes, we know it’s sometimes cheaper to fly into Baltimore but it will take you at least an hour – and depending on traffic sometimes more like two – to get to your hotel. When adding up the time and expense, it’s worth spending $50-$100 more per person for the convenience of flying into Reagan. Arrive in Reagan (preferably with a carry-on, since baggage claim at Reagan takes forever) and then leave the airport via the metro located on the airport ground and a 1 minute walk from the airport exit – super convenient, super cost effective, super easy. Buy a metro pass at the Regan metro station – put $15 on it and refill as you need, easy to use machines are available at every metro station. You can also, of course, grab a convenient taxi or Uber and plan to spend only $10-20 to go to your nearby hotel – if traveling with more than three people, a taxi or Uber is probably cheaper than the metro and even more convenient. So – pick a hotel just a few blocks north of the Mall or at the metro stops in Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon and fly into Regan. You can also stay in beautiful Old Town Alexandria (more on that next week) but if you’re in DC for the first time and plan to spend most of your time on the mall we recommend the hotel tips above. Convenient, easy, relaxing and ready for adventure – our main goals for a great travel experience.

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