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Old 05-03-2008, 11:22 AM
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I have never been to DC. My wife and I are thinking of taking a vacation to DC in May of 09 for 3 or 4 days. Where is a good place to stay with some good package deals to see the sights. Are most of the sights free or do they charge? Thank's for any information.
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:43 PM
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Almost everything you'd want to see in DC on a quick tourist trip is free -- the monuments, the zoo, most of the museums. There's plenty to do around the Mall that's not even in a museum -- plenty of gardens and fountains and a cute grab-and-go cafe done up like a Paris subway station (that one you have to pay for). So you don't really need a "package deal" to do DC -- just find a rate you like on a hotel room, and plan your trip around the Metro (subway). You'll have plenty to do, and most of it free.
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Old 05-03-2008, 06:14 PM
Location: Northern VA
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Here is a thread with some good hotel advice.

family trip, hesitating between 2 hotels

As the previous poster mentioned, most things are free and the metro is great and easy way to get around. if you are flying and coming in to National/Reagan airport, you can take the metro right from the airport and avoid getting a rental car.
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:22 AM
Location: Arkansas
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The last time we went to DC we stayed in Alexandria -at the Westin-, not bad, just a metro trip away. That said, it was cold and I hated walking to the metro. This summer we are staying in DC and I am really excited! When my husband and I went we took a heated bus tour around DC at night and that was awesome (just freezing!!!). We will probably not take our children on that trip but it was really nice to see DC at night up close. Most stuff is free to do but when you find a hotel I would call and ask if there is anything 'special' going on that week (end) and what they recommend for a family to see and do. Most hotels will be able to give some suggestions. The only other thing that I suggest and this comes from the locals, is to not go during the week! During the week everyone is working and a lot of schools are taking trips and tours (including Disney-they do a tour trip there) so it is best to stay on a weekend if you can.
Good luck! I know that you all will have a blast! There is so much to see and do you will not stay bored!!!

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Old 05-05-2008, 07:07 PM
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I don't know, I'd think the Mall was more crowded on the weekend because most people have to work during the week. I've never head the "stay away during the work week" advice before. You're probably right about the school trips though.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:20 PM
Location: Arkansas
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I don't know, that is just kind of what friends told us about going to DC and we did stay on a weekend and there was no traffic but I would not got to DC anyway and try to leave any location at 5 or 6 o'clock (pm)! Weekday or weekend, that time is always the worst any where you go so I think that if you stay put during that time you're probably fine, but that is just what we were told.
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:13 AM
Location: DC
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For big weekend events, especially, it seems that locals hide. So that would explain the "come during the weekend" advice. Basically, you'll still run into a lot of people, but they're all tourists and won't get as irritated as people trying to rush past you to get home after a long workday. Parking restrictions are also a little freer (many 2-hour restrictions are only Mon-Fri), so in theory it can be easier to park in the city if you want on a weekend. Note the "in theory", as many others will know this and try to do the same.

Whatever you do, do not get on the metro during rush hours. Go somewhere else, sit and have a drink, or whatever you'd like to do. It'll just save you unecessary stress and dirty looks.
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