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what town is closest to the smithsonian

looking for a good place to stay near the smithsonian
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find a map of the area's Metro system (see metroopensdoors.com) and try to match up the stations with hotels/motels you find on travel sites (like hotels.com). Even if you stay outside of the city like in Silver Spring or Rockville in Maryland or Falls Church or Alexandria Virginia you are usually less than an hour from the National Mall by Metro.
However, if you are driving to DC, you may want to stay further out of town and drive to one of the outlying Metros Parking here, even at some hotels can be very expensive.
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Dave, the Smithsonian has multiple venues throughout Washington, D.C., including the National Gallery of Art, Air & Space Museum, and National Zoo. Most of the museums are centered on the National Mall, so if you want to be close you should look around this area. There are a few hotels in L'Enfant Plaza, which is a bit dingy and soulless. For a bit more life, but also higher room rates, you could look at places in Penn Quarter like the excellent Hotel Monaco or Courtyard Washington Convention Center. Lots of good restaurants and bars around here. Cheaper rates can be had across the water in Arlington neighborhoods like Rosslyn or Ballston. You're only a Metro ride from town. If you can, visit at the weekend and look for weekend specials, as hotels are typically a little quieter with fewer business and government-type travelers. Of course, this is not always the case around special events like spring's Cherry Blossom Festival and during the summer vacation peak.
  • Alistair
     answered this on February 29, 2012 at 09:49 AM
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