Expert Travel Advice to Washington, DC

Top Answers To Washington, DC Travel Questions

  • Pamula answered:
    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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  • Ossie answered:
    Unfortunately, there aren't really any good convenient spots for storing bags and other gear during a tour of the White House (which has some pretty restrictive rules, by all accounts). Some people get around this by taking turns to do the tour while the other waits outside, though that's hardly ideal! If you can, leave your stuff at your hotel and go back to collect after the tour. Union Station offers left-luggage lockers, though it's not that convenient to the White House (Metro or cab ride). They charge by the hour or day based in size of luggage, so could get pricey. faced between choice of returning to your hotel or schlepping over to Union Station, I'd take the former (again, assuming you have a hotel in town). Some of the Smithsonian museums down on the National Mall have lockers (http://www.si.edu/Visit/Security) for smaller items like lunch bags or handbags, though these are only meant for museum visitors. Posters on some other forum sites for this same question suggest going this route as nobody will see clock you in and out of the museum as you nip up the the White House, but this is officially frowned upon. However, just sayin' ;).......
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    ppmickey answered:
    If I were coming from the UK and wanting to experience the 4th of July, I would probably head for New York City, New York or Washington, D.C. I'm sure there are many other wonderful places, but New York City really knows how to hold celebrations. They have great fireworks displays and great New Year's Eve celebrations. T.here is probably more history in Washington, D.C. or Boston On a personal side, I no longer attend fireworks live, I prefer to watch them on television. Columbus, Ohio holds fireworks on the 4th of July along with activities for families all day long. Their fireworks are called, "Red, White and Boom". It all depends on whether you want the big city experience or would rather go to a small town for their celebrations. Smaller fireworks and a smaller town experience can be just as rewarding. If you are going with friends, go along with them, wherever they are going and share the experience. If you hate large crowds and heavy traffic, watch it on television and keep changing the channels to see what all is happening in different cities. I hope you have success in making your decision, and welcome to the USA.

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