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sarahkaterina

My first washington trip

by sarahkaterina »

I am planning a trip to Washington this summer (early August).  I was hoping anyone who has been could answer a few questions I have:

 

1. I'm female and travling alone - any places to look out for (I backpacked Europe alone, so I'm pretty travel savvy, but just wanted to make sure I don't book a hotel somewhere I shouldn't!)

2. I want to stay downtown - not interested in commuting in every day.  I'm open to hotel chains, boutique hotels, or even B&B's.  I want something clean and secure and would rather not pay over $100.  Are there any really good discount hotel sites anyone can suggest?

3. Which airport is the most convenient to fly into?

4. I'm aiming for a 6 day trip, but am flexible with timelines.  Do I need more? Less?  I enjoy getting up early and will be efficient in travling from site to site, so I figure I can get a lot done in a day.

5. Are there any guided tours that hit all the great hot spots that you would recommend?

 

That's it for now.  Thanks for any and all answers.

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yostwl

RE: My first washington trip

by yostwl »

Reagan airport is the closest to the city and you can catch the metro at the airport.

You might try the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill--they might have sale prices below $100 that time of year (but you have to add taxes to the room rate).  Good location.

Number of days depends on your interests.  People can spend 6 days on the Smithsonian and art museums around the National Mall alone if they are into museums.  Others just want to spend a few minutes at each of the major monuments and maybe visit one or two museums.  There are also athletic events (National League baseball, for example), plays, concerts, etc.

 

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sarahkaterina

RE: My first washington trip

by sarahkaterina »

Thanks yostwl and AWineGeek.  Some good advice. I checked out the Washington Court - prices were over $130.  I did get a flight/hotel special from expedia where the hotel worked out to $95 taxes included, so I thought that was pretty good - it's a Hilton.  I have my Holocaust museum ticket pre-booked and will add the library of congress to my list.  The washington monument is closed, as is the whitehouse :(

What other attractions do you recommend that I pre-book?

Are there any local restaurants that I should go to?  I'm not talking expensive, famous chef places, just some really good, local, inexpensive food.

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RE: My first washington trip

by Pauline Frommer »

Ben's Chili Bowl is a classic for both cheap eats and important history. You'll find lots of inexpensive Ethiopian joints on the U Street Corridor (my favorite is Duken). There are more good cheap eats that I'll have to think of and post.

As for a cheap place to stay: if you're willing to share a bathroom, look at either the Woodley Park Guesthouse or the Kalorama Inn. Both are in DC proper, though not in downtown. Still the commute to the sites isn't bad.

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bwang

RE: My first washington trip

by bwang »

Ben's Chili Bowl is great if you want to stand in a long line for a greasy chili dog that looks and tastes like...well.

 

Really, nothing of note, other than its history with the 1968 riots.

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