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Old 05-07-2007, 12:05 PM
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We are vacationing this July in Virginia and would like to stay two nights in Washington DC. We are looking to stay in a good clean hotel nothing fancy needed. I know very little about the area and Hotels.com etc doesn't do the trick. I understand there are some less desirable areas in the city and we will be traveling with two children.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-07-2007, 12:14 PM
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DC can be tough to navigate and the traffic is sometimes terrible, especially when there's an event. One possibility is to stay in Bethesda which is just north of downtown DC and very easy to get in and out of. Theres a train line there and I think theres a Marriot. Try not to arrive on the beltway during rush hour. Good luck. Jon
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:25 PM
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Thanks Jon

We hoped to stay as close as possible to the area attractions and use Public transportation and cabs.
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you say you're vacationing in virgina -- are you driving or flying in? if you're already going to be on the virginia side i would recommend staying in arlington, va. avoid the downtown hotels, if they're in a decent neighborhood, they will be pricey; and if they're not pricey, then they're probably dangerous.

arlington, va is a nice area and metro accessible (either yellow or blue line). there are abour 4 or 5 different marriott's in a business district of arlington called crystal city. it's right across the potomac river from everything you want to see in d.c.

bethesda, md is an option too, but it is a bit further out, and as mentioned the traffic getting in and out of there can be hellacious depending on the time of day...although that's true of just about anywhere in d.c.

either way, i would time your arrival, if driving during the week, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. or after 8:00 p.m.
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Thanks for all the replies
I will check out the hotels recommended

We called our Congressman and plan to tour the Capitol building.
Any other suggestions or must sees?
What about the National Zoo is that worth a look?

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Old 05-08-2007, 09:24 PM
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National Zoo is part of the Smithsonian. it is a decent zoo but the Philly one is better. I highly recommend seeing the National Cathedral, WWII Memorial, Holocaust Museum, Natural History,...

If you are looking to stay in DC, look for a place in Georgetown for shopping, restaurants, and activities outside the tourist traps.

If you want to stay where all the dignitaries stay. Stay at the Mayflower (but it is $$$$$$$)
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:52 PM
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B-Faithful....Is Georgetown close to the Smithsonian, Capitol etc....

I saw the Watergate Hotel on Hotels.com. Might be interesting to stay there
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:58 AM
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the problem with georgetown is no metro stops.

agree on the zoo. it's o.k. but not great if your kids are young enough, they'll enjoy it. the pandas are the big attraction -- the little guy, tai, is usually romping around.

if your kids are at least 7 or 8 years old, then i would include the international spy museum -- some cool stuff there, but it's boring for really young kids. it's near the verizon center, around 9th and F St, NW. It's also near Ford's Theatre if you're planning on seeing where Lincoln was shot.

of the various memorials along the mall, i.e. vietnam, wwII, etc. i think the korean war memorial is the coolest. it's a bit hidden and doesn't get the publicity of some of the others, but is very cool.

tomb of the unknowns at arlington national cemetary is pretty awesome too. it's obviously pretty somber -- if you're gonna do it, i would go early in the day, or if you're there on a tuesday, time it so you can go from arlington over to the iwo jima memorial to see the sunset parade put on by the marines.
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The DC Metro is a world class subway system that's inexpensive, safe, clean, and convenient. Outside of rush hour, it is the best way to get around to all the major attractions with children. There is usually a Metro station within a few blocks of good hotels either in Northern Virginia or Maryland. You don't ever have to drive in DC. Download or mail order a Metro Map, and stck to Hotel that advertise proximity (or a van ) to Metro stations. Remember that almost all of the museums open after the morning rush hour, just to reduce contact between innocent tourists and jaded residents!
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Old 05-28-2007, 07:28 PM
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The Hotel Washington is where we use to put up visitors. It is between the White House and the Willard and is a good deal for the location. The restaurant upstairs has a killer view of everything. The JW Marriott on Penn is good too and nicer then the Hotel Washington. Then there are a plethora of hotels around Capitol Hill/Union Station. Then there is a hotel at La Enfant along with a Holiday Inn that are decent and walking distance from the Mall. It all depends on where you want to be location wise. If your driving you really oughta take the kids out to Hanes Point and look at the awakening (often times missed by most tourists). Be sure to get some good picks there.
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