I agree with this both because its cheaper and sense the metro is right there you don't have to drive. Driving in this area is a huge pain in the ass well I suppose the gridded parts of dc are ok but everywhere else it's horrible. This is do to very bad and confusing traffic signs.Hoef said:More info such as budget and purpose would be nice ..... If you don't go into DC, because of cost, try to stay in a hotel along the metro line. In Northern Virginia: Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon or Ballston (all Arlington county) or towards Crystal city. My dad had a good deal in Rosslyn (priceline), very close to DC, 5 mins with metro. DC folks from Maryland please chip in.....
I agree: stay in the city. I was in D.C. this spring and stayed at the Marriott downtown. The room was so-so, but the location was fabulous.gwuMACaddict said:stay in the city... you dont want to mess around with metro all day long to get to where you're going. the entire city is walkable at night, and its nice to be able to get back and forth to your hotel easily.
good restaurants: cafe milano, mendocino, ardeo/bardeo, occidental grille, thaiphoon
I agree, many nice places in SP. I can't think of any names at the moment, but I have stayed in some nice places that didn't empty the wallet.phonemonkey said:I would consider staying in Silver Spring, which is just on the maryland side. There are plenty of places to shop, a variety of hotels. They also have a Metro stop right on the border for easy access to the city..
Its a great place, definitely go if you have the time. But if you haven't been to the Air and Space Museum, that's a must see as well - especially for a 13 y.o. boy.jywv8 said:
Just a note that you need to get tickets before going to this particular museum now. Unless you become a sponsor.Applespider said:The new Museum of the American Indian was also amazing - both architecturally and exhibitwise.
...Does Blair actually have a football team this year? When I went they had to ship a team in from Cambridge so we could win homecoming...phonemonkey said:I would consider staying in Silver Spring, which is just on the maryland side. There are plenty of places to shop, a variety of hotels. They also have a Metro stop right on the border for easy access to the city..
Oh yeah they also have Blair High, GO BLAZERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rock Creek Park is in one of the "better areas" of the city. And one of the higher income areas as well.MongoTheGeek said:Stay in tourist areas. Do not go East from the capital building. Try to avoid being east of Rock Creek Park.
I live right on the orange line, Courthouse stop and it takes less than 10 minutes with the metro to the national mall (smithsonian or l'efant plaza exit). Sometimes that is a 4 to 8 minute wait for the metro to arrive. We have tons of visitors and they love it.JBReed said:How significant a difference is travel time if one stays in VA versus in DC? Ease of travel (time and convenience) is important.
You and your boy might like eating at the ESPN Zone then....JBReed said:Thanks for all of the information. It is so fabulous to tap into the knowledge of the community. We're going to be going to DC the first week in April (spring break for my son). We don't plan on driving anywhere and prefer not using a rental car, just use the metro, cabs etc. as needed. Definitely plan to check all of the monuments, Air and Space museum, Smithsonian, spy museum sounds great for my son as well as the Indian museum, Holocaust museum (still learning all that's available). As far as food goes we'd probably be eating casual (13 yo boy again) primarily.
the link to the metro site is very helpful. thanks.
Appreciate any and all ideas.