Getting Around Washington, D.C.

December 4, 2006 at 12:54 pm 2 comments

You certainly don’t need a car in Washington. Plenty of transportation options, but you’ll probably cover a lot of ground on foot as well.

We found the cabs reasonable. $16 from the airport to our hotel several blocks off the National Mall. From Georgetown to our hotel, just $10.

Shuttle Tours. We decided to buy a tour trolley ticket for Just like on West Wingthe day — you can also buy for 2 days. Old Town Trolley — $32 for the day — has 3 routes — you can get on and off as you please and change routes as well. The only problem we found was that the trolley stop was still a good distance from the building or memorial we wanted to see. And it ran every 30 minutes, so if you missed one, you wasted a significant amount of time waiting for the next one.

Another similar service is Tourmobile Sightseeing. The route is not as extensive, but it does drive through Arlington National Cemetery — which is a big plus. Appears to be $20 for the day with free reboarding. Both tour services offer moonlight tours to see the memorials illuminated at night. I’d highly recommend a tour service like one of these to get you around town most efficiently.

Walk. Walk. Walk. Make no mistake — you’re going to need excellent walking shoes. There is a tremendous amount of walking — from bus stops to buildings, up stairs, down stairs, across cobblestone paths, up hills, down hills. Thateinstein-small.jpg seems to be the only way to see the great things in D.C.

Some of My Favorite Places.

  • Holocaust Museum. Probably the most moving historical site Visitors to the Museum pass under this gate, a cast taken from the original entrance to the Auschwitz death camp, inscribed with the ironic phrase Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Makes One Free).I have ever experienced. I’ve been there twice. Don’t pass it by just because you may not be of Jewish heritage. Check it out online before you go for hours, tour times.

  • National Cathedral. Magnificent. Massive.
  • Arlington National Cemetery. Its size and the number buried there will astound you. Its particular memorials will bring tears to your eyes. Not only the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, but John & Jackie Kennedy’s graves alongside their two infant children, Bobby Kennedy’s ultra-modest white cross on Bagpiper and color guard at a veteran’s funeral.the side of the hill. Then there’s the sound you’ll hear of the bagpiper signalling the end of yet another funeral or the clippety-clop sound of the black horses drawing a flag-draped caisson. I suggest using the tourmobile available at the cemetery — it’s very hilly terrain.

There’s way more to do in Washington (and around Washington) than you’ll ever have time for. Plan some “must-see” places for your trip so that you can enjoy your time there and not feel like you have to see it all in a day or two.

TIP: I wouldn’t bother with the White House Visitor Center (about 2 blocks away form The White House). Not much there. We thought it just wasted our time.

Holocaust Museum PhotoCredit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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  • 1. Lou Probasco  |  January 18, 2007 at 8:41 am

    One of the most special things in DC is a tour of White House. It is quite possible to do, but you must plan in advance. Contact your senator or rep and ask for the info. Basically you supply travelers names and when you are going and they request free tickets for you. There is a security clearance in advance now, but still one of the really funthings to do.

    Also, If you stay in Foggy Bottom area i.e. Doubletree or Watergate Hotel, you are so close to metro- particuarily Doubletree. From there you can go anywhere. This is the stop for GW Hospital and Kennedy Center- short stroll over to Georgetown.

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  • 2. tish  |  January 18, 2007 at 9:52 am

    Lou — Another great comment! Have never toured the White House, but that sounds like the thing to do on my next trip. Was also interested on your opinion of Foggy Bottom area. Thank you again.
    tish

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