With more than 95,000 guest rooms available in the area, you can usually find a place to stay—though it's always prudent to reserve. Hotels often fill up with conventioneers, politicians in transit, families, and, in spring, school groups. Hotel rooms in D.C. can be particularly hard to come by during the Cherry Blossom Festival in late March or early April, and also in May, when students at the many colleges in the city graduate. Late October's Marine Corps Marathon also increases demand for rooms. Rooms also book up fast and far in advance (and prices get raised) every four years when it comes time to celebrate the presidential inauguration.
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