If you're interested in visiting Washington at a calmer, less expensive time—and if you can stand semitropical weather—come in August, during the congressional recess. Rates also drop in late December and January, except around an inauguration. Weekend, off-season, and special rates (such as AAA discounts and Web-only promotions) can also make rooms more affordable. Hotels that cater to government workers and businesspeople, especially properties in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs, offer some especially sizable discounts on weekends, even in busy tourist seasons. A little bit of research can pay off in big savings.
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