where to stay outside of washington dc

Oct 21st, 2018, 07:28 AM
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where to stay outside of washington dc


I will be diving from Charlotte NC to Washington dc. i am looking for a convenient place/town to stay over night near dc and take public transportation into dc the next day; any advise is welcome. Thanks, yipper
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Oct 21st, 2018, 07:57 AM
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Go into wmata.com (that's the DC metro system). Click on maps. Many of the towns outside of DC are well-served by the metro (all of the "M"s indicate metro stops. A lot depends on how much you want to spend, and how far out you want to be.
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Oct 21st, 2018, 08:17 AM
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Try some area in Northern Va near a metro stop, probably called Arlington or Clarendon or Crystal City, or Ballston.

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Oct 21st, 2018, 08:41 AM
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You might find this helpful:


I like Old Town Alexandria for atmosphere, restaurants and easy metro into the District. It depends a bit on which route you'll be driving from Charlotte and approaching WDC.
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Oct 21st, 2018, 03:50 PM
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We stayed in Alexandria in a Residence Inn that was a short walk to the metro and it had grocery stores near by as well as decent places to eat dinner. Worked really well for us.
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Crystal city is our go to for hotels when we visit DC - metro stop right there. Clean and safe area
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Oct 21st, 2018, 05:27 PM
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Thank you for your good advise. I now know how to start my search and will be successful.

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Oct 22nd, 2018, 02:03 AM
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Since you are traveling north on I-95 the Virginia suburbs are the first places you will reach. If you simply want a place from which to take public transport into the District you could get that from as far south as Springfield. So a lot of this depends on how close to the District you actually want to be. I agree you need to look at a map which also shows the Metro lines which will give you a better idea of the geography involved. I would recommend staying as close to the District as possible but not IN it. If you stayed in one of the hotels in Rosslyn, Virginia, you could actually walk across the Key Bridge into Georgetown or take the Metro from Rosslyn to the Foggy Bottom stop and beyond.
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Oct 23rd, 2018, 06:33 PM
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thanks everyone. I decided to stay at the residence hotel on duke st in Alexandria. it is walk-able to a metro stop. my travel issues is that i do all the driving and i am 73. dh does help out. i have been to dc a few times but now the thought of driving in that traffic stresses me out. i got the driving directions from charlotte nc to the residence hotel and it appears pretty straight forward. i think i can handle it. our goal is to see the memorials and i found a good tour that will pick us up at the dc metro station and take us all around. dh walks well but he gets aches and pains that slow us up. it will all work out. we start from boston driving to ashville for 2 days and then off to charlotte to babysit our grandchildren for 5 days, then to dc.. off to see friends in malvern pa, and then home.

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Oct 23rd, 2018, 06:36 PM
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Alexandria should be a great choice for your needs!
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parking is $28 per day
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Oct 24th, 2018, 10:17 AM
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Thanks for the parking info. good to know.
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Oct 24th, 2018, 03:14 PM
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If Mt. Vernon is on your sightseeing list, there is a boat excursion round-trip from Alexandria to the dock at Mt. Vernon. From the dock, there is a shuttle bus to the house and gardens level. You have about 4 hours to explore before the return trip.

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