Out in San Francisco BayAirport Information

Washington has three major airports, so there are lots of flight options.

Rick lives close to Dulles International Airport (IAD), which has more  cross-continent and international flights.

Closer to Washington and Elizabeth's place is National Airport (DCA).  This airport's big advantage is that it is really close to the city, and is on the Metro line.

A bit farther away (an hour from Washington, 1.5 hours from Rick's place) is Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).  It's farther, but tends to have the lowest fares.

Each of the airports has public transportation to Washington, so if you are staying in the city, you do not need a car.

Hotel Information

Of course, Washington is a huge tourist destination so there are oodles of hotels to pick from. 

We have set aside blocks of rooms at two hotels in Washington, DC.  After mid-June, any unreserved rooms will be released to the general public, so please watch the dates carefully.

Embassy Suites

Chevy Chase Pavilion
4300 Military Road, NW
Washington, DC  20015
202-362-9300
http://www.embassysuitesdc.com

Details

$149 King/$169 Double

All rooms are two-room suites with refrigerator and microwave.  Rate includes full breakfast and an evening reception.  The Embassy Suites is approximately 3 miles from the Church, and is in the same block as Maggiano’s (reception site).

Reservations

Mention that you are with the George/Witter Wedding to receive the group rate.  The block of rooms will be held until June 15, 2007.  After this date, any unreserved rooms will be released to the general public.

For online reservations, visit www.embassysuitesdc.com.  The group code is GWW.

Parking

Garage parking is available for $16 per day.  

Public Transportation

Embassy Suites is within easy reach of Washington’s public transportation system.  The hotel connects to the Friendship Heights stop on the Red Line of the Metro.  There are several bus lines that reach this corner as well.

Connecticut Avenue Days Inn

4400 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
202-244-5600
FAX 202-966-9597
Days Inn Reservations Line: 1-800-952-3060
http://www.dcdaysinn.com/

Details

$89/night

The Days Inn is located approximately 3 miles from the Church, and about 1.5 miles from Maggiano’s (reception site).

Reservations

Mention that you are with the George/Witter Wedding to receive the group rate.  The block of rooms will be held until June 13, 2007.  After this date, any unreserved rooms will be released to the general public.

Parking

Garage parking is available for $15 per day.  

Public Transportation

Days Inn is within easy reach of Washington’s public transportation system.  The hotel is about 2 blocks from the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of the Metro.  The hotel is along two bus lines as well.  

Sightseeing

Washington, DC is a great city for visitors.  Most of the sites are within walking distance of each other, and most are free! 

Best Bets
Arlington National Cemetery (http://www.arlingtoncemetery.org)
National Memorials (http://www.nps.gov/state/DC)
Smithsonian Institution (http://www.si.edu)
The Smithsonian actually consists of 15 different museums.  Some tourist favorites:
Air and Space Museum (http://www.nasm.si.edu)
Museum of the American Indian  (http://www.nmai.si.edu)
Museum of Natural History (http://www.mnh.si.edu)
National Zoo (http://nationalzoo.si.edu)

*Note – the Museum of American History is closed for a major renovation. 
U.S. Capitol (http://www.aoc.gov/cc/visit/index.cfm)

Other Gems
Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/visit)
U.S. Botanic Gardens (http://www.usbg.gov)
National Arboretum (http://www.usna.usda.gov)
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (http://www.ushmm.org)
International Spy Museum (http://www.spymuseum.org)
(It’s not free, but worth the price of admission.)

First Time Visitors
New visitors might enjoy a guided tour of the city.  Some of the options follow:
 
Tourmobile (http://www.tourmobile.com)
Old Town Trolley (http://www.trustedtours.com/store/Old-Town-Trolley-Washington-DC-C212.aspx)
DC Ducks (http://www.dcducks.com)
City Segway Tours (http://www.citysegwaytours.com/washington)