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Getting to Washington DC:

By Car: Be sure to get a good map of the Washington, D.C. area before you start. Road signs on the interstate highways can be confusing and traffic is often heavy, so it is important to know where you are heading. Try to avoid rush-hour traffic. Parking in most downtown hotels will cost $20-$30 plus tax per day. If you are flying to D.C., we advise against renting a car, because it is expensive to rent, to park and difficult to maneuver. Generally, it is better to pay a little more for a hotel that is close to our outstanding Metro rail system.

By Train: For travelers on the East Coast, Amtrak (800/USA-RAIL) runs hourly service to and from Union Station, which is located just two blocks from the U.S. Capitol and near the Smithsonian museums. This is a very convenient, relaxing way to travel to D.C.

By Plane: Washington is served by three airports:

Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), located 15 minutes south of the city in Arlington, Va., is the most convenient. A taxi from the airport into downtown Washington hotels will cost about $20-$25 and will get you straight to the hotel in less than 30 minutes. Metro also connects directly to the airport, but is usually not convenient if you are carrying luggage, which can be cumbersome on the train and on Metro escalators. There is also van transportation into Washington's downtown hotels provided by Supershuttle (800-258-3826) for $12 for the first person and $10 for extra persons in the same party.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located about one hour west of downtown Washington in Reston, Va. A taxicab ride into downtown hotels for one to four persons will range from $55-$60. Supershuttle (800-258-3826) will collect a number of passengers and transport them to several hotels in the same zone. It will take longer than a cab, but the cost is $37 one-way and for others traveling together the fare would be $10. Another alternative is the Washington Flyer Coach Service (888-WASHFLY/703-685-1400), which will take you non-stop to Metro's West Falls Church Station for just $9 one-wayor $16 round-trip. This is where you can connect to the Metro system and continue for under $5.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is located about 45 minutes north of Washington and about 20 minutes south of Baltimore. Taxi fares from BWI into downtown D.C. will cost about $65-$70 for one to four persons. Van transportation into Washington's downtown hotels is provided by Supershuttle (800/258-3826) for $28 for the first person and $12 for extra persons in the same party. Even though it is expensive, a taxi may still be a better and more direct alternative for parties of two or more.

Disclaimer: This information is provided as a service to our clients, but all rates are subject to change.

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