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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 05, 2016
Dulles to BWI transfer  (3 Answers)

We're arriving at Dulles at 6:30pm on Monday Oct 10 (Columbus Day) from Lima, Peru. We are flying out of BWI on a domestic flight, the next day Oct 11 at 11:30am. I'm not sure if I should book a hotel in the Dulles area and use the DC Metro the next morning to get to BWI, or book a hotel near BWI and transfer the same day we arrive at Dulles. We are familiar with the DC Metro, and know the route from Dulles to BWI. I'm unsure if we have enough time to use public transportation when we arrive, since we are arriving on an international flight and the last bus to BWI departs from Greenbelt at 10pm (allowing for delays, etc). If we stay near Dulles and transfer the next morning, will we have enough time to get to BWI on public transportation? Or should I book a shuttle van? I havent' used the DC to BWI public transportation during weekday rush hour traffic before, so would appreciate any advice from locals.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2016
Skateboards  (1 Answer)

Planning a trip to DC, do you think they'll let us in museums with skateboards, so long as we're not riding them, just carrying them?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 08, 2016
Washington D.C. in Winter  (11 Answers)

Hello!
My boyfriend and I have just booked flights for NY this winter - we fly out on the 31st December and are back on the 7th. We've been to NY before (I've actually been a few times) so we aren't planning on spending the whole week there, and are currently looking at flying to Washington D.C. for a few days. Neither of us have visited before so we have a list of all the usual bits to see and do, but does anyone have any advice about best locations to stay in? Usually we wouldn't mind being somewhere a bit of a walk away, however as it will be cold it would be great to be central and / or near a metro station so we don't have to spend too long walking around in the cold!! Any suggestions?
Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2016
Where south Washington DC ?  (11 Answers)

Hi, we're flying into DC end of March and renting a car for two weeks. We're thinking about driving south but haven't decided where to go. Any suggestions for a nice road trip to experience the best of the south? We are 2 adults, no children.
Many thanks in advance


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 16, 2015
Best Airline  (4 Answers)

What is the best airline to take from Washington Dulles to Manilla? Traveling with wife and two boys 7 & 5. I'd pay a little more for a better service, comfort, and flight. Please let me know. Thank you.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 12, 2015
Renting Bikes with Children  (2 Answers)

We'll be going to Washington DC with a 10 year old. I see a lot about the Capital Bikeshare, but do they have bikes for kids, or will we have to go through a different rental company?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 29, 2015
How long to allow in Washington DC ?  (10 Answers)

My wife and I will be in Washington, D.C. next June and were wondering how long we should allow to see all the sights and locations as first time visitors ? We had about 7 days in mind...does that sound about right ?

Many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2015
How to get around to see the monuments  (8 Answers)

Ill be bringing my mom the DC next week and it's her first time to be in the city. I want her to see all the monuments but, at 82, all the walking won't be possible. I know there are different hop on/off options as far as busses, but does anyone have a recommendation of what might be the best? What about a pedi-cab? I thought that might give us more flexibility. What about the costs of the different options?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 07, 2015
Cherry Blossoms  (2 Answers)

I'm taking my 82 year old mom to DC to see the cherry blossoms April 14. It will be a one day trip,exclusively for the flowers :) . Any suggestions for the best viewing or any tours that would allow her to see the most while walking the least? Also, any Japanese restaurant suggestions near the area?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2015
Cherry blossoms  (1 Answer)

I will only have a few days in DC. Will I have a chance to see cherry blossoms end Mar/ early Apr? Where can I see them? Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 18, 2015
Driving from Madison, WI to Washington DC.  (6 Answers)

Looking to drive the last weekend in June to Washington DC from Madison WI. Any suggested stops along the way? Was told to drive this route versus the shorter Chicago route: I-90/39 through Rockford to Bloomington/Normal, I-74 to Indy, I-70 to Washington PA, I-79 to Morgantown WV, I-68 to Hancock MD, then I-70/I-270 into DC.
Also looking for place to stay downtown - I have a family of 4. Reading about Hotel Harrington, Is that a good place to stay?
And we could be there through the 4th of July. Is it worth staying in DC for the 4th or should we be heading out town before that. Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 16, 2015
Low-budget transportation x 7 days  (6 Answers)

Traveling for a 6night stay in DC at the end of April. Arriving in DCA late afternoon then going to NOMA area. No plans to take the cab/uber. Purchase the 7 day Smartcard x $17.50 or the other one that's like unlimited $59? Location to purchase- airport?
Playing tourist and just going to all the museums, White House, Arlington and local DC area. Returning on a Sunday early morning to DCA.
Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2014
Road trip - Chicago to DC  (2 Answers)

Hello VT'ers

I'll be doing a road trip from Chicago to DC with family next month, start early morning and get to DC by night.

We are in no rush to get home, so please suggest places to see, scenic routes, local restaurants and stores that we can stop by on our way to the capital.

Thanks in advance! Ali


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2014
Young travelers  (8 Answers)

Any tips for 3 girls stay at Capital Skyline Hotel? All under the age of 20. Want to insure a safe trip, without any troubles. Cheap, but good quality places to eat? Shop? Visit?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 27, 2014
Help with tours.  (2 Answers)

We are actually staying very close to the mall( Holiday Inn, Capitol) and can easily walk. I would love to take a tour that included some interesting history. The twilight ones sound nice. I do not know much at all about US history so I thought it would be a good start. Also some tours include Arlington. There are many companies. Trolleys , buses, boats, segway, bike ?????? Help. It is two fit 50 ish with a fit 20ish. Thank you for any advice.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2014
accommodation  (2 Answers)

What is the best area of DC to stay in and can you recommend any budget accommodation? Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 22, 2014
Re: Bus or train transportation  (2 Answers)

I was planning a trip to Radford Virginia and St Augustine Florida from the UK to visit friends which I have done before but it usually involves a complicated and convoluted flight itinerary via Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta airport several times. (ie London to Atlanta, Atlanta to Roanoke Virginia, then Roanoke back to Atlanta, then Atlanta to Jacksonville Florida and then Jacksonville back to Atlanta and finally Atlanta to London.
The VT meeting in Washington DC is around the same time that I was thinking about. VT Meetings in the past have always been great fun so now I'm thinking about combining all 3 cities in 8-10 days. Radford Virginia, St Augustine Florida and Washington DC.
I will not have a car and will not rent one. I drive 2000+ miles per week for a living in the UK and around Europe so I refuse to drive when I'm on vacation. What public ground transportation options are there between the 3 cities?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 17, 2014
Driving to Union Station  (4 Answers)

I need to meet someone at Union Station around 1pm on a weekday. I'll be driving from a hotel near Dulles airport. On the map, driving to Union Station looks fairly straightforward along I-66 and Constitution Avenue, and I understand there is parking available at the station. Is driving through the city a mad idea? Would it be better to park at Vienna Metro and ride in on the train?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 30, 2014
Family vacation  (3 Answers)

Hi all! I was in Washington D.C back in 1990. I now would like to bring my family that includes a 10 year old and a 14 year old. I realize things are different now and I would like to know a safe, cheap place to stay (obviously outside downtown)that would include being able to access most sites via the metro. We plan on flying in so airport shuttles would be helpful since we don't plan on renting a car. Any other helpful hints would be great. I am hoping to book very soon. Thanks much!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2014
Hotel Near Metro  (8 Answers)

My wife and I will be arriving in Washington D.C. via rail and departing from Reagan National so we want to pick a spot within a block or two of the Metro. Any suggestions? Don't want to pay top $$$ and don't mind staying outside of Central D.C.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2014
Where should i stay and go ???  (4 Answers)

I am planning to New York from July 3 to 6. My team has 2 guys. I want to ask where should i go and stay in 3 days. I want to save money. I can sleep at public place , any where i can sleep. Please suggest a schedule for us. Thank you.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 28, 2014
Best places to eat near the National Mall  (5 Answers)

Where are the beat places to eat near the National Mall?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 20, 2014
whats the picture of the people rising the flag monuments name?  (3 Answers)

whats the picture of the people rising the flag monuments name?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 20, 2014
i have a question  (2 Answers)

whats the picture of the people rising the flag monuments name?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2014
Travel from Washington DC to downtown New York City  (3 Answers)

What options exist..??


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2014
In and Around McLean & Washington DC  (6 Answers)

Hi all,
I'm travelling to the US in August this year, I'm staying with friends in McLean VA. It's my first time visiting and am extremely excited to be visiting the US.
Nothing in the world of google and it's various apps is even remotely helpful, I would like to know, if it's easy to use the Metro? I mean for someone who has only used the London Underground a handful of times!
Is it easy to go from McLean to Washington DC?
What are the neighbouring towns like for entertainment, shopping, sightseeing, or is it worth heading to DC most days?

I'm not renting a car (haven't planned to at least)and also will have two boys aged under 10years old with me who live in McLean.

Any information would be helpful on travelling around the area, things that are highly recommended to see, shopping and the people.

Thank-you in advance.
Overly cautious, country English girl. X


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2014
Need your opinion for hotel choice - Palomar or Willard?  (5 Answers)

Hi, I'm choosing my hotel for a 4 nights' stay in DC at the end of July. It's my first time in DC! I've pinned down my choice to two hotels.

Hotel Palomar

830 USD (inlcuding tax) for a Double Executive room with breakfast

 

The Willard InterContinental

1150 USD (including tax) for a Deluxe King room with breakfast, free upgrade on arrival subject to availability, $100 USD Food & Beverage credit 

I've read great things about both and it's so difficult to decide!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 20, 2014
learn english

i have short course in washigton d c .... i forget lettle from my english..
who i get some one stay with me just one week to talk to me ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 19, 2014
GOOD AND MODERATELY PRICED PLACES TO EAT.  (2 Answers)

Coming to DC for 5 days in June.
Big foodies here but are more into local places to sample good traditional regional cooking.
Doesn't have to be anything fancy, in fact, we prefer it not to be.
Not touristy but rather somewhere the locals eat.

Hoping to hear from some people living in the area or who frequent the area often and are familiar with our requisites.

Thanking all in advance,

Homer (and Ed).


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2014
what to bring & what to see  (3 Answers)

what should I bring (I'm going in the middle of July) and what should we visit for young kinds (around 10 y.o.)?

Thanks
Rosalie



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