We are planning a road trip from New York City and would appreciate any general suggestions as well as places to stay in Washington, DC or nearby on the road.
Is it possible to arrive on the following day?
Traffic might not be that bad, but normally I would suggest an EZPass, so you can get in the toll lanes especially around DC and of course if you only use it a little you will be happy that you had it. Unless you have specific plans to visit DC, I would spend the night in VA, go on and get away from the traffic. Since it's Covid, you might not have any issues, better to be safe than sorry. When I'm on the road, I use the app HotelTonight and check rates.