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Just received notification we have tickets to White House. Had planned to see Udvar -Hazy Center that day. Where is a good place to park, metro or uber to White House then return to car ( to drive to Chantilly)?

Washington, DC

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Pamela from Falls Church

There are many underground parking lots in Washington, DC but they are expensive.  There is reasonable priced all day parking at the Springfield Metro LP with lots of available spaces.  Take Metro to The White House

There is also parking at the Pentagon City Mall with Metro access which is closer to DC.  Everything depends on the timing of your White House visit, your parking cost/pain threshold and your knowledge of the area.

The National Air and Space Museum on the Mall has buses that take visitors to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center if you have time to fit this into your day.  Depending on traffic (rush hour) this trip can take thirty minuets to an hour. 

Another parking option would be to make a reservation for "High Tea" at the The Willard which is walking distance from the White House. Valet park at the hotel before you visit the White House (tell them you have a reservation for a tea) and look forward to a deluxe tea afterwards.  The parking used to be free but please check.  The valet tip plus high tea cost of approximately $40+ is high but this could elevate your whole visit to a very special occasion if you like this type of treat. Check out hotel on-line it has old world charm and tons of history.  Wonderful Christmas decorations if visiting in December.

Leaving the Springfield Metro parking it is one traffic light and left turn onto the Fairfax County Parkway which leads you to Route 50 and Chantilly.


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Jessica from Cranston, Rhode Island

Metro is probably your best option but takes some time. From that area, I would say the Vienna (Virginia) metro is going to be your best bet.  Parking at the metro during the week is $5/day.   

If you would like to drive, I always use Parking Panda in the city for a guaranteed (and usually discounted) rate. 


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Janie

Traffic is ridiculous and parking is expensive. I've been to the The White House and a few other formal events in DC (dressed up fancy schmancy) but always took the metro.


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Michael from Fairfax

Glad to provide some advice, but you'll need to provide some more specifics. What time will you visit the The White House and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center? How long do you plan to spend at each place? Will you have a car? There are many transportation options, and some are better than others depending upon distance, time, etc.

Cheers


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Hazel from Port St. Lucie

When l travel with my niece she makes laminated copies of taxi/metro zones. Uber is okay. The metro is great is you are not far from the stop. Hard to hail taxis. Walking is long! No high heels.


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