I am driving in to visit washingto DC. I was hoping to find a hotel along in an outskirt area somewhere with good access to the metro. This way cost are kept down and parking is much more likely to be free.
I am planning on taking the metro in, in the morning doing one massive day of as much of the tourist attractions as possible. Then heading back mid evening. I will be seeing Washington Monument, the a Smithsonian visit, Whitehouse, and Lincoln Memorial.
So to be concise.... and area close to metro, the short the ride the better, cheap hotel near metro (under $130), with free parking.
What are some good areas that fit this bill. I was considering Shady Grove or Rockville.