Skip to main content

Questions tagged [washington-dc]

Questions about travel relating to Washington, District of Columbia, the capital city of the United States.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
7 votes
1 answer
1k views

White House tour as an Indian tourist ? (Indian Embassy does not help)

Is there any way to get a tour of the White House (other than the POTUS inviting you), if your embassy does not organize any tours into the White House? Indian Embassy does not organize White House ...
ng.newbie's user avatar
  • 536
1 vote
0 answers
89 views

How long do you have to be staying in DC before a guest concession SmarTrip is worth the extra work to acquire? [closed]

I will be traveling to Washington, DC for a few days in the not-so-distant future as part of a larger trip. I hold a valid concession (reduced) fare ID/smartcard combination issued by the transit ...
UnrecognizedFallingObject's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
5k views

How do you actually pay on Metro Bus in Washington DC

Me and my family are spending the next few days vacationing in Washington DC and are planning to use the metro and other public transit as our main form of transportation. We took the metro rail and a ...
Calvin's user avatar
  • 23
1 vote
1 answer
518 views

How to tour The White House with a group of people from different states

I am trying to visit The White House with a group of people from different states which means we all have different representatives. Does each group member need to ask their representative? Or is it ...
SPYBUG96's user avatar
  • 113
11 votes
6 answers
5k views

Best/Cheapest way to go from Washington DC to NYC, Manhattan

I am in Washington DC right now and want to go to Manhattan, NYC in the next few days. I searched for flights and the prices seemed very high to me for such a short time distance (compare to the West ...
GoodMan's user avatar
  • 227
2 votes
1 answer
2k views

Cheating the Dulles Access Road: How Do the Police Know? [closed]

Disclaimer: cheating by "backtracking" via the Dulles Access Road for non-airport business is illegal. I don't do it, and you shouldn't either. I was recently introduced to the oddity that ...
Bunji's user avatar
  • 1,844
3 votes
1 answer
132 views

Public Transit from Dulles and BWI to Bowie MD Sun. May 2nd AM

My adult brother and sister are coming to visit a very sick relative tomorrow morning. The public transit advice on Google Maps lists numerous transfers and travel times of 9 to 11 hours. Start #: ...
Mark Miller's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
283 views

Traveling from Toronto to Washington DC and New Jersey - is quarantine required?

I want to travel to Washington DC from Toronto next week for non-essential purposes. I am a Canadian Permanent Resident and have a US B-2 visa. While I checked with United and they said I am allowed ...
Bhushan Kale's user avatar
  • 1,244
5 votes
1 answer
2k views

How early should I arrive for same-day tickets for the Washington Monument?

Quoting https://www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/234635, Same-day, free tickets will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis daily, starting at 8:30 a.m. My question is... at what ...
neubert's user avatar
  • 11.3k
0 votes
0 answers
193 views

Return Passport related - Washington DC French Embassy Visa Question

I have my Visa appointment at the French Embassy (Washington DC). I'm travelling from Pennsylvania for the appointment. I would like the embassy to return my passport to me via courier. It's not ...
Ricky101's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
353 views

Where should I take visa photo for Italy?

I am applying for Italy short stay visa at Washington DC. In the appointment confirmation email, it is stated for photo requirement as Recent passport-size photo (1.2”x1.5” or 4x4 cm) on white ...
Ads's user avatar
  • 409
13 votes
3 answers
4k views

How to get from Washington Dulles Airport to Charlottesville?

Next week will be my first time on the US and I'll need some help getting around. I'll be arriving to Washington Dulles International Airport on the 11th of this month at around 3 pm and I need to get ...
Alejandro Altamirano's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
441 views

Closest Metro Station into DC if coming from Eastern Shore/Bay Bridge?

Trying to plan a trip to DC, but am not at all familiar with the metro (other than it is the best trandportation to use in D.C.). I'll be coming from the Eastern Shore (a.k.a. Fish and Farm Land, lol)...
Courtney LeCompte's user avatar
2 votes
5 answers
232 views

Parking in Washington DC

We (2 adults, 1 teen and 2 older folks) are visiting relatives in Washington, DC this summer (July 9, 10, 11). They reside in the Brookmont, Maryland area. As far as I can understand, driving and ...
Max's user avatar
  • 14.7k
-1 votes
1 answer
2k views

National Zoo vs The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore vs Philadelphia Zoo [closed]

I have a chance later this year to visit one of the following zoos: National Zoological Park in DC The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore Philadelphia Zoo Only considering the quality of the zoo (not ...
N00b101's user avatar
  • 109
6 votes
2 answers
604 views

Washington DC metro rail and bus

I will be travaling to Washington DC for 6 days, and trying to figure out how to best get around in the city. I very much like the idea of not having to worry about buying tickets for each single trip,...
Thomas's user avatar
  • 161
1 vote
0 answers
669 views

Is it safe to be at Union Station, Washington DC from 12AM to 2AM? [closed]

My bus is scheduled to depart at 2.30AM. I'm planning to get there at 12AM by metro. Is it safe to stay in the Union station for mentioned hours? Is it at least slightly crowded at that time?
Mad's user avatar
  • 2,923
-1 votes
1 answer
70 views

How can I check Red line metro schedules in Washington DC 3, 4 days in advance to plan a trip?

Is there a mobile app or any other way that I can check metro schedules in advance?
Mad's user avatar
  • 2,923
2 votes
1 answer
53 views

How is the crowd in Madame Tussaud's Museum in Washington DC on Sundays?

How long will it take on a normal Sunday (no special holiday or anything) to cover the Madame Tussaud's Museum? Can we buy tickets on premise? Will there be a huge queue?
Mad's user avatar
  • 2,923
2 votes
1 answer
857 views

What is Admission + Wax Hand means in Madame Tussaud's Museum in Washington DC?

I hope https://www.madametussauds.com/washington-dc/en/tickets/ is the official site to buy Madame Tussaud's museum tickets. There I found three types tickets for this museum. MADAME TUSSAUD'S DC + ...
Mad's user avatar
  • 2,923
7 votes
1 answer
566 views

Do the road rules change from DC to NY in USA?

I'm asking this for both pedestrians and for drivers. I'm a visitor to Washington DC and would like to rent a car to travel to NY. So I'm eager to know whether there are any significant road rules ...
Mad's user avatar
  • 2,923
2 votes
3 answers
430 views

Do we need special permissions to drive from state to state in the United States? [closed]

If I am to rent a car from one state (DC) and then to travel another state (NY) on the United State do I need any special permissions or permits? I'm using a foreign driving license.
Mad's user avatar
  • 2,923
7 votes
2 answers
2k views

Can I drive in the United States with a Sri Lankan driver's license?

I'm currently in the United States for a short period and would like to know if my local driving license, which was issued in Sri Lanka, would be valid to drive a vehicle here in D.C., United States. ...
Mad's user avatar
  • 2,923
14 votes
1 answer
3k views

Do we need entrance tickets for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC?

Do I need to purchase a ticket to visit the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC? I searched online and I couldn't found any online source to buy tickets. Is this a free ...
Mad's user avatar
  • 2,923
4 votes
0 answers
137 views

Washington DC Metro [closed]

We'll be traveling to Washington DC for a week, and I'm trying to figure out some stuff with the metro. I saw a page that talked about a short trip pass, which lets you take unlimited short trips (...
AndyD273's user avatar
  • 141
2 votes
1 answer
246 views

How to get from Washington Dulles Airport to Edgewood Conference Centre?

I'm traveling from Washington Dulles Airport to Edgewood Ramada conference centre with a suitcase etc. and don't want to take an expensive taxi to get there. Any options?
Rose's user avatar
  • 29
0 votes
1 answer
111 views

Visiting Washington DC and I don't want to miss attractions due to tickets being sold out [closed]

I'm visiting Washington DC for the first time and have about 36 hours. I want to make sure I see the major attractions such as the White House and other political historical sites and museums. Are ...
Eric Brotto's user avatar
  • 1,436
2 votes
0 answers
61 views

Could Delta lower flight cost? [closed]

Flight AEX to DCA in May was $388 Sunday, Tuesday $363, today $403. Will it likely go down again next Tuesday>
Cindy Henson's user avatar
7 votes
2 answers
962 views

Is the Washington D.C. metrorail day pass valid for buses?

The website seems to suggest that the day pass is only valid for rail. https://www.wmata.com/fares/farecard-options.cfm One Day Pass $14.50 Pass available on SmarTrip® cards is valid for one ...
ottodidakt's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
4k views

How long should I expect to spend at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History?

I have the good fortune to have an extra day on a business trip in Washington DC. I've decided I'd like to spend that day at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Will one day be ...
user avatar
5 votes
2 answers
1k views

How to get to/from the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

I'm visiting Washington DC in the near future and am thinking of visiting the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Since it's located a bit outside the city I'm wondering what'...
m__'s user avatar
  • 305
15 votes
4 answers
7k views

Are DSLR cameras permitted in NY & DC tourist attractions?

I'm travelling to NY and Washington D.C. in the near future and am contemplating which camera to bring. I've noticed that many of the museums and tourist attractions have lengthy lists of prohibitied ...
m__'s user avatar
  • 305
13 votes
1 answer
1k views

Attending the US Presidential Inauguration next week: Can I see the Swearing-In from the National Mall?

Next week I will be attending the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. I received tickets from a state senator, which are standing room only. However, I have heard contradictory information ...
DM67's user avatar
  • 131
4 votes
1 answer
243 views

Safety when photographing Washington DC during the wee hours

So I know that many people go to DC to take pictures as well as visit museums. Unlike others, I plan to be up early and catch the sunrise for the National Mall and be around that area early (5-6AM) ...
unsignedzero's user avatar
22 votes
2 answers
3k views

Sales tax rate for hotel in Washington DC

Is it normal to have a 14 % tax rate in a hotel in Washington DC ? If so, why this is not mentioned and/or included in the price directly on booking ? PS: this is my first time in the USA.
din's user avatar
  • 395
7 votes
2 answers
2k views

Public transportation tickets in Washington DC / arriving at Dulles Airport (IAD)

I am going to be in Washington DC for 7 consecutive days. I have a couple of questions please: 1- I am planning to buy a SmarTrip card. What are the cons of using such a card? 2- On the website, it ...
din's user avatar
  • 395
14 votes
1 answer
1k views

Washington DC odd tour request issue

I recently submitted some Washington DC tour requests to a member of congress that just lost their election. My trip is scheduled for before they leave office. Could the election results affect my ...
Rand's user avatar
  • 143
2 votes
0 answers
67 views

Labor Day Monday - Niagara or DC? [closed]

I'm travelling with a colleague in US for the next week and cannot change schedules. From midday Sunday (4 Sep 2016) we need to travel with a rental car from Detroit to NYC until Tuesday afternoon. We ...
brainwash's user avatar
  • 129
6 votes
1 answer
118 views

DC Metro Safetrack surge #6

The Washington DC subway system (Metro) is undergoing a series of safety surges where they are either shutting down sections of track or "single" tracking over sections. Surge #6 affects the red line ...
StrongBad's user avatar
  • 3,166
9 votes
1 answer
164 views

How can I observe the 3rd Infantry Regiment at Arlington Cemetery during closing time?

I am informed that the 3rd U. S. Infantry Regiment musters at Arlington National Cemetery every Tuesday morning before the cemetery opens. They practice and rehearse formal military ceremonies so that ...
Gayot Fow's user avatar
  • 85.2k
3 votes
2 answers
646 views

Will we need bug repellent for our visit to Washington DC?

We're from the Pacific Northwest and have never been to the East Coast. We're headed to DC in late June, which I've been told will be hot and very humid. Here, we get by all summer without using bug ...
SnappingShrimp's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
195 views

What is a good outskirts area to stay in Washington DC [closed]

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 ...
Scorb's user avatar
  • 1,541
5 votes
2 answers
465 views

Where can a tourist play horseshoes in Washington, DC?

A Brit who has never been stateside before but has devoted rudimentary study to American folklore plans to visit the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC. Specifically the Museum of Crafts and the ...
Gayot Fow's user avatar
  • 85.2k
0 votes
1 answer
886 views

Can I visit Washington DC in a car [closed]

I am considering a road trip to Washington DC. I am curious if it would be a hassle if I stayed at a hotel in a suburb municipality. Specifically, I am wondering if it is a a hassel or undesirable to ...
Scorb's user avatar
  • 1,541
8 votes
1 answer
318 views

Are shopping malls open in Washington DC and nearby areas during the holidays?

I am going to Washington DC and Virginia on the 28th of December. I will be staying for three days. Will the malls be open normally during these days? For example, Tysons Corner mall.
Nean Der Thal's user avatar
7 votes
1 answer
1k views

Is every museum in Washington DC free to visit?

I want to know that if I want to go to the museums in Washington DC, Is it free to enter? Or there is any fee ?
arslion's user avatar
  • 173
3 votes
1 answer
241 views

Late night taxis at the Rosslyn (Virginia) Station

So I have a flight that's arriving at DCA at 10:45pm, estimated, and my hotel is next to the Spring Hill station on the Silver Line. Google suggests that the journey may have a transit time of 50-60 ...
neubert's user avatar
  • 11.3k
10 votes
2 answers
3k views

Can a foreigner rent guns in a shooting range in metro-DC area?

Can a European visitor rent a gun in a range near the metro-DC area? Unlike the websites of ranges located in New York, the Virginia/Maryland ranges don't seem to specify whether tourists can rent ...
mike3996's user avatar
  • 207
7 votes
1 answer
427 views

What is the rationale for requiring White House tours be scheduled through a member of Congress?

According to https://www.whitehouse.gov/participate/tours-and-events Public tour requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress. My question is… why is that requirement present? Why ...
neubert's user avatar
  • 11.3k
26 votes
1 answer
6k views

How do I pay for a US parking ticket from the UK?

I went to States recently rented a car from enterprise and in Washington got a parking ticket (100$). Since it gives 30 days to pay I wasn't in to much of the hurry. When I tried to pay for the ...
Matas Vaitkevicius's user avatar