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Questions tagged [washington-dc]

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

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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 ...
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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)...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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,...
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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 + ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 (...
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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?
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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 ...
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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>
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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'...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Obtaining a Library of Congress reader ID card as a souvenir

I'd like to get a Reader Identification Card from the Library of Congress (as a unique and personalized souvenir) and am curious as to how I'd go about doing so. From the link it sounds like all I ...
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What is the difference between regular tours vs congressionally scheduled ones of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing?

Congressman McCaul makes it seems as though you need to ask a congressman to schedule tours of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing but Bureau of Engraving and Printing doesn't mention anything about ...
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White House tours on weekends?

As a US citizen, to tour the White House you have to go through your member of Congress. I did so, through their website, and they had a field asking for the dates I'd like to do the tour. My ...
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How do multiple “purses” work with DC metro Smatrip cards?

In Washington DC there is a Mass Transportation Benefit Program for many government employees. The FAQ at the bottom of the page says Are my personal funds separated from my transit benefits on the ...
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How far into DC should I drive before catching Metro [duplicate]

I plan to drive from Raleigh to Washington, DC. tomorrow (Sunday). My final destination is the Verizon Center. How far into DC should I drive before catching the metro?
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Transit from Dulles to Falls Church [duplicate]

Going to DC for a family vacation and arriving into Dulles. Any input on getting from Dulles to the Falls Church area that does not include an expensive cab ride?
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How early can you check in your luggage for Amtrak at Washington union station?

I'm arriving into Union station early in the morning, departing at 10pm I know I can check my luggage for the journey, but can't find an earliest time, the latest is 45 mins. This was the page ...
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Understanding the Washington DC Metro Ticket Machines

I have visited Washington once before. It was a wonderful 3 days in the capital only spoilt by our utter and total confusion for the metro ticket machines. This confusion was so much that we had to ...
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Washington, D.C., or just Washington? [closed]

What is the (formal) name of the capital of the United States? Is it "Washington" or "Washington DC"? I'm aware that "DC" refers to "District of Columbia", which is the non-state internal ...
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What is the cheapest mode of transportation to DCA for a 6AM flight? [closed]

The metro isn't open that early, and I want to be there early enough to get through security in time. I've used Uber before, but the fare was quite expensive. I live in the Van Ness area, and am not ...
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Scenic restaurant overlooking Washington DC

While planning a trip to Washington DC I was wondering whether there is some restaurant/bar from which you can overlook downtown at sunset/night. An example in Atlanta would be the Sun Dial on top ...