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Transportation confused what to get?

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Transportation confused what to get?

Hi

We're traveling this June just for 5days only.(2 adults and 1 child 6yrs.old) We only have 3 whole days. We're thinking of doing the monuments sat. and sunday. What's the best way to go around these monuments the cheaper way ?Should we get for both Metrorail and Bus for the weekend? We're staying in Holiday Inn near LEnfant Plaza station. Thanks for any input.

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1. Re: Transportation confused what to get?

It sounds like you haven't looked at a map, which seems like the obvious first step when you're asking this kind of question. if you look at a map you'll see that your hotel is literally a block away from the Mall. It wouldn't make sense to take the metro because you could walk to the Smithsonian metro stop about as fast as it would take to ride the metro there from L'Enfant plaza. They are very close together.

Really your best option is to walk to all the monuments, and if you find that you are getting tired and can't make it to or back from the monuments on the far western side of the Mall such as the Lincoln, just hail a cab off the street. This would be cheaper and more convenient than buying a ticket for any of the private bus tours on the Mall.

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2. Re: Transportation confused what to get?

Thanks...I know that we're staying near the "The Mall" but, the monuments are quite far I believe ...but thanks for the info...

In case would it be better if we get a day pass for the metro?

thanks again..

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3. Re: Transportation confused what to get?

Well like I already said it wouldn't make sense to ride the metro to the monuments because you could walk to the closest station (Smithsonian) as fast as you could ride to it from L'Enfant. Yes, the Foggy Bottom station is technically the closest to just the Lincoln Memorial, but it's still a good walk and not worth the ride in my opinion.

That's not to say you shouldn't ride the metro at all during your visit. You will probably want to. Your hotel is located in an office area that becomes a dead zone after working hours. You will need to go to other parts of the city to find decent food options in the evening, and the metro is the best way to do that.

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4. Re: Transportation confused what to get?

As Matt has pointed out twice, riding Metro from the Holiday Inn Capitol to "the monuments" makes little sense. Even if you did, buying a day pass for two trips on Metro is a waste of money. Just using an ordinary farecard would be the cheapest option. And since there are no Metro station all that close to the Lincoln Memorial anyway, why bother.

Take a taxi to the Lincoln Memorial. From there you can walk to the memorials you want to see, like Vietnam, Korean, MLK, FDR and WWII. The Jefferson Memorial is the one a bit out of the way. By the time you get to WWII you are less than a mile from your hotel. An adult can walk a mile in about 15-20 minutes. If you walked to the Smithsonian Metro station, you are pratically within sight of your hotel, if there weren't any buildings in the way.

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5. Re: Transportation confused what to get?

Relax. With only 3 days and a six year old you are going to be mostly making it up as you go along. You can walk to many places on the mall from where you are. If you want to take Metro, just buy paper farecards at the station for each trip. Definitely plan to "bail out" as needed and take a cab. Trying to come up with a "master plan" is going to cause you endless mind pain and ultimately - maybe - at best, save you $10-20.00.

Buy a few basics for your hotel fridge for breakfast & snacks/sandwiches. Carry along lots of energy bar/snacks for the child - not a lot of eating options on the mall except for museum cafes/food courts (Air and Space is the worst!) or hot dogs, and sometimes it is just nice to sit down on the mall, relax - (or chase pigeons if you're six) look around and eat your own sandwich.

Yes, your hotel is in a night-time "dead zone," but if you have energy at night, just take the Green Line Metro a few stops to Columbia Heights for loads of family-friendly dining options like The Heights or Meridian Pint. Take the kid to FroYo on the plaza and s/he will think you are a god!

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6. Re: Transportation confused what to get?

And for visiting the Lincoln Memorial - yes, all the guidebooks say Foggy Bottom Metro is the closest stop - technically true but annoyingly stupid. It is about .8 miles - (downhill, so uphill in reverse) on narrow sidewalks along an unshaded, busy street.

The far better option is to walk from Arlington Cemetery Metro station across Memorial Bridge. - .9 miles - on a broad safe sidewalk with beautiful views all the way. Then take a taxi home.

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7. Re: Transportation confused what to get?

If you're going to take Metro for dinner and evening activities, which you should do, Columbia Heights doesn't make any sensible top 10 list of destinations. Gallery Place, Dupont Circle, Cleveland Park, King Street, Clarendon, Bethesda, etc. are better choices.

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8. Re: Transportation confused what to get?

The walk from the Lincoln Memorial to the Foggy Bottom Metro station is anything but "unshaded". Lots of trees along there compared to the completely unshaded Memorial Bridge and the open areas with the highway crossings on the way to the Arlington Cemetery Metro station. There are even a couple of places you can stop and get a drink along 23rd Street, not to mention you might meet some nice GW students. I think Victoria needs to rethink her plan there.

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9. Re: Transportation confused what to get?

Agreed with everything EricH_DC just said. You can even walk to Gallery Place during late afternnon, have dinner, then take a very short cab ride back to the hotel.

Columbia Height is not a common tourist destination. With only three days here, you have far better choices.

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10. Re: Transportation confused what to get?

Except that Columbia Heights is on the Green line - requiring no change of trains (which adds an additional 10-15 min. travel time) and is only 5 stops - maybe 7 minutes - from L'Enfant Plaza station. Columbia Heights offers at least 20 restaurants - from Ihop and Ruby Tuesdays to dynamic American bistro cuisine & ethnic (Vietnamese, Salvadorian, Thai,) All within 2 blocks of the metro station.

Plus, the plaza at 14th & Kenyon/Park Rd. has a great splash fountain where local people gather - and of course FroYo - 20 flavors + vast toppings bar. You pay by the weight, so it is especially great for kids - 3 oz frozen yougurt + choc syrup, gummi bears, choc bits, oreos etc. still comes out costing less than a standard ice cream most places.

If you're willing to walk 3-4 blocks from Metro to 11th st. you have another dozen options! Gallery Place/Chinatown is also on the Green line and so convenient. There are some decent options there amidst the tourist swarm, but it is also pretty crazy on Fri. or Sat. nights.