May 11, 2016

Washington, D.C. Vacation: Transportation & Accommodations


Left: A William Wegman piece commissioned by NASA hanging in the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station. Right: In-flight TV on our JetBlue flight.

Washington, D.C. is a large city with lots of options for getting around and places to stay. I wanted to share our accommodations and modes of transportation we used.

Airbnb: In the early stages of planning we got discouraged by the extremely high cost of hotels in the District. Hotels in the outer areas seemed less than desirable. I'm far from a hotel snob, but we wanted to stay somewhere nicer for this vacation. After looking around some more, I decided to explore Airbnb and found some great options at much more affordable prices. We chose this Capitol Hill garden apartment and were very happy with our choice. It was super clean, well-decorated, in a perfect location, and the price was right. I'd definitely book an Airbnb again. If you'd like to try out Airbnb for yourself, I have a discount code for $20 off your first stay and I'll also get a $20 credit.

JetBlue: A jet-setter I am not, but I've flown with a number of different airlines and on this vacation JetBlue shot to the top of my favorites list. I'm probably way late to the JetBlue party, but daaaang. You get free wifi, in-flight entertainment (TV/radio), comfy seats with lots of legroom, and good snacks (Doritos, popcorn chips, nut-free cookies!). Not to mention the fastest boarding/disembarking I've ever seen.

Uber: Also a thing I'm late to the party on is Uber. I'd never used it before, but sore feet and some rainy weather got the best of me and we used it a handful of times in DC. We had a variety of drivers and everyone was very nice. Someone gave me a promo code and now I'm going to pass mine onto you. If you'd like a free ride worth up to $15, just plug this code into the 'promotions' tab: rjgk33r6ue.

D.C. Metro: Our main mode of transportation was the subway, which is called the Metro in D.C. It runs throughout the District and Virginia and there are stops all over the city. It's clean and easy to navigate. We never felt unsafe and since a large amount of residents also use the Metro, there are always people around. You have to purchase a $2 plastic Smartrip card (they phased out paper cards recently) and can do that, plus put money on it, either online or at one of the stations. I'd also recommend downloading the DC Metro and Bus app to have a map and station list handy.

D.C. is a very walkable city, but it's big and there's a lot to see and do. You could also consider Capital Bikeshare (read about my experience here!), taxis, the WMATA bus service, hop-on hop-off tour buses, and the D.C. Circulator bus.

Tomorrow I'll be talking about some of the tours we went on, followed by one final post about our favorite D.C. activity on Friday.

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