DC Tourism info
DC is a very beautiful and walkable city with many Historic Sites,
coupled with its excellent subway known as the "Metro," it is a
really fun city to tour.
If you decide instead to opt for one of the suburban
chain hotels, most do provide shuttle vans to Metro stops so your family can
tour that way.
I feel the chain hotels in the suburbs out near the
Beltway are located there with the business traveler in mind, the surrounding areas
are not very aesthetically appealing neighborhoods and are they certainly are
NOT pedestrian-friendly as the neighborhoods of NW DC where I live are.
Some DC area tourist Hotel links:
The section of DC I live in is
an area with
excellent access to the many sights of DC.
B & Bís in Kalorama Triangle neighborhood:
Kalorama Guest House at Kalorama Park, 1854 Mintwood Place NW Washington, DC, 20009
667-6369 / Fax: (202) 319-1262
Victorian town houses furnished with antiques on a small residential street in
the Adams-Morgan/Kalorama neighborhood.
Just steps away from 60 international restaurants and Metro subway
station. Rooms: 31 (12 with private bath).
Meeting Rooms: 3. Services: Complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon
aperitif. Facilities: Several parlor areas, garden, breakfast room with
marble-topped tables, limited off-street parking. Meetings: Meeting equipment
with advance notice.
I have looked up hotels that fan out from
the neighbor'hood Bootie lives in, known as
where Bootie's roams.
[I also have
a map to the beach house].
I believe this area of Washington, DC where
Bootie lives offers the most diversity and diversion and easy access to popular DC
tourism sights in a comfortable and safe manner for out-of-town families to really
Here's some things I believe about the neighborhood, it was home to Ms. Lena Horne
(California or Kalorama Sts., NW),
'Cap' Weinburger is/was there.
The VP's 'Marine 2' helicopter overflies this neighborhood,
twice a day and my dog Sara barks like crazy. The [DoD's] 'the Donald'
"Rummy" Rumsfeld lives there. On one part of my twice daily dog walk, as I face the
French Ambassador's residence, going left is Ted
Kennedy's house, going right is Donald's house, how fitting ;^D
Sara will typically, eat the grass in front of the Honorable Senator's, and then either spit that up, or
'do a gal's business,' in front of DoD-onald's.
Ironic that across the street,
in full gaze of this excremental expression,
are the discrete 'Soldiers of Fortune' on Federal Protection duty.
They are standing only feet away from French soil, their presence makes it feel
like the 5th on Rue St. Germain a Paris!
Morgan and Kalorama neighborhood is certainly my favorite place to be in
Washington. I'll fan out from where we
Some hotels in Kalorama:
1914 Connecticut Ave.NW Washington, DC 20009
2116 Kalorama Rd. N.W. Washington, DC 20008
Tourist Class, classic boutique hotel (1930) with Victorian Charm and Modern
conveniences. Located just North of Dupont Plaza near 21st and Connecticut and
Woodley Park Metro Stop. Rooms in Queen Anne/Chippendale Style Deco with color
cable tv, dual-line phones, climate control and mini refrigerator, tour desk
and business services. No restaurant or bar but many nearby. Includes
Complimentary Continental Breakfast Daily Cancel Policy 24 HOUR | Bed Types
1Q/2T/2D | Daily Parking 11.00 Free Breakfast YES | Gym NO | Children Free
Under 17 Pool | Restaurant | Rooms/Floors 43/ 4
Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20008
Moderate First Class intimate boutique style hotel located
in a quiet residential area off Connecticut Ave., 4 blocks North of Dupont
Circle (Closest Metro Stop). This Hotel has pleasant rooms with climate
control, period furnishings, color tv, clock radio, tea/coffee maker and
refrigerator. Wheelchair accessible. No full-service bar or restaurant, but tea
room serves light fares and limited room service. Cancel Policy 24 HRS | Bed
Types 1D/2T | Daily Parking 11.00 Free Breakfast NO | Gym NO | Children Free
Under 12 Pool NO | Restaurant NO | Rooms/Floors 75/ 6
B & Bís in
Adams Morgan neighborhood: Adams Inn
California Street House B & B, 1838 California
Street, NW 202-488-4494
Woodley Park-National Zoo neighborhood is a
wonderfully quiet wooded neighborhood.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo:
Near the Zoo is this B&B:
2700 Cathedral Ave. NW Washington, DC, 20008 Phone:
(202) 328-0860 Fax: (202) 328-8730
Two Victorian town houses furnished with antiques in
the Woodley Park neighborhood, 1 block off of Connecticut Avenue near the
Sheraton Washington, National Zoo and Washington National Cathedral. Short walk
to Metro subway station. Rooms: 19 (12 with private bath). Meeting Rooms: 1.
Services: Complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon aperitif.
Facilities: Breakfast sun room, dining room, limited off-street parking. Meetings:
Meeting equipment with advance notice.
Other Woodley Park-Zoo lodging:
Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St NW 202-234-0700
Connecticut-Woodley Guest Home B & B, 2647 Woodley
Rd NW 202-667-0218
B & Bís in Dupont Circle neighborhood:
Phone: (202) 332-5251 Fax: (202) 332-3244
Charming Victorian townhouse in the perfect location:
1/2 block to Metrorail subway station, with restaurants, cafes, and boutiques
close by. Within walking distance of the White House and the Phillips
Collection. Rooms: 6 (all non smoking); high ceilings, fireplaces, marble
bathrooms with jacuzzis, cable TV, fax, VCR, kitchenette. 1 suite with private
deck on a separate floor is also available. Also, a large 1-BR apartment for
guests who are staying a while. Double parlors in common area. Services:
Complimentary continental breakfast and newspaper; multilingual staff.
Facilities: Guest parking.
Simpkins Bed & Breakfast
1601 19th St.
NW Washington, DC, 20009
Phone: (202) 387-1328 Located at 19th and Q Sts. NW
1 block from Metro (Dupont Circle) this charming,
air-conditioned, restored, yet very no frills 1888 Victorian town house is a
bargain for bohemian/public interest professionals. Near DC sights, galleries
and Embassy Row. Rooms: 6. Services: Complimentary breakfast.
Bed & Breakfast In Washington, Wash DC
Bed And Breakfast-Sweet Dreams, Wash., DC:
Historic Dupont Circle Inn
1808 New Hampshire Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-4414 or (202) 265-7677 Fax: (202) 265-6755
the Dupont Circle neighborhood:
Dupont Circle is named for the park at its center.
This neighborhood is very much like the Parisian neighborhood that is in the
shadow of the Eiffel Tower, diverse and vibrant and with a touch of edginess
that is easy to be safe in if one simply stays alert of their surroundings and
watches out for their belongings in a common-sense manner.
The neighborhood has a large gay population that have
worked hard block-to-block to restore this formerly neglected neighborhood and
have made it into the wonderful place to live now. I lived in the Dupont Circle
neighborhood for 14 years before I moved back up to my favorite neighborhood in
DC (Adams Morgan/Kalorama) where I lived for one year when I first moved to DC
in the fall of 1987 after I lived three years in Utah.
1731 New Hampshire Ave. Washington, DC 20009
available in their lot and they have spaces at a garage just down the street
The Carlyle Suites is a moderate first-class, Art-Deco
style, all-studio suite hotel located in Dupont Circle near the Embassy
District. All studio suites feature climate control, full kitchen, dining area,
color TV, radio, phone, iron/board and hair dryer. Hotel offers restaurant,
cafe, bar, gym, wheelchair access and 24-hour concierge. Cancel Policy 24 Hours
| Bed Types 1K/2D | Daily Parking Free Free Breakfast No | Gym Yes | Children
Free Under 18 Pool No | Restaurant Yes | Rooms/Floors 170/8
1500 New Hampshire Ave. Washington, DC 20036
The new hotel at this excellent location is right on
Dupont Circle - it has a parking garage (an important feature as street parking
is always tight in DC). It seems nice and well run. It located just two
northeast end of the Dupont Circle neighborhood. It is a good value hotel
located downtown just north of the business downtown. The Juryís Dupont is a
first-class hotel located downtown near the White House and the Smithsonian.
All guest-rooms feature climate control, tea/coffeemaker, minibar, in-room safe
and iron/ironing board. The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge, room service,
valet and dry cleaning services and a fitness center. Cancel Policy 72 Hours |
Bed Types 1D/1K | Daily Parking 15.00 Free Breakfast No | Gym Yes | Children
Free Under 17 Pool No | Restaurant Yes | Rooms/Floors 314/8
More Dupont Circle Hotels:
Cleveland Park hotel:
about three miles uptown and about 1/2 mile from the
Address: 4400 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Days Inn Reservation Phone Number:1-800-544-8313 Fax:
202-244-6794 Number of rooms: 155 Number of floors: 6 Credit Cards: AX, CB, DC,
DS, VI Check In: 3:00 PM Check Out: 12:00 PM Airports: Ronald Reagan National,
Washington Dulles, Baltimore (BWI) Ratings: 5 Sunbursts; AAA 2 Diamonds. Room
Rate Ranges (US Dollars) Standard Room: from a low of $109.00 to a high of
$139.00 Deluxe Room: from a low of $149.00 to a high of $179.00
Another write-up of it here: Days Inn Uptown 4400
Connecticut Ave. NW Washington DC 20008 Days Inn Uptown is a Contemporary
mid-rise motor hotel located near the National Zoo, Northwest of Downtown. All
rooms feature climate control, shower massage, phone, radio, cable TV, safe and
coffeemaker. Hotel offers wheelchair access, and covered parking ($). Many
restaurants and shops are nearby. Cancel Policy 24 Hours | Bed Types 1K/2D |
Daily Parking 5.00 Free Breakfast No | Gym No | Children Free Under 12 Pool No
| Restaurant No | Rooms/Floors 155/6
Bottom/GWU - a downtown neighborhood defined by the urban campus of GWU, the
neighborhood is in between Georgetown, Dupont Circle and the National Mall.
Here are two pricey small Inns located there:
New Hampshire Suites Hotel, 1121 New Hampshire Ave, NW
minutes walk north of Georgetown is the quiet, comfortable Glover Park
North of Georgetown is the quiet residential
neighborhood called Glover Park. It is where the Vice President's house is
located on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory.
Just east of Glover Park as one descends the hill
toward Dupont Circle along Massachusetts Avenue, NW are where many of the
In Glover Park are these two hotels:
2505 Wisconsin Ave NW, 202-337-9700
Holiday Inn, District Of Columbia-Georgetown , 2101 Wisconsin Ave NW, 202-338-4600
Capitol Hill is the neighborhood that surrounds the
Its nice to see and grab a bite at as a diversion if
one is touring the Capitol or Supreme Court or Library of Congress
stayed in luxury hotels here in DC:
the Hay-Adams on my wedding night
the Jefferson Hotel's $800/night Suite 810 that
usually movie stars stay in we got on my wife's birthday one year we stayed at
for a cheap package price one lucky weekend, and
the Mansion on O Streetís ďLog Cabin RoomĒ for
our first anniversary.
Hotels in neighborhoods in NW DC and close-in suburbs:
Bethesda, MD hotels:
METRO is easy to use, clean, safe and handy. When I
have guests I usually start out walking to toward downtown. We start from my
neighborhood then downhill through Dupont Circle on Connecticut Ave to take in
all the flavor of the city as this route leads one down to the Mall via the
After touring the Mall if I get tired and either take
the Metro home or grab a cab. Cabs are cheap and based on a fare system by zone
so there's no meter running. I provide cab info subsequently.
One uses Metro by taking the escalator or use the
elevator down at a Station.
One looks at the map to find the stop they desire to
identify amount of fare, Important to notice that morning and evening rush-hour
might be more.
The destination might be on a different color line
from the one is boarding at. An example is if one enters at Woodley
Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan or Dupont Circle on the Red line and sees that their
desired stop is Smithsonian Station, they notice this stop is on the
Blue/Orange line. Blue and Orange lines share multiple Stations throughout
downtown DC and are called Blue/Orange Lines in that shared portion. This is
true of the Yellow and Green Lines also.
On the map, one identifies a station marked with a
larger circle that intersects the line with the desired stop. This is known as
a Transfer Station. Coming downtown from the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams
Morgan Station that is on the Red line and seeing Smithsonian Station is on
Blue/Orange, one then sees the first Transfer Station is Metro Center
One then looks on the map at the name of final
destination of that color line that has the desired station on it, the
Blue/Orange lines for the Smithsonian station. To transfer at Metro Center and
proceed toward Smithsonian Station, one sees the Final Destination of the Blue
Line train after its splits from the Blue /Orange segment is Addison Road for
the Blue line in the direction proceeding from Metro Center toward Smithsonian
Looking at the shared Orange line, one sees its final
destination in the direction proceeding from Metro Center toward Smithsonian station
is New Carrollton Station.
This info is important because one must pick the correct train color and
final destination when transferring lines at Metro Center. Many times I
have gotten the color correct but the direction (final destination) wrong.
Then one purchases a farecard at the farecard
machines. Important to notice is there are machines for multiple purchases if
one person wants to buy for more than one person.
One purchases the farecard by inserting coin or paper
money up to $20.00 increments and the card is provided with its value printed
on it that is updated to show the remaining value with each use.
Then proceed to the trains by approaching an entering
turnstile marked green and insert the farecard on the side of the turnstile
feeding the card in the direction indicated on the placard immediately above
the farecard feeder.
The feeder will grab the card and it will spit it out
on top and open the turnstile automatically. Pushing the gates aside yourself
will alert an embarrassing alarm.
Grab your card and put it in your pocket and proceed
to the train noting the turnstile will automatically snap closed after you pass
through it. To exit the that same Station you entered if you suddenly realize
you forgot something, simply walk to any exit turnstile in the Station and
leave without being debited any fare.
Otherwise proceed toward the center of the platform
and watch for flashing lights on the granite apron at the edge of the platform
that indicate an arriving train. The train will arrive, on it will be indicated
the color line it is and it will be also marked with its final
destination indicating its direction of travel along that line. Make
sure both the color and final destination indicating its direction are what one
wants then board the train after it stops and the doors open with an
Observe the next arriving train one is transferring to
at Metro Center is the desired color line and is traveling in the desired
direction. Coming from uptown by the Zoo or Dupont Circle, one will get off the
Red line train upon its arrival at Metro Center.
Courtesy is to allow all exiting passengers off and
then proceed toward the center of the car. If the bee-boop is heard before all
the passengers are off, if one is comfortable to squeeze, one can, but there is
always another train probably less crowded five minutes behind. After the doors
close and the train begins motion, Hang On to something!
Then one then listens for the announcement made on the
train of each approaching station as the train slows to arrive at it. One can
also see out the train's windows to markers on the wall at each station as one
arrives to indicate which station the train is at.
When one arrives at their desired final or transfer
station, proceed toward the doors, while hanging on as the train slows. The
doors will open with a "Bee-Boop" ring, one is also sounded as the
doors are closing again.
To exit the station after the trainís arrival at the
station, upon exiting the train, one looks up at the signs on the wall with the
Station name on them to see to the left and right of the Station name is an
arrow with information indicating what is in each direction of the station
exits. It will indicate either the street or what Point of Interest the exit is
located at. It may instead indicate direction toward the escalators that will
take one to the other color line train platforms. One would see the sign
stating "To Blue/Orange Lines" as an example of what one would look
for upon arriving at Metro Center on the Red line when heading to Smithsonian
Then one either proceeds toward the desired station
exit or toward the other desired color rail line if switching lines in a
Transfer Station. [From either Dupont Circle or Woodley Park/Adams Morgan Metro
stops, the [non-rush hour] base fare is $1.20 one-way I believe for each person
to Smithsonian station on the National Mall.]
Be sure to put money in to cover the round trip when
initially purchasing the farecard so one's card is returned to the person upon
reaching the destination station exit turnstile. This is so one can retain that
card and simply insert it when returning or going on somewhere else via METRO
after visiting the Mall.
Woodley Park/Adams Morgan and Smithsonian Station are so popular with out-of-town
and sometimes first-time Metro travelers, there can be delays. I suggest
purchasing a daily or a multi-day pass to make it easy. Only one purchase
needed for your day or entire vacation.
These two passes that might be a better value and
certainly easier to utilize than buying a farecard each time one rides:
One Day Pass $5 Valid for one day of unlimited
Metrorail travel on weekdays after 9:30 a.m. or all day on Saturdays, Sundays
or federal holidays. Pass expires at midnight.
7-Day Short Trip Pass $17.50 Valid for seven
consecutive days for Metrorail trips costing up to $1.75 between 5:30-9:30 a.m.
and 3-7 p.m. on weekdays.
Pass is valid for any rail trip at other times. If
trip costs more than $1.75, it will spit the card out at the exit turnstile and
the turnstile will flash and not open it gates. Simply grab the card and
proceed back toward the EXITFARE machine. Insert the card and it will tell you
how much additional fare is needed. Insert that amount, and the card will be
returned. Then proceed to the exit turnstile and it will now retain your card
since its value is zero and will open the turnstile to allow your exiting. Pass
will be returned for continued use during valid period.
One of the greatest
things I like about Washington is its Metro-accessible nature walks:
Cleveland Park station (one stop above the Zoo stop):
Exit on east side of Connecticut Ave. Travel 0.2 miles north (right) to Melvin
Hazen Park, and follow the foot trail down a wooded ravine beneath beech and
oak trees more than 100 feet tall. Watch for wildflowers in spring and for the
wood thrush, DC's official bird, throughout warmer months. Woodpeckers are
common year round. This 0.5 mile trail connects to trails in Rock Creek Park.
To see exotic animals, go 0.4 miles south on Connecticut Ave. to reach the
National Zoo. The Zoo connects to Rock Creek Park, making a loop hike of about
Foggy Bottom-GWU station: To reach the Potomac River
and Thompson Boat Center, go west (right) 1 block on I St. plaza and left 2
blocks on New Hampshire Ave. Cross Virginia Ave., turn right (NW) and walk 1
block along Virginia Ave. to Rock Creek Parkway. Rent a boat here to see Canada
geese and other wildlife along the river and around Roosevelt Island, or take
30th St. north from Thompson's (by the big sundial) to the Chesapeake &
Ohio (C&O) Canal. The towpath leads through the heart of Georgetown and
into riverside forest habitat after 0.5 miles. The trail ends 184 miles upstream
at Cumberland, MD.
Waterfront station: Go west (right) one block on M
St.,SW turn south (left) 0.2 miles on 6th St. and follow the paved walkway to
the Washington Channel of the Potomac River. Once polluted and lifeless, the
Potomac is now a vibrant, living river. Watch the fish jump, and search the
skies for bald eagle, osprey and peregrine falcon. Walk down Water St., SW 0.5
miles to 9th St. Turn right and cross Maine Ave., SW Follow the footpath to the
pedestrian walkway along the high bridge over the Channel. Or reach the walkway
from the L'Enfant Plaza station. At the far side is East Potomac Park, whose
southern tip is Hains Point, 1.5 miles from the bridge. Scan the meeting point
of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers during the colder months to see a variety of
gulls and waterfowl.
Description of DC Taxi in's and out's to go along with
the attached taxi zone map:
Taxi fares are "within a zone" at about
$4.00 or so with a $1.50 or so charge for each additional person riding with a
person; tip is customary at 10 to 15 percent if pleased with courtesy of
service; cabbie can ask others people along the way if their destination is
along with yours, however they must take you first to your destination unless
the second fare they picked up is along your way within no more than a three
block or so detour. Since no meter is running, your fare remains unchanged. The
second fare is charged completely independent of your's and your companions'
fare. There are surcharges for hauling travel bags also. If one's destination
causes the cab to "cross a zone" as indicated on the taxi zone map
that is, by law, posted in every cab, the fare increases accordingly. Outside
the city, the fare is determined by distance only as portion of a mile. By law,
no cabs with meters are used within DC. There is a zone rate placard posted on
the back door windows of every cab. The east and west african cabbies are quite
friendly, the middle eastern and south asia guys less jovial but usually still
companies I use:
These have more of the old fashioned "real
American cabbies" they are the most knowledgeable how to get around the
city, the know the short cuts, and for an additional $1.50 or so, they can be
radio-dispatched via a telephone call to your door (as opposed to hailing them
from the street).
The Washington Post's Visitor's Guide to Washington:
map of DC:
escape just over the hill from me here in NW DC, Rock Creek Park:
get-aways close by, sorted by direction out of downtown DC:
on MD's Eastern Shore:
About three hours
away is are two ski resorts closer to where I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA:
DC City pages:
Article about the Atlantic Ocean Beaches many DC
residents take to 2.5 hours away:
DC Museum guide on Wash Post.com:
DC Restaurant guide on Wash Post.com:
DC visitor's page for bicycling:
Night Tours you decide to take, like the US Capitol's
A Spring tradition in DC, the cherry blossoms:
NPS Rock Creek Park Nature Center and planetarium:
White House tours:
House of Reps visitor site:
Visit the US Senate:
Points of interest in and around DC:
A witty, candid page for young professionals that is
right on the money in its discussions about DC neighborhoods:
The National Arboretum (on the way out to NASA GSFC
from downtown on New York Ave in DC):
Birding around DC:
NASA Goddard SFC is located about 15 miles Northeast of downtown DC.
Driving, the exit (GSFC Gate #3), marked
"NASA/GSFC-Employees Only" directly off of the Baltimore/Washington
"B/W" Parkway. It is directly is assessable with a NASA Civil Servant
badge. To use Gate #3, Contractors must first obtain a Multi-day
Contractor/Official Visitor Badge given at Gate #1.
Gate #1, the NASA GSFC "Main Gate" is
located one exit further south on the Parkway traveling southbound (in the
direction "from" the Baltimore-Washington International
"BWI" airport) at MD 193 Greenbelt Road East exit off of the
Baltimore/Washington "B/W" Parkway.
NASA GSFC is about 30 minutes south of the BWI Airport
on the Baltimore/Washington Parkway. From the BWI Airport exit, take the South
"B/W Parkway" exit of MD 295 toward Washington a mile or so west of
the BWI Airport Exit to head toward GSFC.
Downtown DC is about 15 miles from GSFC. I travel into
DC from Goddard using the B/W parkway, taking the right exit for U.S. 50
westbound marked "Downtown Washington."
Commuting to GSFC from downtown DC: NASA GSFC is about
twenty to 25 minutes away from my neighborhood in downtown DC. This is because
I do the "reverse commute" - I travel from downtown DC out to the
suburbs in the morning. The much larger traffic volume heads into the city in
Driving from my neighborhood, one proceeds east along
U Street, NW from 18th Street, NW. At 9th street, NW, U Street runs into and
becomes Florida Avenue, NW. One proceeds eastbound along Florida Avenue, NW
where it crosses North Capitol Street and becomes Florida Avenue, NE. The U.S.
Capitol is the centerpoint of DC. the four quadrants, NW, NE, SW, SE extend
from it. Continuing along Florida Avenue, NE, one then approaches New York
Avenue, NE a couple blocks east of North Capitol street. This intersection has
a large orange building on your left as you face eastbound, this is a FEDEX
distribution facility. On oneís right is a Wendy's Restaurant. One then crosses
New York Avenue and proceeds to then take a right 270-degree turn as marked by
the small sign indicating "New York Avenue Eastbound" into the right
turn loop onto New York Avenue, NE.
You know you missed the turn "loop" if you
go under an underpass that is the AMTRAK lines about 75 yards further. Simply
perform a U-turn at the next light to get back in the correct direction. The
correct direction is to proceed on New York Avenue/Rt 50 East.
After doing the loop-turn from Florida avenue, NE, one
continues on New York Avenue, NE/Route 50 East for about four miles or so, past
the Washington Times Newspaper factory that has a flashing sign indicating time
In about 3/4 mile take the left exit to proceed
Northbound onto the B/W Parkway north toward Baltimore to exit either at the
exit onto Greenbelt Road MD 193 East toward the GSFC Main Gate #1 for
contractor multi-day pass badging. If one has a civil servant's badge or the
GSFC Multi-day badge, one can instead continue one further exit north up the
B/W Parkway to the exit for "GSFC-Employees Only" (Gate #3) directly
off the B/W Parkway.
NASA HQ info:
Downtown DC is also home to NASA HQ. Prior to my work at GSFC, I provided three
years contractor support at NASA HQ with McDonnell Douglas to the Code M
Shuttle Manifest office in support to Mr. Bruce Luna (now at JSC) and Mr. Dan
Hedin (former JSC employee), so I am very familiar with how to get to NASA HQ
Here's a map
of where NASA HQ is located just south of the National Mall in SW DC, 5 blocks
south of the Air and Space Museum
Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Little Italy and Fells Point and quaint Federal Hill
neighborhoods are located close together about 12 miles north of the BWI
Airport on the B/W Parkway:
Travelling Northbound on the B/W Parkway (MD 295) from
the BWI airport, it runs directly into downtown Baltimore. Historic and
appealing Annapolis, MD is located on the Chesapeake Bay about 35-50 minutes
East of NASA GSFC on US Route 50. It is a small wonderfully historic town with
a nice walk along the docks.
Alexandria, VA is essentially a slower-paced version
of the historic Georgetown neighborhood in DC. "Old town" Alexandria,
VA has a couple of the large-chain hotels that would probably have reasonable
prices and still have good walking access to sightseeing, shopping and the
Metro subway. Alexandria, Va is ten miles down river of Washington, DC and is
about 40-55 minutes from NASA GSFC which is approximately fifteen miles to the
Northeast of downtown DC just outside of Washington, DC's Capital Beltway in
Launch up to