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      03-23-2009, 08:41 AM   #1
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Thinking about heading to Washington DC, need advice.

Hey guys,

I'm thinking about taking a one day trip to Washington DC sometime in April for Cherry Blossom festival

I would love to take my 335 but I'm not sure if it would be safe as I'm not familiar with the area at all.

How are the parking situations around the area?...

My other option is to take my daily IS300 and just park it anywhere and be worry free.

Any advice would be appreciated!
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Whenever I head to DC, I tend to park at a Metro station outside of the city and ride in, I'm not sure how committed you are to driving in but the train tends to be the easiest in my opinion. There are parking garages in the area but i'm sure theyre a hefty price.
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Whenever I head to DC, I tend to park at a Metro station outside of the city and ride in, I'm not sure how committed you are to driving in but the train tends to be the easiest in my opinion. There are parking garages in the area but i'm sure theyre a hefty price.
I was thinking about that option as I've done it when I was a kid with my parents.

Do they have decent parking at the stations, and which station should I be driving to?
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I was thinking about that option as I've done it when I was a kid with my parents.

Do they have decent parking at the stations, and which station should I be driving to?
Silver Spring Metro station has a large garage. You could go to the upper levels where you will see less cars or you can find a nice corner spot.

The station is about 3 miles from the beltway and easy to find.
This is the red line so no need to transfer to get near the Smithsonian.
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There are several stations all around the surrounding areas and I'm pretty sure most (if not all) have garages to park at. Frank mentioned Smithsonian which is the ideal place to get off, its right in the center of the mall in the middle of everything.
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I would drive right in 295 to NY Ave, then down 2nd or 3rd and right to the Jefferson. Parking at the top of Silver Spring garage may not be the best place. Parking in and around the sites would be best for you to get around quicker and get out of town quicker too.
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Thanks for great advices!

I will most likely park the car at the metro stations and take the train into the city.
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or park by Hains Point/Jefferson area
bike right in
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Or if you can make it downtown before 10am, you can always find a spot on the Mall...you gotta feed the meter though.
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Or if you can make it downtown before 10am, you can always find a spot on the Mall...you gotta feed the meter though.
That doesn't sound too convenient, feeding meter every what?... 1 hour?
Besides, I'm sure the place will be packed during the weekend of Cherry Blossom festival and I'm assuming it will be hell to get out of the city.

Thanks for the suggestion tho.
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Silver Spring Metro station has a large garage. You could go to the upper levels where you will see less cars or you can find a nice corner spot.

The station is about 3 miles from the beltway and easy to find.
This is the red line so no need to transfer to get near the Smithsonian.
I was going to suggest the metro station at White Flint. Nice garage with plenty of spaces. don't drive into the city, potholes, red light cameras, speed cameras, and the parallel parking fools who like to tap your car... just scares the poop out of me...
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watch out when u go to DC - it now has the nation's highest AIDS/HIV rate (3%) - in fact, higher than West Africa.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,509316,00.html

never go to DC again nor touch anything from that place...
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watch out when u go to DC - it now has the nation's highest AIDS/HIV rate (3%) - in fact, higher than West Africa.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,509316,00.html

never go to DC again nor touch anything from that place...
wow, good to know. No more DC strip clubs for me.
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I was going to suggest the metro station at White Flint. Nice garage with plenty of spaces. don't drive into the city, potholes, red light cameras, speed cameras, and the parallel parking fools who like to tap your car... just scares the poop out of me...
^^ I didn't know White Flint had a garage!
I live a 2 miles from there... but Grosvenor does... the station is a mile from the 495 exit, and the garage is pretty nice!
It's also a station where trains come more frequently on the red line...
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wow, good to know. No more DC strip clubs for me.
see, i just saved your life !! now, u gonna hook me up with some free part?

but yeah, no more DC anything for me. 3% is insnae.. i think even the Cherry blossom has aids.
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see, i just saved your life !! now, u gonna hook me up with some free part?

but yeah, no more DC anything for me. 3% is insnae.. i think even the Cherry blossom has aids.
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Take your IS and be worry free. It is not even worth it. DC has the some of the worst roads in the country (right behind NJ and NY). Of course, it's your choice. I would take the metro.
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see, i just saved your life !! now, u gonna hook me up with some free part?

but yeah, no more DC anything for me. 3% is insnae.. i think even the Cherry blossom has aids.
lol lol Jackson, dont be scare to go to DC.
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Take your IS and be worry free. It is not even worth it. DC has the some of the worst roads in the country (right behind NJ and NY). Of course, it's your choice. I would take the metro.
Yeah looks like I'll be taking IS300... or take a 1 night 2 days trip by train.

So many great advices, Mid-Atlantic members, you guys rock!
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^^ I didn't know White Flint had a garage!
I live a 2 miles from there... but Grosvenor does... the station is a mile from the 495 exit, and the garage is pretty nice!
It's also a station where trains come more frequently on the red line...
I couldn't think of the station name . Grosvenor is right.
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wow, good to know. No more DC strip clubs for me.

Nothing like the Camelot !
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driving into DC

If you are driving into the city, you can bring your BMW.
If you spend the night, I suggest leaving your car in the hotel garage.

The streets have pot holes like any other city.
Just watch where you are driving.

I would definitely NOT leave your car at any Metro station and ride in. You are better off parking on the mall, ie, Constitution, Independence or Penn Ave. There is always someone freeing up a space. You can also park on 7th st SW and walk a few blocks.
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