What’s Doing in Washington, D.C.

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Willard InterContinental Lobby

Willard InterContinental Lobby

The Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square is located literally one block from the White House in a renovated, historic building built in 1880. The property is about the closest you can come to staying at the president’s house without actually staying in the Lincoln Bedroom, and it is adorned with numerous historical photos and pictures for the history buff.

GETTING THERE

The District is served by three airports as well as a major train station.

Union Station, within walking distance of Capitol Hill, is filled with shops and places to eat as well, and Amtrak offers Acela express train service to Boston, New York, and Philadelphia as well as regional service to numerous cities and towns.

The Hotel Palomar DC

The Hotel Palomar DC

For visitors, getting in and out of Washington is becoming easier. The recently renamed Washington Reagan National Airport finally has its new (if somewhat garish) main terminal, and without stepping outside, you can catch Metro trains to downtown. But for cheaper air fares, check out the more-distant Baltimore-Washington Airport.

For train travelers, Amtrak lowers rates in summer (especially for kids) and it drops you exactly where you want to be: the refurbished Union Station, within sight of Capitol Hill. The station is filled with boutiques and places to eat, and is a retreat from the Washington heat.

Located in nearby Fairfax County, Virginia, approximately 26 miles (42 kilometers) west of the Washington’s downtown area, Washington Dulles International Airport was opened in 1962 to serve the Washington metropolitan area. AeroTrain, an approximately four-mile-long underground train system within the airport, opened to passengers in 2010, and transports travelers between the main terminal building and Concourses A, B, and C. The airport is one of the United Airlines’ two major main transatlantic gateways (the other is Newark Liberty), and the airline handled 61.1% of scheduled passengers June 2015.

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