This was my first time in DC. It was where my mother wanted to spend her birthday. Dad and I being big history buffs, we didn't object.
by Dana Schnoor on February 26, 2009
They only hand out a limited number of free tickets each day to take the elevator to the top of the Washington Monument. Those limited tickets go FAST! The ticket window opens about 8:30 AM, we got there about 8:00 AM to get in line. With tickets in hand, you to come back at a designated time to take the elevator up to the top of the monument. You can request a specific timeframe for your tickets, but no guarentee that time will still be available.At your designated time, you come back to get in another line, go through security, and squeeze into the elevator for the ride to the top. There is intersting things to see while you ride up, but the "must do" piece of the Washington Monument is the view of the city. The windows are small and you have many people trying to see the view at the same time, so you have to be patient!! Also, the windows are made of thick, scratched plexi-glass, so you won't be able to take arial photos of the city from there.
The Old Town Alexandria area is the ideal place to stay if you are visiting the Washington DC area. The Hampton Inn hotel on King Street is just a block and a half from the King Street Metro station and you are a quick 15 minute metro ride from all of the main attractions in DC. In addition, the Old Town Alexandria area is filled with cute little boutique type shops, fantastic restaruants, a few pubs and great night life. We loved spending each day hitting the tourists stops in DC, taking the metro back to Alexandria and then enjoying a quieter evening finding dinner options.The Hampton Inn hotel is nestled in this great Old Town area making it easy to walk to dinner.The hotel staff was extremely friendly. The hotel room is better than expected and clean. A full complementary breakfast of available in the lobby each morning and was extremely helpful in getting us to the site seeing early.This is not an extremely plush upscale hotel, but rather a nice, clean basic hotel that more than meet our expectations and our needs for this trip. We are planning on going back to DC this October and will definitely be staying at the Hampton Inn again.
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