Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 23 Oct 19, 10:20 PM  
Link to this Post
#1
jocat
VIP Dibber
 
jocat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 10

theDIBB Guidebook
Guidebook Photos: 67
Five Days in Washington DC - October 2019

Five Days in Washington DC - October 2019

Well it’s pre-trippie time, and for the second year running, I’m managing to write this prior to our arrival at the airport hotel the night before we travel. Believe me, that is such an achievement!

Our usual holidays are based in the summer - I work in a school so have to stick to school holidays. However, this year was very different - I had to work for at least 3 weeks of the holidays, Martin had a work project on for 5 weeks of the possible 6 weeks and our daughter gave birth to our granddaughter. Not going away then didn’t bother me a bit for this lovely reason.



We decided to try and find somewhere to go in October half-term and after looking at the prices for a week in Europe, , we decided to look for a city break further afield.

We love exploring different parts of America, so it didn’t take long for Washington DC to be mentioned - it had been on our wish lists for a while. So we started looking at flights. We hoped to travel in Premium Economy, so our preferred airline for this was Virgin - for us, BA’s PE doesn’t come close in terms of seat comfort and value for money compared to Virgin. I’d had an email about Virgin Holidays having a sale, so decided to look there for ideas of cost, and then compare it with booking everything separately.

I hadn’t got a clue about the different areas to stay though and there weren’t that many choices of hotel. I found a decent VH flight and hotel deal with The Fairmont, which looked lovely, then frantically started reading hotel reviews and recommendations for where to stay or where to avoid. I also loved the look of the rooms at the Watergate Hotel - decisions, decisions. 🤔

Having had a quick look at what was close to each hotel, in terms of restaurants being close by, we tried to book the VH deal with the Fairmont. However, VH had other ideas. Booking was a nightmare - the website just wouldn’t accept the booking, so we tried booking over the phone instead and that proved impossible too. Over the course of a week, I had three separate ‘booking’ references, but no actual booking. There was apparently a problem with Virgin’s system connecting to the hotel, and despite many promises that they would get it resolved and call me back, they never did. So a week later, I lost my patience and told them I’d book separately. They tried to tell me I couldn’t go elsewhere as I had a ‘booking’, but then owned up that I didn’t when I told them that a deposit had not been taken and I had received no email confirmation of anything.

I went straight on to the Virgin Atlantic site and booked our flights myself. The booking went through and all was well. We now had a bit more time to research hotels, as we were no longer restricted to the handful that VH had.

After quite a few weeks of indecision, we eventually plumped for The District by Hilton Club. It’s located between Georgetown and Dupont Circle and seems to have very spacious rooms - I do like my space!





Anyway, on to the introductions. For those that haven’t read any of my trip reports, I’m Jo and my husband is Martin. This is us on last year’s holiday at Lake Louise.



Our planning for Washington took a while to get off the ground. In fact, we only really looked at it properly a fortnight ago. There were a couple of exceptions to this though - in July we applied for a couple of tours, one to the White House and one to the Pentagon. We’ve recently had an email to say we’ve been granted a White House tour, but are still waiting to hear about the Pentagon.

Our planned itinerary might need a couple of tweaks, depending on the weather, but this is what we have scheduled:

Travel Day - we’re flying from Heathrow and are due to land at Dulles airport at 3 pm, but haven’t a clue how long it will take to clear the airport and get to our hotel. Once we’ve dumped our bags, we’ll probably head out to get our bearings in the local area and find something to eat. We’ve deliberately left this vague, as I’m usually rubbish at staying up on the first night.



Day 1 - our White House tour is scheduled bright and early at 7:30 am. 😯 At least the time difference should help us be up early. By all accounts, the tour only lasts about 45 minutes, so I imagine we’ll be looking for breakfast soon afterwards! We’re also going to try and get tickets for Washington Monument this morning - we’ve had no luck pre-booking them online as it’s only just reopened after being closed for 3 years. However, they have saved some for those that queue up on the day. We plan to spend the afternoon looking around the various memorials.

Day 2 - We’ve planned to visit a couple of museums today. The National Museum of American History is on the list, followed by wandering the Mall and seeing where else we fancy exploring. We hope to wander through Georgetown tonight to find somewhere to eat.

Day 3 - This is the day we’re hoping to get clearance to visit the Pentagon. As we’ll be close by, we’ll follow this by visiting Arlington Cemetery. We then hope to go back to view the memorials at night - they’re supposed to look beautiful all lit up in the evening.

Day 4 - We have tickets for the Capitol Building today, and hope to follow that with the Supreme Court and Library of Congress. We’ve booked dinner tonight at Joe’s Seafood, Steak and Stone Crab, which gets great reviews.

Day 5 - Today is our last day and has been reserved for packing, checking out and then visiting the National Archives. We’ll nip back to the hotel to collect our cases, before heading off to the airport at about 4 pm for our flight home.

And that’s it. The packing is nearly done - just the last few little bits to go in tomorrow once we get home from work and then we’ll be heading down to the Premier Inn on Bath Road, ready for our flight on Friday morning.

Edited at 10:22 PM.
jocat is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 25 Oct 19, 11:07 PM  
Link to this Post
#2
smithlane
VIP Dibber
 
smithlane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 15
Sounds like a great trip planned Jo! We are hoping to do Washington DC next November so will be reading with interest
smithlane is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 26 Oct 19, 08:49 AM  
Link to this Post
#3
kateh134
Imagineer
 
kateh134's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 08

kateh134's Reviews
DIBB Villa Reviews: 1
We’re off to DC next May and looking forward to reading along. Have a fab time.
__________________
Kate
kateh134 is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 26 Oct 19, 10:11 AM  
Link to this Post
#4
anji
Imagineer
 
anji's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 04
Location: Southampton
Sounds a great trip. Washington is on our list too. Love reading your reports!
anji is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 27 Oct 19, 09:41 AM  
Link to this Post
#5
Gunna
Apprentice Imagineer
 
Gunna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 11
Mobile

Have a great time in DC, amazing city and congratulations too, she’s lovely!

Look forward to reading about your trip Jo.
__________________

Neil

Life's not meant to be lived in one place

The One Stop Trip Spot - all my trip reports all in one place
Gunna is offline Boy Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 29 Oct 19, 07:17 PM  
Link to this Post
#6
Goldia
VIP Dibber
 
Goldia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 16

Goldia's Reviews
Hotel Reviews: 5
Restaurant Reviews: 43
Ha! We've just got back from DC, yesterday in fact! I hope you had a brilliant time, it sounds like you've got a great plan. We loved the city. There is so much to see. We didn't get a tour of the white house, but we did do the Capitol. It was so interesting.

I've loved your trip reports I'm looking forward to reading your trippie as I really enjoyed the Toronto trip you did and hope to copy you next October.
__________________
Abby

New Trip Report

At Last I See The Light - DLP August 2020


All my old trip reports are here in one place
Goldia is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 29 Oct 19, 11:33 PM  
Link to this Post
#7
jocat
Thread Starter
VIP Dibber
 
jocat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 10

theDIBB Guidebook
Guidebook Photos: 67
Thanks all. I’ve loved our time here and am very sad that we’re flying home in just over 24 hours. Feel like we’ve only just scratched the surface - there’s so much to see and do.

My feet will be thankful we’re coming home though! 😂
jocat is offline Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 30 Oct 19, 03:18 PM  
Link to this Post
#8
Melbatb
Imagineer
 
Melbatb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 13
Glad you are having a fab time. Looking forward to hearing all about it!
__________________

Index of my trip reports
2016 Quebec - Kuala Lumpar - New York City 2017 Dubai - Eurocamps France - Ontario and Quebec - So-Cal 2018 Montreal - Bangkok - New England 2019 Argentina - Quebec City - Hong Kong
Melbatb is online now Girl Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Old 13 Nov 19, 02:09 PM  
Link to this Post
#9
neilhd
VIP Dibber
 
neilhd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 08
Sorry I missed this!

Love Washington DC! Off to catch up on the trippie now!
__________________
My Previous Trip Reports
neilhd is offline Boy Mouse Click to view Members Trip Plans Add Member to Ignore List
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 06:01 AM.


Powered by vBulletin - Copyright © 2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Latest News
Posted in Walt Disney World
On 27th October 3:18pm
Walt Disney World has announced that their entrance gateways to Walt Disney World are about... Read More »
Posted in Disneyland News
On 21st October 8:51am
Disneyland California is the only major Disney theme park to not reopen after all the... Read More »
Posted in Disney Shopping
On 18th October 9:02am
Disney has reduced the price of its large soft toys by up to 50%. Bargains... Read More »

theDIBB Menu


Exchange Rates
US Dollar Rates
ASDA  $1.2670
CaxtonFX  $1.2627
Covent Garden FX  $1.2751
FAIRFX  $1.2690
John Lewis  $1.2695
M&S  $1.2454
Post Office  $1.2449
Sainsburys  $1.2638
TESCO  $1.2669
Travelex  $1.2600
Updated: 05:00 31/10/2020
Euro Rates
ASDA  €1.0852
CaxtonFX  €1.0809
Covent Garden FX  €1.0963
FAIRFX  €1.0830
John Lewis  €1.0872
M&S  €1.0664
Post Office  €1.0661
Sainsburys  €1.0828
TESCO  €1.0849
Travelex  €1.0800
Updated: 05:00 31/10/2020

DIBB Premium Membership
Did you know you can help support theDIBB with Premium Membership?

Check out this link for more information and benefits, such as...

"No adverts on theDIBB Forums"

Upgrade Now