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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Go Herd! Washington DC road trip thoughts

Rumor has it that the Thundering Herd may be headed to Washington DC for a football game in December. Here’s a hotel for consideration.

The Hotel Harrington is my choice for most folks traveling to Washington DC. Admittedly it is a well used older tourist hotel but you can beat the value and location. Located at 436 11th Street, N.W. it is in the heart of a restaurant and shopping district. It features 245 guest rooms, including 26 extra large family rooms. It is just ½ block from Pennsylvania Avenue, between the Capitol and the White House.

DC is a great walking city especially when you use the public transportation to get to the various neighborhoods. Be sure to check out the DC Metro and there is a stop near RFK stadium. But let’s start our stroll from the Harrington.

Walk four blocks west and tour the White House. Then go south across the green grass of the Ellipse to the Washington Monument; turn west and pass beneath stately trees to the Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials.

Another day, walk two blocks south to the Mall and see the American History Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Air & Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art - there is always more to see.

Tour Ford's Theater or the FBI headquarters one block east of the Harrington; five blocks further east brings you to the Pension Building, home of the Building Museum. Look inside to see the most spectacular interior space in Washington. The US Capitol and the Library of Congress are further east, half an hour's walk from the Harrington, or take the Metro, Washington's subway, two blocks north of the Hotel.

You may want to reserve some rooms today

Be kind to your travel agent and get out of town!