Archive for January, 2009

Planning for Inauguration

January 2, 2009

If you’re planning to join us to help celebrate the Inauguration of our new president, then welcome! We hope you have a wonderful time in Washington, DC. Whether it’s your first time in the nation’s capital or you’ve been here before, here are a few tips to make your visit go more smoothly.

Don’t plan to drive around town once you’ve arrived. Many roads will be closed and additional roads may close during the day. You’ll have a much better time if you take metro or plan to walk.

Plan your route. Metro will close some stations (Smithsonian and Archives – Navy Memorial)  but will be running rush hour service all day. Metro has created a special Inauguration Page with information about commemorative farecards, service, etc.  Purchasing the all-day farecards will ensure you don’t run out of fare during the day.

Know what you can bring. The DC government has also created an Inauguration website with updates. Check there for the latest information on the best routes, schedules, and other information related to inaugural activities. Regardless of the weather, umbrellas will not be allowed within the security perimeter.

Be prepared for the weather. The weather in Washington, DC is notoriously unpredictable in January. It can be quite balmy but can also be windy and cold. For security purposes, if you are planning to attend the festivities on the Mall, limit what you are carrying, but be prepared for the weather and long walks.

Know where to meet. Have designated meeting points and times in case you get separated from your group. Know what to do in case you don’t all get on the same metro car or train. Be sure that everyone in the group has the phone number and address of the hotel.

Plan to text. While extra capacity is being brought in for the day,Wireless Association recommends sending text messages instead of relying on voice calls and waiting until later in the day to send photos taken on your cell phones.

Enjoy DC. If you’re looking for other sights to take in, consider the exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery celebrating the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth as well as his inauguration.  The National Portrait Gallery is located at 8th & F Streets NW near Gallery Place – Chinatown Metro.

If you’re still looking for a place to stay, the Hamilton Crowne Plaze has some rooms that newly came available – we have a 4 night minimum and while parking isn’t included,  it is available, and you can’t beat the location. We’re at 14th & K – just 3 blocks from the White House. Check availability online or call 202.682.0111 to talk to the reservations staff.

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