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My Trip to Washington DC

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 by Phillip Napieralski

My girlfriend and I recently embarked on a trip to Washington DC for the first weekend of spring break. We managed to do this for under $300 by staying with her friend, Xiao Yu, too. In fact, our final bill was:

$140 gas both ways
+ $90 food
+ $10 transportation (subway tickets)
+ $18 iMax movie (Dinosaurs 3D)
$258 total for 2 people

Tips and Tricks


Parking is incredibly expensive in Washington DC if you’re inexperienced. Many people advised me to park at a subway station that has long-term overnight parking (Shady Grove, Fraconia-springfield or Huntington terminal) and simply subway into the city. Since it was a weekend trip, however, we were able to park in the street for the entire trip. Weekend street parking is free and available in some areas from Friday at 7pm until Monday at 7am. We took advantage of this the whole time.

On Monday, we left early to eat and to check out the statue park and art gallery. We reached the statue park gates at 9:30am (before they opened) and managed to get a front row parking spot (I’m super proud of that)!

My sweet parking spot

Stuff to See

There is so much free stuff to do in DC. We checked out the Museum of Natural History, the Art Museum, the Statue Park, drove around Mount Vernon and went to the top of the George Washington Monument.

The George Washington Monument was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. If you line up at 7am at the ticket booth near the monument, you can get a timed ticket that allows you access to the top of the monument. On the geeky side, I’m thinking of using google street view to stitch all the images of the view together to create a really cool panorama experience.


There is so much more we can do in DC, so we’ll be back. Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip.