We are coming to DC Saturday 9/29 for 4 nights. We have reservations for the National Archives at 9:45 on Monday morning 10/1. We are staying at the Embassy Suites on 22nd St., so the closest metro options I see are the blue line at Foggy Bottom. The guidebook says the closest stop to the Archives is Smithsonian, but on the map it looks to me like Federal Triangle is closer... Which would be the closest stop to use?
Also, since we are only there for 3 full days, we would like to do some sightseeing on Saturday after we arrive. Assuming the flight is on time, it lands at 3:00 pm, so we should be able to taxi to the hotel and be ready to go by 4:30 pm. All the "indoor" attractions seem to close by 5:00 or 5:30, so we thought we'd try to do the memorials - Lincoln, Vietnam, etc... But there doesn't seem to be an easy way to get there by Metro, so if we took a cab from the hotel, how much would it be, and more importantly, how easy would it be to get a cab back? How far (in miles, not blocks) is it from the Embassy Suites to that area? And how far is it from the Lincoln Memorial area to the Jefferson memorial and FDR memorial? One last question - if we walked back to the hotel from the Lincoln memorial, would there be any restaurants on the way we could stop and have dinner??? Thanks for your help!