I'm heading down to Washington from Jan 17 - 21st. I'm staying up in Fort Meade, and have already bought my MARC train (Camden Line) passes for Jan 20th from Savage station to Union Station. I hope to take in the "zoo" downtown for a couple hours on inauguration day and then high-tail it outta there by 2 pm. I have a few questions for any local experts.
1) How much difficulty will there be in leaving the downtown area by foot? When would be the best time to leave downtown and where can I go? My return train isn't until 7:40 pm, but with the portapotty/restaurant situation, I can't imagine surviving downtown until then.
2) I'm planning on taking the same train downtown on Sunday morning, and maybe even Monday morning. Will it be crowded? Can I get everywhere by foot? Can we get close enough to the event area to get pictures of the stage (since we won't be able to bring a DSLR on Inauguration Day)? The more we can do on Sunday/Monday, the less we'll need to do on Tuesday.
3) Are there any restaurants in Annapolis or Annapolis Junction that you can recommend for Sunday/Monday night? Not too pricey, but good seafood/crab.
Any help will be appreciated. Our 11 year old is insistent on being there for the inauguration, but I'm hoping to get most of what he wants out of sightseeing the days before and after.