I am planning to reach DC on the 17th of July and will stay 1-2 night, not sure of the 2nd night right now, might leave the 2nd day for NYC.
I am 27 and with my wife. 1st visit to DC. Coming to DC mainly for the main attractions, like monuments, a couple of museums, and anyother attractions that are close by. See things by the tour buses, maybe hop around the shopping district for the feel of it, get to feel the character of DC. Do not intend to plan anything for the outskirts or any other day long plans, just to spend the days within the districts main tourist areas...
Now for what I need help on:
My budget for a stay is around a $100/night max, would prefer something around $80 actually. From what I can get after going through the hotel reviews and their profiles is that they go well beyond $ 100. Are there options within the main DC area like Dupont, Mall, Georgetown or such closer areas, for hotels/B&Bs/Motels/Inns with lower rates.
If not, then what would be a farther area with such facilities but also close to Metros or right public transport that could get me to the attractions area. Need suggestions on the area/location and even hotels etc that would be in that range and advisable, and the public transportation that is close by to use. Wat would be the typical routes to use form the suggested areas.
Also, for going onwards to NYC, actually Stamford is where I will be staying and will be commuting to NYC from there. Whats the recommended mode of transport, like train or bus, their reliability, travel time and approx cost to Stamford.
I know thats a lot but would really help.