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Driving to the Smithsonian

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Driving to the Smithsonian

An option....we could drive to the Smithsonian on Rt. 66 from Massanutten, VA (my question below) instead of parking at the Vienna station & taking the train in. How reasonable is this? Parking? Would my husband and I have to take turns driving around while one of us ran in and toured???? Again, thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Driving to the Smithsonian

It depends on the day of the week. On a Sunday, any spot you find on the street you can leave your car at all day. On other days of the week, meters are active at most spots and you can only feed the meter for a couple hours before you run the risk of getting a large parking ticket.

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2. Re: Driving to the Smithsonian

If you want to to all day touring on a weekday or saturday and not deal with the meter issue Matt brought up (and remember, in DC meters are $2/hour with a 2 hour max, and yes the meter maids will catch you if you don't move your car after those two hours), you could park in the garages at either L'enfant plaza (closest to the air and space museum), or in the Reagan building (closer to the Natural History and American History museums), but each of those will run you about $20 for the day to warehouse your car.

Which Smithsonians do you plan on visiting? There are about a half dozen on the mall itself and the Castle is essentially a glorified visitor's center. Personally, I find my mind pretty drained after one, but if you want to make a marathon of it, keep in mind that you probably won't want to move the car whenever you switch museums (unless you stick to the 2 hour time limit and keep feeding meters all day, then you'd pretty much have to, but 2 hours is not enough for most of the museums, unless you rush them).

Is it just the two of you? Unless there is some major track work on metro, I'd highly recommend sticking with metro.

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