I'm looking for recommendations on where to stay in DC. We will be arriving via Train from NYC as early as we can and leaving the next day around lunch time for Orlando. I know that this isn't nearly enough time to see much, but for me it's better than nothing.
We really want to see as much as we can in this time and i'm happy to just "see" things instead of spending a lot of time at them so i'm thinking maybe a HOHO bus might be good. But we will also want to stay really close to the action so that we can maximise our time. Ideally i'd like to spend less than $150 for the night, we (two of us in our 30s) will be coming on Sept 16th.
Main things we want to see are: White House, Lincoln Memorial etc and maybe a trip to the National Zoo because we love animals.