My mom and I will be visiting during the dates of April 10-12 to see the cherry blossoms and near areas. I'm trying to go through Priceline or Hotwire and having difficulty choosing an area to stay near the DC area. I want to stay one night near the cherry blossoms, close enough for me to walk or ride the bus to get to the cherry blossoms. This is our first time going so I am very lost! I plan to stay the night of the 10th near the cherry blossoms and then elsewhere on the night of the 11th.
So my questions is: if I go through a discounted website such as Hotwire or Priceline, what area do I want to choose to be near the cherry blossoms? I don't have to be in walking distance.. as much as I would love to, it is too expensive! I just want to be in a safe area that does not take too long to get to the cherry blossoms. Or is it possibly for me to book a hotel in the Fairfax or Tysons Corner area and get to the cherry blossoms via bus? What's the best routes to get there?
I would like to stay below $150 if possible. I guess I just want to know the best way to get to the cherry blossoms without spending a fortune. Can you tell me how you traveled so that I can see if I can get around places without my car?
Thanks so much!