We are planning a DC visit the third week of October 2014. So far, the hotels (IHG, Hamptons, etc) we have looked into have been around $250-$350 per night. Wow! Is this the norm for October? I have looked at other times and the hotels are significantly cheaper. I am wondering if I should go ahead and book or if the rates might come down closer to the trip. We would like to stay near the attractions so we can mostly walk.
We do want to go to Udvur-Hazy at least one day so I would guess renting a car for that day would be the best option? Or would it be better to get a hotel out near Dulles for that one night? (We are flying into and out of BWI).